Originally Posted by kitten_Val
Interesting enough they don't have dressage anymore either. Indeed just jumping. I wonder if it's because of lack of interest or what? I'd think it's not hard to find good dressage folks (or barrel racing, or pole bending, or any other discipline). At least it's never been an issue at the Expo.
Hard to say, Val. I don't know why they turned it into just this huge jumping show. It's a shame really, considering what it used to be.
I was there as a helper the year the Black Stallion movie came out. They did a whole big extravaganza for that. Met Kelly Reno and of course Cass Ole, who played the Black in the movies. He was quite a lovely, personable horse. Very petite, as Arabians were back in the 1970s-1980s.
It was pretty hilarious in back of the arena when they brought in camels for the Black Stallion portion of the show. The TBs and WBs were going nuts, and all the Arabs just looked at them like, 'Man, those are some FUGLY horses! They smell weird, too.'