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post #1 of 30 Old 10-13-2013, 01:18 PM Thread Starter
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Why is a horse show not a place for non-horse people?

I know, it seems like a simple question with a simple answer, but I am a non-horse person who has been told this by the friends I know who ride (I'm actually watching a couple of them ride in the Pessoa/USEF prelims as I type this).

So, can anybody shed some light on WHY a horse a show really isn't a good place for non-horse people?
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Other than keeping an open mind and asking suitably experienced people questions about things you don't understand I can't see any reason why non - horse people shouldn't go to shows.
After all everyone starts somewhere and going to a show might inspire someone to get involved.
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post #3 of 30 Old 10-13-2013, 01:51 PM
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I don't really get it- do they mean behind the scenes trying to help? I could see that.... But just to watch and enjoy? Why not?!
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I was recently at a show and the announcers had to continuously ask people to move back from the rails. They were leaning over into the ring, waving their hands about and flashing cameras and stuff really close. Some horses were getting spooked. The thinking could be that a non-horse person may not know proper etiquette at shows. They may not realize what things can upset a horse and/or rider during an event. There is no reason why shows aren't for non-horse people. I think they can be enjoyed by everyone.
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When I announced, I watched for inappropriate behaviour and also warned people about exercising caution in the barn area. Many people love horses but would never own one so attend shows.



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post #6 of 30 Old 10-13-2013, 03:05 PM
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The only way to grow our sport is to get non-horse people to come and enjoy it with us. We should be encouraging everyone to participate in the activity we love not discouraging people from it!

I hope you enjoy watching your friends ride!
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post #7 of 30 Old 10-13-2013, 03:08 PM
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I've never considered a horse show not a place for non horsey people, over here they are advertised as family days out and often combined with country fairs.
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post #8 of 30 Old 10-13-2013, 03:14 PM
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I don't show my horse at the moment, but ive gone as a groom to several, and honestly, non horse people have a right to be there and enjoy, but it comes down to a safety and common sense thing. At one show, during a WP class, some kids were taking the arena sand from the sidelines and throwing it at the passing horses, which resulted in someone actually being thrown and a lot of horses being spooked. People flashing cameras, standing near the gate during speed events, and things regarding safety of horses, riders, and spectators need to be taken into account and dealt with accordingly. But altogether I don't see why horse shows cant be a thing for everyone to enjoy safely.
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My one girl friend (I am college-aged, btw) joked with me that non-horse guys (especially my age) would be distracted by all of the girls in tight, pocketless pants hahaha.

But, seriously, all of your replies have been very enlightening and interesting! Keep 'em coming!
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I was recently at a show and the announcers had to continuously ask people to move back from the rails. They were leaning over into the ring, waving their hands about and flashing cameras and stuff really close. Some horses were getting spooked. The thinking could be that a non-horse person may not know proper etiquette at shows. They may not realize what things can upset a horse and/or rider during an event. There is no reason why shows aren't for non-horse people. I think they can be enjoyed by everyone.
The show host is responsible for teaching ettiquette. They should have printed information handed at the gate and posters or signage hanging on. Extra volunteers to help people who can't read or comprehend what they read.

And I'll emphasize, not just the "rules" but the why. Too often we say "don't do this" without bothering to explain the reason to help people understand why it is important.

Personally, horse shows, especially dressage, are the LEAST spectactor sport friendly events that two non-horsey parents would get in the car and drive to go see.

"Hey Walt, let's wake the Beaver and Wally up early tomorrow and drive to the fairgrounds so we can pay parking and an entry fee to watch a local dressage show."

"June, I think that is a great idea. what's dressage?"

"Oh Walt, it's where those sophicates wear their evening clothes while riding horses."

"That's right. They ride in circles and do straight lines. I get it. Dead quiet. You can hear a pin drop."

"That's what I am talking about."

"I think it sounds like a wonderful way for a family that has never been around a horse to spend their Saturday. I'm sure the boys would rather do this than a ball game or motorcross event."

"I do too. It will give the boys some class and help them rise above their station when they go back to school on Monday."

"June, I love how you think. We should call Eddie's parents. If anybody could use class it would be that boy."

"Oh WALT. You are soooo funny."

I personally would wager that most poor behavior are from the families of the horse people exhibitiing, because no matter how many times you tell Grandma, she can't pass up a Kodak moment to fire off an instacube.
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