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post #11 of 30 Old 10-13-2013, 03:29 PM Thread Starter
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Admittedly, I got some dirty looks from some riders at a junior HJ show I was at with a friend when I asked her: "doesn't the horse do all the work?"
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post #12 of 30 Old 10-13-2013, 03:35 PM
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Originally Posted by PalmSwift View Post
Admittedly, I got some dirty looks from some riders at a junior HJ show I was at with a friend when I asked her: "doesn't the horse do all the work?"
hahaha well, I prefer to think of it as a strong leader and a willing team mate. It's no different with performance based dog shows.

There are two entities being judged in the ring. Handler and Dog. In obedience, you execute a task.

Individually, each can destroy the score and the odds for a ribbon.

However, they must both work together to achieve a qualifying score. And only by working together flawlessly can the two achieve true score greatness.
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Drats. I have Breaking Bad still on the brain. June and WARD Cleaver. Blast. I hate it when I ruin a good funny with the wrong details.
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post #15 of 30 Old 10-13-2013, 04:16 PM
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I can see why someone would say that.

I used to have friends who wanted to come help out at shows and often they just didn't get all the time and work for just a couple of minutes in the ring. They wouldn't understand what they were looking at, on what criteria people would be judged etc. It's not the kind of sport with funny commentary or clear "goals scored".

I don't know if a show isn't the place for non-horsey people, but I just don't know how much enjoyment they'd get out of it.
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For those not old enough to know what a Kodak instacube was (technically, a Flashcube, or a "Magicube"):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eGZX_4EIEU "It's new! It's now! It's flashcube!"
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post #17 of 30 Old 10-13-2013, 04:25 PM
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Non horse people can well attend shows, however, as pointed out, it is a matter of "training" them about what they should/can and shouldn't do. Stay away from the railings, no flash photography, keep kids/pets under control (either or both leashed..sorry...couldn't resist :) ) and don't try to pet/feed/walk behind every horse they come across. Learn to ASK the rider/handler before doing any of the prior three.

Many shows I have been to, either competing or just observing, have the occasional loud speaker announcement to remind people of show ground etiquette for both riders, handlers and the non-horse savvy set.
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Warning: Hijack in progress.

my love with photography and cameras started with the Kodak Instamatic with magicubes and 126 film cartridges. I thought I was aces and eights when my dad bought me the Kodak 110 camera with build in flash in 76. I used that camera until I saved my babysitting money and bought the real deal - a Pentax K1000 35mm camera in 1982. That was in my camera bag (along with several lenses and flashes) until I moved into digital, first with another Kodak (the 5mp DiMage) and now Canon.

My Canon is the Rebel tsi 8mp with the large memory card. I am so jonesing for the newer Canon models.

I probably would have bought one of those by now, but, I, um, bought a horse. And I need a need a horse blanket much more than I need a new fan-dangled camera.

Sorry everyone. I now return us to our original thread on non-horsey people who attend horse shows.
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To me, I've always been wary of inviting non-horsey friends/family to watch me ride at a show, for the fact that, apart from seeing that I managed to stay on the horses back (most of the time), they don't really know what they're looking for. It's just lots of pretty horses walking, trotting, cantering around a ring, so I imagine that it would be quite boring for them after the first class or two. I guess if I was doing jumpers or barrels or something where anyone can see whether you've knocked a pole down, or gone over time, or something, that would be more exciting for the spectators.
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post #20 of 30 Old 10-13-2013, 05:21 PM
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I think when non-horsey people attend horse related events it presents a great opportunity to make them feel welcome and, well, educate them.

Some polo clubs have done a great job. Others have failed miserably. The Villages Polo Club in Florida has a booster club with over 1,000 members! The booster club has "lunch and learn" offerings, either hosted or brown bag, where someone in the sport gives a talk or demonstration on different aspects of the game. Horse health, technical, rules, equipement, etc. Booster club members are involved in BBQs and have other events during the season.

Locally, the club I'm affiliated with has a low cost dinner and cash bar after the games on Sundays and players, sponsors and fans are all welcome to encourage camaraderie. Our announcer is great, makes jokes about various players, or tells a funny story about them, and explains it to the audience. If you're the target, you're going to hear about it as you interact with the spectators, which makes them feel like part of the gang!

I think something like this would benefit many equine sports.

I'm more comfortable behind the scenes, but make a real effort to welcome people who seem a bit lost, or try to explain some of what is happening on the field and at the trailers to new observers.

Finally, I think it is really, really important we provide the most welcoming environment we can to spectators. With fewer and fewer people being involved with horses, much less owning them, it may help to have support when our trails are threatened, or barns and ag land zoning is being challenged!
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