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post #1 of 5 Old 11-02-2013, 03:03 AM Thread Starter
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Silly question about horse show ribbons

I only pleasure ride both English in the ring and western on trail. I don't know anything about showing.

A few people on Facebook have shown pictures of shows and they've won 5 or 6 blue ribbons in one day, sometimes more. This is for hunter/jumper, barrel racing and western pleasure.

I always assumed that blue ribbon meant they came in first and they were the only person to get the blue. Kind of like the gold medal in the Olympics.

Is that correct? So when these people post a photo with 5 ribbons, were they the only person to win a blue ribbon in that part of the show 5 different times? Or can more than one rider get a blue if they rank high enough in the same category?

I hope this makes sense. Like I said I know nothing about shows. I'm embarrassed to ask.
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post #2 of 5 Old 11-02-2013, 05:18 AM
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It depends on the show. If we're talking encourage level, then often judges will hand out a few blues and everyone will take home a ribbon if it is a fairly small class. I have given ribbons according to the kids favourite colours (one cried when I gave him a blue, he wanted green!!), that is at 5 year olds on little shetties level though!!

If you're looking at higher level competition, then it can depend on the scores. If two combinations finish on the same score, then they can both receive a blue if that is how the competition rules allow it to be run. Sometimes a show won't have many entrants in a class, so with only a handful of riders it is not hard to take home a few blues. I've taken Dressage horses out to little hack shows just to give them some exposure, and have taken home a swag of red and blue ribbons... because there were only 3 or 4 in the class. I usually give those back to the club to reuse as I don't compete for a 2c ribbon but for the experience.

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post #3 of 5 Old 11-02-2013, 05:42 AM
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Blue usually means the sole winner - but no necessarily of the entire show just the "class" they're entered in, and depending on the show a person might be able to enter in lots of classes. I'm not sure about those sorts of disciplines but years ago, when I was a kid, I used to just go to local random shows and pony club shows.

They'd have heap of classes. They'd have best presented led, led for horse height range, led for rider age group. Then they would have ridden hack, rider classes, age group classes, classes for green horses, bareback, pairs, fours, active riders. In the afternoon there would be sporting things, which included barrel racing, bending, flag race, keyhole, bonfield bounce. The open shows had less sporting but they'd still have a huge range of classes for different rider ages and levels, horse ages and levels.

Even showjumping schooling shows most people would enter at least a couple separate classes.

So I don't know those disciplines you mention but it wasn't uncommon to win a fair few ribbons.
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post #4 of 5 Old 11-02-2013, 12:20 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you. There is one person in particular who is the daughter of a friend of mine. The daughter is in her 20s so I don't think that she's in competitions where everyone gets a ribbon like you might do for children. But every other week she'll have tons of blue ribbons on the front of her car along with some other colors. I'm thinking other riders must be annoyed when they see her coming and know that they don't have as much of a chance of winning.
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post #5 of 5 Old 11-03-2013, 09:10 PM
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In Canada, or at least where I am- 1st. is red, 2nd is blue, 3rd is white, 4th is yellow, 5th green, 6th is pink
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