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post #1 of 10 Old 08-12-2011, 05:00 PM Thread Starter
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Angry Rant! (about the show ring)

Hi everyone!

Has anyone else noticed how warmbloods have become such a trend in the show ring that the other breeds competing aren't placed as fairly? I have no problem with warmbloods, I think they are absolutely wonderful horses, but this is definitely something that I have noticed. And it may be that this is just at local shows, where they aren't as professional, but it's quite irritating! It's a little discouraging when you go into a hunter class and already expect to place lower than the rest just because you're on a less expensive horse. Yes, it's reality, but none the less frustrating!

What do ya'll think?
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post #2 of 10 Old 08-12-2011, 05:04 PM
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I've never thought of judges being picky with breeds but in jumper courses my friends 18.3hh warmblood definitely clocks a better time than the QHs, just because of the huuuuge stride. Nothing against the breed, I love em. But think, the rider on that competitive warmblood is working just as hard if not harder than everyone else to hold back a huge animal like that. ;)
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post #3 of 10 Old 08-12-2011, 05:13 PM Thread Starter
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Good point!

And I don't mean jumpers, they have the clock to back it up, I mainly meant the hunters - sorry, I should have specified!

And maybe one more thing I should re-word - I guess I just feel like the judges don't really consider other breeds as much as the warmbloods; you know, like they just pay more attention to them

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I've never seen that in hunters. Hm, maybe I'm not looking close enough haha. Do they have better form? Also, with a huge horse, the rider might not feel as much jump as on a smaller pony. So it's easier for position? Haha I don't know, don't flame me for that :P
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Oh no problem! I'm sure in a lot of cases they do, I just wish that they wouldn't blow off the other horses. I could be making this all up in my head lol, some of us have noted this so I thought I'd throw it out there But then again, maybe it's just where I am. Hmm...
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I showed my 13.2 grade pony against warmbloods, tbs, and other "fancy" horses.
We got 6 out of 20. Beat a highly known trainer.
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Wow congrats!
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I really haven't noticed this at all at the shows I'm at.
I've seen a paint x TB beat out some of the WB's in a 3' hunter class simply because it had a nicer round. A hunter judge should be looking at how the horse mvoes and jumps, not discrimate based on breed.

Of course the imported $70,000 warmbloods are going to place higher in hunters than the average TB or QH. Bottom line is the nice, expensive warmbloods are flashier, usually better trained and move/jump nicer. In hunters you need to have a horse that stands out to the judge, they get bored with watching bay TB after bay TB. As horrible as it sounds, hunters is all about the look. A lot of times I see that for hunter horses, you get what you pay for. You pay for the movement, the size, the jump, the overall hunter look. Unfortunately that's just how the politics fot he hutner world work. You can however, find some real hunter gems that you don't have to pay an arm and a leg for haha.

If you feel your being discriminated against because your horse isn't as flashy or moves as nice as the expensive warmbloods, maybe try jumpers! Just as fun and the only thing judging you is the clock. :)


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In my experience though, those 70k WBs are by no means easy keepers, so if the show wins you any money with one. It's aaaall going to the upkeep of such a pretty pony. ;)
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Thanks for the input guys!
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