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post #1 of 10 Old 07-29-2013, 09:54 AM Thread Starter
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Spurs in showmanship??

I had a show this weekend and Skippy and I did REALLY well! The judge approached me after the showmanship class and said he said I NAILED everything! Then he said he couldn't mark me as high as he wanted to because I was still wearing my spurs (from when I was warming up). I told him I honestly didn't know but I'd be sure to go through the rules with a fine tooth comb.

Does anyone know why you cannot wear spurs in showmanship?
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I don't know why, but I know my daughter's coach always checks the girls' boots before they go in. Some judges will DQ you for inappropriate attire.
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Well the purpose of spurs is for riding the horse. In showmanship you are not riding the horse, so therefore spurs are not necessary attire.

I don't use spurs on my horses anyway, so I never wear them.

It's up to the judge's discretion (and the rule book). According to the AQHA rulebook:

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appropriate western attire must be worn. Clothes and person are to be neat and clean. The use of any type of artificial aid including, but not limited to lighters, hay, dirt, sharp pins, etc. will be considered a disqualification.
So if the judge thought you were wearing something inappropriate, they have the right to lower your placing or DQ you. Spurs would be considered an artificial aid.

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Nope, no spurs, not even in English showmanship. An alert ingate person would have caught it before you entered in the ring.
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Live & learn :) I think it does fall under the blanket "appropriate attire & judges discretion" rule. You have to give that judge a lot of credit though. I don't know of many judges that would have discussed what happened with you.

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I am pretty that that they don't want you using spurs or wips or anything in showmanship, because you should be able to control, cue, and work your horse nicely without any tools.

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Yes, Im VERY grateful he took the time out of his day to make it a point to point out to me that spurs are not "appropriate attire". He really was a great judge, took notes on all of us and was sure to share them, unlike the last judge.

I can't see how one can use them as an artificial aide, I can see whips, pins, hay, and dirt but I'm not sure how someone can use spurs to enhance their showmanship performance. Then again... were theres a will there's a way I guess!
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I see it more like the hat thing. We were at an AQHA show and a few of the younger kids (9 & under) tried to enter the arena for halter/showmanship without a hat. The judge walked over and told the gate steward that they must have a hat to enter the ring.

Hats are not used for any useful purpose in the show ring, but are considered "appropriate attire". Spurs for halter/showmanship are similar. While they don't serve a purpose one way or the other, they are "inappropriate" when showing a horse in-hand.
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If showing AQHA check the rule book. If it's not in there, then it's allowed.
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If showing AQHA check the rule book. If it's not in there, then it's allowed.
This is what it say in regards to artificial aides:

Appropriate western attire must be worn. Clothes and person are to be neat and clean. The use of any type of artificial aid including, but not limited to lighters, hay, dirt, sharp pins, etc. will be considered a disqualification.

I guess spurs fall under that category, I'm just not seeing how you can use it while doing an in hand class, but like I said... Where there's a will there's a way. I get that the aren't necessary for an in hand class nor a necessary part of western attire.

... Could anyone tell I was the "why?" child?
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