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        07-13-2011, 04:51 AM
    What do you love about shows?

    I don't show, but I just want to know what makes you want to show your horse.
    Is it the ribbons you win? The fun you have? The horse your riding? The clothes?
    What makes you want to keep showing? Or for those like myself that don't. Why do you want to show? :)
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        07-13-2011, 04:59 AM
    Preparing & practising before a show and working towards a goal I suppose is what I enjoy most. Being with others that mutually share my interest. And of course, showing off my horse.
        07-13-2011, 06:25 AM
    Originally Posted by waresbear    
    Preparing & practising before a show and working towards a goal I suppose is what I enjoy most. Being with others that mutually share my interest. And of course, showing off my horse.
    Nice. :)
        07-13-2011, 12:06 PM
    Hmmmm there are ALOT of things I LOVE!!!! For me...being in that kind of environment is awesome!...i love riding in arenas (i usually don't get to ride in them). Getting my horse all bathed and dressed to go out. Being around other horse lovers! Getting to see events I don't get to ride in and knowing how their done!
        07-13-2011, 01:08 PM
    I'm not going to lie.

    Showing off. Honestly, I love showing off my improvements and achievements with my horse. I want to show off our bond, our difficulties and overcoming those. I love showing my horse off, I think he is beautiful and incredibly talented. I love the adrenaline of feeling nervous and accomplishing goals and pushing myself to achieve better and better. It is never really about a faster time, or the best placing for me. But sometimes the best shows are where we have a clean round, or we both get along and have a great connection. Its about improving our personal best and understanding each other in a stressful situation.
        07-13-2011, 02:19 PM
    My favorite thing about horse shows is the atmosphere. Ponies and kids and dogs everywhere, trainers running around, horse show moms and dads trying to get the best places on the rail for pics, families camped out around their trailers waiting for afternoon classes to start...i just love it.
        07-13-2011, 10:52 PM
    I love that my horse loves to rise to the occasion. When we're home practicing, we get uneven gaits, bad distances to jumps, nothing looks that good. I get him to a show and he struts around like everyone's there to look at him. He gets all his leads over fences and goes around the course like he owns the place. He really likes to put it all out there, and I love that about him. Hanging out all day with other people who love their horses is pretty special too.
        07-14-2011, 02:52 AM
    Originally Posted by Horsesdontlie    
    Showing off.
    This is one of the reasons I don't show. :)
    For some reason, I don't like to show off. I think one of the reasons is because comparred to the horses I see at shows my little welsh is nothing fancy. Actually, he is a little ball of cuddly fur, but I love him for what he is. :)
    I believe horses get judged on appearances as well as performance at shows?
        07-14-2011, 11:43 PM
    I love being in that atmosphere. I love being around the people I share the same passion with and that I can relate to. Also, like others have mentioned, definitely showing off! I love riding my horse and showing what we've worked on. I also love placing in classes just to say that that's how I did in that class and I'm proud of it!
        07-14-2011, 11:46 PM
    Showing off the hard work I've put into my horse. Finding what does (or doesn't) need improvement - for instance I've been doing gaming shows and it's finally gotten to the point where I feel my mare is ready to be 'pushed' so I'm super excited for our next show where I can push her. She's been doing great so when she is pushed I can only imagine!

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