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post #1 of 7 Old 05-30-2008, 03:38 AM Thread Starter
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Showmanship - When to Wait for Judge?

So, I have 7 days for my horse and I to learn Showmanship before our first show! Yeah, I kind of procrastinated on that one. We had a training session today and my boy actually did pretty good. And it was even kind of fun!

I don't have any high hopes for blue ribbons in Showmanship, but I want to make sure I follow the proper rules and be respectful to the judge.

I know, before I start my pattern, I wait until the judge acknowledges me before I start. But, after my "inspection," do I wait again for the judge to nod (or whatever) before I finish the pattern (or head to line)? Are there any other points during a Showmanship class where I need to wait for the Judge for any reason?

Any other pro tips on Showmanship are welcomed and appreciated!!
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post #2 of 7 Old 05-30-2008, 04:24 AM
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I have no idea what showmanship is, but when we do hack and rider classes over here you should acknowladge the judge both times.

I guess it never hurts to be polite to the judge.
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post #3 of 7 Old 05-30-2008, 07:25 AM
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Well. Always greet the judge and I personally would wait for the nod. If they don't nod, just say "Am I right to go?" or something

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For you to start your pattern, they will usually nod to you, or sometimes motion with their hand. To dismiss you from the inspection, they will say something like thank you, you are excused, or proceed to the line-up. If you are required to do something on the pattern after the inspection, look back and nod at the judge as you are completing your pattern. Also, just make sure to pay atttention to the directions you are given from either the judge or ring steward. Best of luck!
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Yes, you should wait util the judge dismisses you, she/he will usually nod, say thank you, or motion towards the line up. You also should try to keep your eyes on the judge as much as possible and think about it this way, you are presenting your horse so good luck :)
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When I did showmanship as a youngster, if you were to trot away from the judge, you'd have to look over your right shoulder and ackowledge the judge. Whoever didn't lost this true for most showmanship classes?

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Originally Posted by koomy56 View Post
When I did showmanship as a youngster, if you were to trot away from the judge, you'd have to look over your right shoulder and ackowledge the judge. Whoever didn't lost this true for most showmanship classes?
The patterns are more complex than they were years back. You still should acknowledge the judge as you complete your pattern work, but it may not be appropriate to look over your right shoulder anymore. It really depends on the manuevers you are doing & your placement to the judge. Some judges will look for this acknowledgement and some don't care.

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