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Reasons you don’t pin at horse shows - @hunterjudge


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Reasons you don’t pin at horse shows - @hunterjudge

  1. 1. Reasons you Don’t Win at Horse Shows Will be starting Shortly
  2. 2. Topics <ul><li>Reasons you don’t pin </li></ul><ul><li>What can we do to improve placings </li></ul><ul><li>How to get the judge to notice you </li></ul><ul><li>Some big mistakes people make </li></ul><ul><li>What to do about mistakes </li></ul>
  3. 3. Reason Number1 FALL of horse and/or rider
  4. 4. What is a Fall ? <ul><li>1. Competitors are considered to have fallen when, either voluntarily or involuntarily, they are separated from their horse, which has not fallen in such a way that they touch the ground or find it necessary, in order to get back into the saddle, to use some form of support or outside assistance. </li></ul><ul><li>2. A horse is considered to have fallen when at the same time both its shoulder and quarters have touched either the ground or the obstacle and the ground. </li></ul><ul><li>3. See also discipline/breed sport rules. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Falls- Cont. <ul><li>Falls eliminate – can not remount in the ring </li></ul><ul><li>GR842 Falls. </li></ul><ul><li>The fall of horse and/or rider does not disqualify the competitor unless due to bad mannersof the horse. Exception: Andalusian (see AL101.13), Driving, Eventing, Equitation, Hunter,Jumper, Reining, Vaulting and Western classes, in which specific rules prevail. </li></ul><ul><li>If you remount in the ring you are disqualified from showing in that ring for the rest of the day. </li></ul>
  6. 6. More on Falls <ul><li>3. Disobediences, falls etc., occurring between the signal to start and themoment the competitor crosses the starting line in the correct direction, are not penalized. </li></ul><ul><li>This happened to me recently </li></ul>
  7. 7. Reason #2 - Refusals <ul><li>Stopping in front of the fence </li></ul><ul><li>Circling, “crossing your path” </li></ul><ul><li>Going past the vertical plane of the jump </li></ul>
  8. 9. Rule #3 Knock Downs
  9. 10. Reason # 4 Bad Form <ul><li>Dropped leg </li></ul><ul><li>Swimming </li></ul><ul><li>Hanging a leg </li></ul><ul><li>Leaving off one leg </li></ul><ul><li>Other disasters </li></ul>
  10. 11. Reason # 6 - #11- Other Major Faults <ul><li>Trotting or breaking anywhere on course </li></ul><ul><li>Leaving out strides makes for a long reaching jump- going to fast, flat, racing </li></ul><ul><li>Adding in strides – going too slowly, chipping in not a very scopey horse </li></ul><ul><li>Chipping, popping, adding getting too close </li></ul><ul><li>Pausing or stopping on takeoff </li></ul><ul><li>Dwelling in the air, jumping in two parts </li></ul><ul><li>Wrong lead around corner, no lead changes </li></ul><ul><li>Disunited lead </li></ul>
  11. 12. Other Faults <ul><li>Spooking </li></ul><ul><li>Not tight below the knee –parallel forearm but loose below </li></ul><ul><li>Twisting or laying on side </li></ul><ul><li>Stalls on landing/lands in a heap </li></ul><ul><li>Running anywhere on course </li></ul><ul><li>Jumps crocked </li></ul><ul><li>Skips a change </li></ul><ul><li>Rubs – front or back </li></ul><ul><li>Flat- no bascule </li></ul><ul><li>Out too far or too close/deep </li></ul>
  12. 13. Most have been to do with the jump itself now the rest of the picture comes into play
  13. 15. Minor faults <ul><li>Most have been to do with the non jumping aspect of the course. </li></ul>
  14. 16. <ul><li>Movement – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rhythm </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stride, gait – good, poor, bad or pony gaited </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tense or relaxed - </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Way of going – bend, ears, tail swishing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Tack and turnout </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tight martingale </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mouth open </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inverted </li></ul></ul>
  15. 17. Bonus Features <ul><li>Recent horse show* </li></ul><ul><li>The fewer marks the better </li></ul><ul><li>Turn out can add points * </li></ul><ul><li>Even pace good rhythm </li></ul><ul><li>Good form over fences. </li></ul>
  16. 18. Things the Judge Wants to See Must ‘find’ all the jumps
  17. 20. Looking for <ul><li>Horse that has: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Good form - bascule </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Good Rhythm </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Good movement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Well turned out </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nice to look at </li></ul></ul>
  18. 21. Get Noticed – in a good way <ul><li>Have excellent turn out – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mane – not overnight braids </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tail - braided </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clean horse – believe me as a judge I can appreciate a ‘white’ horse. NO MANURE STAINS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Oiled hooves – it helps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Avoid complete grooming session at in-gate </li></ul></ul>
  19. 22. Get Noticed – in a good way <ul><li>Tack </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Clean – doesn’t have to be new just clean </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Appropriate for horse – e.g. D-rings, martingales </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Appropriate for class specifications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Overly tight martingales </li></ul></ul>
  20. 23. Get Noticed – in a good way <ul><li>Sponge the horse before the jog or while waiting for the next class– sweat stains and saddle marks are not appropriate. Put some liniment in water to remove sweat stains. </li></ul><ul><li>Get off horses back. </li></ul><ul><li>Extra points for not holding up the class! </li></ul>
  21. 24. Get Noticed – in a good way <ul><li>Rider Turn Out </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Please wear choker or tie not open neck shirt </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Even if jackets are excused wear it just before entering the ring. It will give you the ‘edge’. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wipe of dust from boots </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GLOVES! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Put spurs on properly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hair net </li></ul></ul>
  22. 25. <ul><li>For more information or to get slides: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Send email to [email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Put webinar slides or request webinar slide in the subject line </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>THANKS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>