January 16, 2015

The Ultimate Showmanship Fail

Horse showing can lead to you being "that person" quite easily, whether you are on a seasoned show horse or a greenbean... the tables can turn at any moment.  Especially during showmanship.

It was a fateful day back in August 2014 at the fair.  It was my first big show, and Ypke's first show.  It also happened to be the first day of said fair.  This event took place during the first class.  Ypke and I were also FIRST to go.  That means five firsts all in under 5 minutes.  *Cue red flag*

The patterns were posted as I was leading a flipping out Ypke towards the ring.  I briefly glanced at the pattern and promptly left - another red flag.  Five minutes later I was leading a feisty Fjord into the ring, and I was first to go.  The problem?  I had no idea what the pattern was, and I had nobody to watch ahead of me.  The judge didn't repeat the pattern.  Nice!

Ypke was dancing in place, pushing into me, pulling me every which way, and I have no idea how many courtesy circles I did.  I wasn't sure when I needed to begin the pattern, so I just stood there watching the judge.  She was watching me.  We stood there for awhile and finally she just said "You can start any time." 

So pretty much...





4H intermediate showmanship pattern
This was how the pattern was SUPPOSED to go

 
Intermediate 4H horse showmanship pattern
This is what I did

Now, if you ask me, MY way took MUCH more skill. 
 
Once we got back to the line up things got worse.  We ran into a couple of horses, Ypke was seriously prancing every which way, she was tossing her head, she was pushing into me, etc.  The girl next to me gave me a sympathetic look whilst nervously laughing as my horse nearly swung into hers.  Deep down, she was probably just thinking, "YAY! LESS COMPETITION!" or "IF YOUR HORSE HITS MINE SOMEONE IS GONNA GET BEAT!"
 
The whole thing is on video and it pains me to watch it.  We ended up coming in 9th out of 11 and the judge's comments were pretty much just a nice way of saying we sucked out there.



4H horse showmanship
Screenshot from the video... we look okay here
To this day, I still don't know what 10th and 11th could have possibly done to score lower than Ypke and I.  The world may never know seeing as how I was too busy dodging out of the way controlling the beast to watch...

Needless to say, improving our showmanship skills is on the 2015 goals list.

10 comments:

  1. sounds like quite the adventure! you two look pretty composed in that video still - at least you know those moments existed! and maybe if it weren't for the forgotten pattern you would have done even better?

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    1. That is a good point - at least there is evidence that we didn't look bad the whole time.

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  2. It happens to all of us - hoping your Showmanship adventures get better!

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    1. Yup, everyone is "that person" once in awhile - I guess I was due for it! Thank you :)

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  3. everything aside, it was kind of comical in its own way... lots of opportunities to improve! :)

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    1. Looking back, the whole ordeal does make me laugh!

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  4. You probably got extra points because your horse looked absolutely stunning - bad behavior or not.

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    1. Yup, at least she had the redeeming quality of cuteness! Thanks!

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  5. Just found your blog! Your horse is GORGEOUS And I love that you clicker train too :D I dont know much about showmanship anymore so I cant really comment on all that, but it was nice to find you :D

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