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    07-18-2010, 01:10 PM
Fun Show Classes

Hi everyone :) So my instructor is letting me organize a fun show at our barn for the public to come and join in on. I need class ideas! I already have the normal egg & spoon and simon says but what other fun classes do you like? I would like to hear some creative ones :) post your ideas below please & thank you
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    07-18-2010, 02:05 PM
My daughter just competed in an open show a few weeks ago. There was a class called w/t Steady Eddy. We had no idea what the class was but decided to do it anyway.

Each rider got a plastic drinking cup ( approx. 6 oz) filled with water . They had to ride around the ring at a walk and trot( both ways) at the end of the class the judge checked the cup to see how much water was left. The rider with the most water left in the cup won.

My daughter did well considering her horse doesnt neck rein well and he has a bouncy . She got 2nd place out of 5-6 riders. She was wet but it was a hot day so it felt good : )

Also , costume class is always a fun one, we enjoy thinking up new costumes each year.
At the fun show for her 4H club , they had laundry race. Each rider got a laundry bag of clothes , raced down to a clothes line , dismounted, hung up the clothes on the line , mounted and raced back with another bag of clothes.
Fastest time wins. They had helpers to hold horses and a stool for mounting/dismounting for the shorter riders. Also to allow everyone to try it you could trot or canter for the race.

Sounds like fun!! Enjoy planning your show :)
    07-18-2010, 05:08 PM
I am trying to think how you could incorporate a fun obstacle, similar to the clothesline......something with squirt guns (we did that on a trail trial once, SO fun!) or pin the tail on the donkey......while mounted.....that was fun too. Maybe some shooting target for the squirt guns. We used a 5 gallon bucket on a drum, and had the long squirt guns you pulled to load, then we shot at a lifesize tiger.....maybe knock a plastic bottle off something similar? Again maybe fastest time to do it? Fill the gun, shoot and place back in the bucket.......
    07-18-2010, 05:20 PM
*Phone book race:)
*Costume, both ride-in and lead-in
*Bareback Dollar (Sit a Buck)
*A bareback equitation class maybe? That would be fun, though I've never seen it done. Artie and I would be AWESOME at that haha
    07-18-2010, 05:24 PM
Writing all your ideas down :) love the laundry bag race, sounds really fun and that water in the cup one, keep them coming!!!!
    07-18-2010, 05:30 PM
Originally Posted by equiniphile    
*Phone book race:)
*Costume, both ride-in and lead-in
*Bareback Dollar (Sit a Buck)
*A bareback equitation class maybe? That would be fun, though I've never seen it done. Artie and I would be AWESOME at that haha
Sit a buck/ride a buck (what we called it) is fun. We did that a the fun shows we had at the hunter barn I was at. I think the classes you should do depend on what everyone in your barn normally does. We did barrel racing at the hunter barn, and it was pretty hilarious to watch all of us hunter riders try it.
    07-18-2010, 05:32 PM
I don't know if you have the space for it, a lot of barns don't, but I've heard one that's really fun is everyone lines up at the start line, has a few paces to get in a canter, and at the line, everyone has to be cantering until the finish. You're not allowed to trot, walk, or stop, and the person who gets to the end *last* wins.
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    07-18-2010, 05:38 PM
@ smarie
Our barn does a little bit of everything, well to an extent. We get schooled in dressage but we go out to fun shows and hunter shows and everything in between just for a good time :)

@ equiniphile
I read something like that on another forum once I think that would be fun :) sort-of like the snail race only cantering, maybe do the same for the younger crown only trotting?
    06-14-2013, 02:23 PM
This is a really old thread, but I am planning a few fun show classes for the lesson kids at our barn, so thought I would bump it back up to see if any of our newer members had additional ideas to add to what's already been covered here. Would love more suggestions!
    06-14-2013, 02:57 PM
Bucket ball, and mounted shooting but use squirt guns :), ballon burst, and ribbon race r a few I can think off.
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