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  • Show ring manners for youth riders
  • Equestrian arena etiquette off course

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    06-06-2012, 10:24 AM
  #11
Foal
In some areas, the warm up ring has a "heads up" rule. You let others know where you are going by yelling that and the line or jump that you are taking.

If they are warming up on the flat for dressage, Your daughter may have to assert herself by asking him if he wants inside or outside and to let her know and not to cut her off. If she's not comfortable with thAt, you may need to do it. If you have a trainer, Or know one, Ask them to do it. Something to try: maybe talk to him on the ground about it, With others around so that you can stay calm and he has to be calm also as there are witnesses.

My dad once got in a trainers face... Not recommending that, but 25 years ago I almost got hurt b/c she had her student jump the same jump I had called. It was not good.
     
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    06-06-2012, 10:32 AM
  #12
Foal
Another question... Does he actually have control over his horse? If not, your rider (sorry I didn't realize ) May just have to avoid him by anticipating where he's going to be and circling away from him. She could practice it at home ahead of time as well. If she's showing in a group at all, it would help her show off a bit too if she's out of the group for a while as well.
Good luck as you sort this out.
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    06-06-2012, 10:45 AM
  #13
Trained
Next time this happened, I'd file a complaint with the ring steward. If nothing happens and he doesn't stop, then I'd be standing at the out gate waiting for him and I would make it very clear to him that I was willing to be very pro-active for my rider if he didn't lay off.

We had a male trainer in Tucson who was HORRIBLE! He'd have his riders ride down our riders, he'd scream at the kids (never the adults of course) and do whatever poor sportsman thing he could think of to upset the kids before their classes. We started sending 2 or 3 adults with the kids every time they went to warm up and let him know that G.I. Blanket Parties could still be arranged if he didn't stop bullying our kids. The fact that we were ALL equipped with lunge whips and swinging them just a little bit might have unnerved him, he quit picking on the kids in our barn.
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    06-06-2012, 11:19 AM
  #14
Foal
This is happening in the show ring. He has only passed this particular horse and rider. Everyone's suggestions have been great and dead on to what we've been working with her to do the next time - which is this weekend. Thanks to all for the input.
     
    06-06-2012, 01:07 PM
  #15
Trained
Let us know how it goes, and I would probably give the ring steward a heads up prior so they can be watching during the class, rather than getting into memory games after the fact.
     
    06-06-2012, 02:48 PM
  #16
Yearling
There was someone that would do this to me all the time when I used to show. It got so bad that someone else she did this to actually got hurt. I finally just started yelling "RAIL" everytime she did this (just like honking your horn in your car). It is a safety issue and if it's in the arena during a class it needs to be brought to the judges attention immediatly. Only yell "RAIL" if there really is no where else for the person to pass or place themselves.
     
    07-23-2012, 04:28 PM
  #17
Foal
Update on bad arena behavior

First, thanks to all for the replies. The guy didn'tshow up last month;however, he did show up this month , with no incident - maybe show president let him know I gave them a heads up about what her was doing. Ironically, he was at another show though. He tried it again , but we had been working with the girl on not letting him in and she did it. He tried wedging his horse and forcing her to move out, but her horse held fast and he was forced to pass on the inside. He even tried to cut her off after he passed, but her horse held fast and when he came over she head butted his horse and caused him to break gait, just as he passed the judge - JUSTICE.
Again, thanks for all the input - love this website
     
    07-23-2012, 04:34 PM
  #18
Weanling
Love it!
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    07-23-2012, 04:38 PM
  #19
Trained
Serves him right! I hate dirty riders. If they'd work half as hard on their riding abilities and their horses, as they do on being dirty jack*sses, they wouldn't need to cheat.
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    07-23-2012, 11:12 PM
  #20
Yearling
Guy sounds like an A-Plus Jerk.
     

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