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post #21 of 30 Old 10-13-2013, 05:23 PM Thread Starter
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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.
Yeah, a word-for-word conversation between myself and my friend (who was riding in the show) went like this:

Her: (after a rider finished her round) Wow! That was a flawless round!

Me: How can you tell? Everybody's riding the same course and as far as I've seen, nobody knocked down any of the pole thingies.

Her: (went on about her heels being down and not pumping her thighs or something...i don't remember this part exactly where she tried to explain to me WHY it was such a great round).

Me: Oh....okay... (at this point, i was checking the score of the Cardinals game I was missing).
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I used to invite non-doggy people to obedience and agility shows and sit ringside and explain what was going on, including what the judge was evaluating. This is especially helpful at breed shows where it is all about the conformation. I would print the breed standards I knew we were going to watch and we would discuss them before judging.

Of course, I sat at a close, but polite distance from the ring so I could whisper and never where the judge could pick up discussion. I also remembered that other spectators could be interested in the dog in the ring at the moment.

I wish I could find someone to do this for me outside of horse rings. I watch alone and have to make my own assumptions about what I am seeing or what is actually being evaluated.

Watching ringside is always more fun when there is someone you know. I had to educate my friends so they could enjoy this with me. After a few events, they looked forward to it as much as me.
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post #23 of 30 Old 10-13-2013, 05:35 PM
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The grandstands are for non-horse people, I will talk to non-horse people all day about the classes gladly.

But I absolutely cannot stand it when non-horse people are trolling the barns, especially if they have kids. One lady's child ran right up to my yearling's back legs and I had to grab him out of the "firing zone"! I also don't like people back there, spreading germs by petting horses, or potentially feeding my horse wrong things. Luckily my horse is not overly friendly to strangers, but I really don't have time to be pulling people's kids away from getting killed. xD


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post #24 of 30 Old 10-13-2013, 05:41 PM Thread Starter
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The grandstands are for non-horse people, I will talk to non-horse people all day about the classes gladly.

But I absolutely cannot stand it when non-horse people are trolling the barns, especially if they have kids. One lady's child ran right up to my yearling's back legs and I had to grab him out of the "firing zone"! I also don't like people back there, spreading germs by petting horses, or potentially feeding my horse wrong things. Luckily my horse is not overly friendly to strangers, but I really don't have time to be pulling people's kids away from getting killed. xD
Or childish college students like myself who just know everything about everything and won't be told differently :)
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post #25 of 30 Old 10-14-2013, 02:20 AM
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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!"
Before my time, but it reminded me of the flip flashes I did grow up with



Back on topic... I generally don't invite non-horsey people to my dressage shows because I don't think it's very entertaining to watch if you don't know what you're looking at.

Last year there was a snafu at one of the dressage shows I went to and it ended up being right next to the Oregon Acgricultaral Festival's petting zoo. A lot of people ended up wandering over from that into the show arenas, and while most of them weren't problematic, there were several people who didn't realize that they were distracting and/or spooking the horses with loud sounds, would walk through the barn and try to touch or feed the horses, etc.
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post #26 of 30 Old 10-14-2013, 07:43 AM
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I know from going to shows with my daughter and 'babysitting' what ever boyfriend of hers who wanted to go, that if you expect your friend who is showing, to spend time between events hanging with you, you are out of luck. I would sit and talk to the boyfriend while she warmed up, showed, changed clothes, scooped poop, and 'talked shop' with other competitors. ( my best discussion was trying to explain to a 21 year old boy what that 'funny noise' was when a gelding was loping... that was worth the whole day just to see his face!) Maybe that is what your friend means? It is a long day to spend if you are not able to amuse yourself.
Went to a show last summer where it started to rain... and the announcer asked people to please not open umbrellas by the ring... and you could tell who were horse people, and who were not, by whether they even needed to be told. Now if only someone would have talked to the lady who was driving thru the staging area looking for a parking place...
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post #27 of 30 Old 10-14-2013, 11:41 AM
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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.
Uh oh, did June divorce Ward to get Walt?
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For years I was heavily involved in the show world both as an exhibitor and worker bee. We wanted spectators! Club members would wonder why we couldn't get more people to come to the shows. Well, truth be told, for the most part the classes are boring to watch. I even find them boring. Unless there is something with a little activity and action going on, just watching horses going in a circle is not all that interesting. So I guess if you have an activity that people actually want to watch that is not a totally bad thing.

Years ago an uncle asked me if I knew what a horse show was. He said it is a bunch of horses showing their asses to a bunch of horses asses showing their horses. I made it a point to try and not be one of them. Sometimes I succeeded. : )
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post #29 of 30 Old 10-14-2013, 07:35 PM
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I have never been to a Dressage show but maybe the spectators that go to Dressage shows and don't want to be quiet can come to a reining, cowhorse or cutting show. Everyone whoops, hollars and whistles when a horse makes a nice move! OP, you wouldn't have to wonder if someone did good, you'll hear about it ;)
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post #30 of 30 Old 10-14-2013, 07:40 PM
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I can only speak for the clubs and show committees I have participated/volunteered for - WE WANT EVERY PERSON IN THE WORLD TO ATTEND OUR SHOWS. We want the grandstand seats filled with bums. They eat at the concession, buy the raffle tickets and who knows, they might think is showing is awesome and buy a horse and start showing.
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