Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Horse Show

We took my sister's show horse, Allegro, and the three yearlings to a MS Congress Open Horse Show.

Normally these shows are only for registered AQHA, or registered paints, pintos, appaloosas, or palominos, but this open show allowed the three yearlings to show just for practice in being in an arena. So they were not competing for points. Allegro however is a registered palomino so he was competing for points.

Rachel did very well! She got a 1st and a 5th! I got a 1st, and 2nd with Allegro.

Pictures of me and Allegro:

Pictures of Rachel and Big Mak:

I have to say the mustangs did pretty well compared to all the seasoned show horses!

Showmanship, noun

1. a person who presents or produces a theatrical show, etc

2. a person skilled at presenting anything in an effective manner

Showmanship is an event found at many horse shows which involves a person on the ground leading a horse, wearing a halter, through a series of maneuvers called a pattern. Patterns generally include, walking, trotting, backing, stopping, pivot turns, pull turns, setting up (this is where the horse stands squarely under himself, symmetrically) and is inspected by the judge (this is where the horse is setup and the exhibitor moves around the horse in two places so not to block the judges view of the horse).

The horse itself is not judged on its conformation. Rather, the exhibitor is judged on how well he or she exhibits the animal to its best advantage, with additional scoring for the grooming and presentation of both horse and handler.

1 comment:

  1. Wooooooh! Go Mak! 5th out of 17 isn't too shabby for his first time in the ring!

    You should post Max's scores, too. He did awesome ;)