I put together a few fun shows at our barn each year. We've offered western classes in the past, but have only had one or two people come for that, so we're not offering those again. I would, however, like to offer some "fun" classes along with the other, regular hunter/eq classes. Maybe something that the regular kids could do on their hunters. I saw the thread on the command class, and thought - what else have people done? Not speed type classes, but things along that line. We would have jumps set, too.
Bribe Your Horse is always really popular at the fun shows I go to.
I'm also a fan of Bareback equitation.
And TP pairs. A pair of riders ride side-by-side and each rider holds the end of a strip of toilet paper (or streamers, if you prefer). They go through the paces/figures and get eliminated if their TP breaks or someone lets go. Last team left wins.
As far as 'fun' jump classes go, we have two that we like around here....one is stolen from Pony Club
The first is "Take Your Own Line" -- a few jumps are set up in an arena and set to be jumped either direction -- each jumper gets to choose which order they can take them in. You can always make it fun and interesting, and say "Well, each jump must be jumped only once, except for the pink and green vertical, which you have to jump in both directions" etc...
The other is "Jump it or Junk it" -- A course is set up and the riders each take the course.....after they finish the course, each competitor rides over to the judge and tells them which jump to leave out -- say they chipped at jump 3....they get to 'junk it'!
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There's no reason you couldn't do pole bending or barrell races in English tack. I did both of them at a fun show last year It might just be a little bit slower than a real race!
You could do a Gambler's Choice, with fences ranging across the spectrum of what the kids are showing. Maybe make the Joker fence something that's scary, but not necessarily something big, to give the less advanced riders a chance.
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