From Endurance to Dressage
A Hunter/Jumper Show!
No, no, no. The big, brown OTTB didn't go jump any fences, and neither did my rock star pony. It was just me supporting JL's students at a local schooling show.
As many times as I've gone to watch, these shows still confuse the heck out of me. And no matter how many times I ask what's going on, I never can figure out the order of go, this show was no exception.
This show was at PDM, a local riding stable. There were two rings. One was for the jumpers and the flat classes while the other seemed to be for the hunters. JL had quite a few students showing on Sunday, at least eight. She has more students, but I didn't really get a chance to ask where everyone else was.
Even though I couldn't tell the difference between the eq classes and the classes where the horses were judged, I still enjoyed watching and supporting the riders. It was a very friendly show with a casual attitude.
Dressage or jumping, it's all the same. There were boot polishers, trainers shouting out directions, and nervous riders. Sometimes, it's a lot more fun to just be a spectator without the pressure of watching the clock!
9/10/2014 12:26:40 am
"I never can figure out the order of go" There isn't an order of go, that's why! LOL
9/10/2014 11:28:23 am
With the open cards and ticketed rides, I can't figure out what is going. Even with friends trying to explain it, I was still a bit confused as to who was riding what class! :0)
9/10/2014 12:45:46 am
H/J shows do take a bit to get used to, and it REALLY helps to go with someone who can explain. I always imagine it would be super confusing for someone to go to a dressage show and watch us all do circles ad nauseum, unless someone was explaining what it was all about!
9/10/2014 11:30:27 am
There were riders helping to explain, but what it comes down to is each rider can show over and over because they might be in a junior class followed by a short stirrup class followed by an under saddle class, etc. I just kept watching the same riders go over and over!
9/10/2014 11:30:48 am
9/10/2014 11:31:19 am
And his rider is a very dedicated student. :0)
9/10/2014 11:33:15 am
I like being a spectator because I get to enjoy the show from a different perspective. I love being a gopher, boot polisher, or cheerleader. When my own horse is involved, I can't be as "present" as I can be when I am just watching.
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About the Writer and Rider
I am a lifelong rider.
I began endurance riding in 1996 where I ultimately completed five, one-day 100 mile races, the 200-mile Death Valley Encounter, and numerous other 50, 65, and 75 mile races. I began showing dressage in 2010.
Welcome to my dressage journey.
About Speedy G
Speedy went from endurance horse to dressage horse. After helping me earn a USDF Bronze medal in the summer of 2020, he is now semi-retired. Speedy is a 2004, 15'1 hand, purebred Arabian gelding. His Arabian Horse Registry name is G Ima Starr FA.
Izzy was started as a four-year old and then spent the next 18 months in pasture growing up. I bought him as a six-year old, and together, we are showing at the lower levels. He is a 2008, 16'3 hand warmblood gelding. His Rheinland Pfalz-saar International (RPSI) name is Imperioso.
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