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post #11 of 20 Old 06-06-2013, 06:21 AM
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This really depends on what you consider sportsmanship...

Many of the previous examples are far better than anything I could've ever come up with.

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post #13 of 20 Old 06-06-2013, 06:20 PM
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I have seen many!
One jump race season the leading rider, Peter Scudamore was badly injured and out for the season. Another jockey, who had been champion jockey raced until he had the same amount of winners and then finished for the season so they were joint champions.

Another was when supporting a special needs sports day, the leading runner stopped and went back to help another girl who had fallen over.

My niece when she was about 10 or 11 was in a show jumping competition. There were about 8 riders in the jump off . The first rider to go was a girl I had helped a lot. She had a rather fizzy pony that she was basically frightened of. It had taken a lot of courage from her to even enter the class and even more to ride her pony so well not only in the first round but also in the timed jump off.
None of the other riders went clear and my niece was last to go. Instead of cutting corners and moving her pony on she went slowly and wide. She went clear but was a lot slower.
Out of the ring she was expecting me to give her a rollicking but I realised just what she had done. It was deliberate because the other rider had ridden so well niece thought she deserved to win!
I was proud because niece is very competitive and she did it of her own decision.
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post #14 of 20 Old 06-06-2013, 09:27 PM
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Spanish Runner Ivan Fernandez Anaya shows inspiring honesty in letting opponent win

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post #15 of 20 Old 06-06-2013, 10:21 PM
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I find it horribly sad that this doesn't happen around me..I've seen no one lend a horse, hay, trophy, etc. Ever.

I know I've offered up one of my two horses to a few friends at the barn while they see how their new pony does on the trails (two sane horses instead of one insane, one sane, and one unknown, lol)..but that's about it.
I did offer to go to an "emergency" midnight barn run last night with Copperhead because I know her mare is NOT a one person job, lol. I know she'd do it for me as well. Copperhead has also offered her horse to ride (shared riding time lol) while I ended my lease and was looking for another horse to buy. So..I guess Copperhead and myself are the only ones in our area that are nice, sportman-like people? Lol

But still..I find it sad that I've never seen anyone bother with anyone else around horses here unless they're close friends or family..I just hope I can raise my kids to have good sportsmanship and not be overly competative and on their high horse.
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post #16 of 20 Old 06-06-2013, 10:59 PM
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A girl I used to teach got fourth in a class and she was so happy to have gotten her first ribbon even though she didn't win. I also qualified for a jump-off with two other girls one time so I walked up to them, shook their hands and wished them luck.
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post #17 of 20 Old 06-06-2013, 11:02 PM
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On my second attempt ever of showing, I was hauling alone to the show and ran into a road detour due to a bike race. I got to the show grounds 20 minutes before I was supposed to ride my dressage test. I flew out of my truck like a chicken with my head cut off, asked the girls at the trailer next to me where the secretary office was so I could get my packet since I had to be mounted in 10 minutes. When I got back to my trailer, they had unloaded my horse for me, were grooming him, told me to get dressed and they tacked him up for me. It was one of the nicest things anyone has ever done for me.

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At my last gaming show I was there all alone, which doesn't bother me, but i always feel a tinge of jealousy when people's family and friends cheer them on. Well, the time only's come up for cal stake and its my turn to ride. Someone, a complete stranger, enthusiastically and excitedly cheered for me throughout my run. I made my fastest time yet, and was beaming. It's not much, but it sure made my day and still makes me smile when I think about it.
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post #19 of 20 Old 06-07-2013, 05:43 AM
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I love it when people yell for you or cheer during your gaming runs when you don't know them. :)

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #20 of 20 Old 06-07-2013, 10:23 AM
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Not horse related but too cute, what a great coach.

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