The Show Down
It was an adrenaline rush I had not quite experienced before. Think, “jumping out of an airplane.” It seems like a fun experience to try, but then you find yourself at the plane’s door, about to take the leap of faith. Time to stare down possible death. It’s only afterward, once you have survived with feet on the ground, that the rush kicks in and you think it was the most fantastically frightening, yet awesome experiences.
Odd as it sounds, horse shows are much like pageants, specifically the hunter and equitation classes. Quincy or “Quite Charming,” has to have his hair done (professionally braided) ever so perfectly. Like most horses, he even has a tie-in tail extension for added fullness and weight. His nails (or hooves) need to be healthy and polished; Quincy’s figure (conformation) must be correct and he should look fit and athletic. Of course a horse must stand out, so he also needs to sparkle (shiny coat.) And that’s just on the outside, yet it will be judged the moment he enters the stage (ring.)
Once “on stage,” does he possess confidence and poise when facing intimidating obstacles like loud speakers, jumps, crazy horses and crowds? Is he willing to work, use manners and show quick thinking? There are MANY more important qualities that are judged which are about more than looking good. As a beginner, I am trying to understand the intricacies. But, I do know a horse does not just walk in a ring and win without a lot preparation. It takes years for many to be worthy of a win and because hunters/equitation classes are subjective to some extent, it really can come down to a judge’s preference. A different day, a different outcome!
I’m a proud mamma.
Your Mrs. International