"-2 voice - 'sh*t!' " My mare had stopped dead between X and C after the initial halt/salute to poop; I didn't realize I'd muttered that aloud while kicking as gracefully as I could. Thank goodness it was a schooling show!
Last edited by ReveilleandRinsie; Nov. 21, 2012 at 02:47 PM.
One of my favourite comments was many years ago.
I was riding AFR's older brother Bob - a big, athletic guy with a huge sense of humour. My only hope doing the test was that 1) I wouldn't get bucked off and 2) he wouldn't jump out.
Bob was pretty good.. only a few unscheduled caprioles, I stayed on and we stayed in the ring.
The judge, who was one of the wonderful ex-Polish cavalry officers we were lucky to have back then, wrote 'exuberant canter depart' to describe one of the caprioles.
Later he came up to me, patted my leg, and said "this is a WONDERFUL horse, but he is veeeeeerrrrrrrrry bad".
I smiled and thanked him.
That described Bob perfectly.
On my old TB who had quite the disdain for dressage, I had several interesting comments, usually expressing sympathy. I think my favorite was in FL after he had attempted to run off with me for the entire test. She wrote, "In the horse's defense, it is quite difficult to go XC in a 20x40 ring. Have fun tomorrow!"
My young horse, who is normally very good in the ring, had a melt down and screamed through his entire test at his first big dressage show this summer. The judge wrote, "Simply too distracted to show himself off today." It was a very accurate description.
"RELAX!" On a horse that, well, just gets faster and faster and faster the more he goes. I wasn't nervous, just trying to not hand-gallop our way though the entire test.
Also, at the conclusion of a test where I catch-rode a pony, the judge asked his breeding as I walked by to exit the ring. She was pretty floored when I said, "I have no idea, sorry, this is the first time I've ridden him!" Can't remember the score I got, but we got 4th with no XC penalties and some time in stadium! He really is a good pony.
On my old guy, doing OI at Rebecca Farms: "Horse is unsuitable for this level." Of course we were one of only 2 double clean on XC and one of 4 to make it around the SJ with 4 faults or less.
Sounds like my first Intermediate horse! He was an Appendix QH who hated dressage. On my lowest scoring test at Intermediate that was primarily 5s, judge's only comment was:"horse is not working in collected paces". Good thing he could jump!
Neigh (who is a blue roan appy) several times, from the same judge (because, for whatever reason, we rode in front of the same judge about half a dozen times in a row!), got "Nice young horse." Neigh was WELL into his teens by that point, but new to eventing. I think his coloring and, umm, lack of brokeness, warranted those comments (once I learned to actually RIDE dressage, we stopped getting those comments!).
This JUST happened to me and is too funny not to share. Between school and other things I haven't show in 9-10mo. So I went to a schooling show a few weeks ago. I had a total brain fart and could not remember if I was suppose to halt at the beginning of my test. I sorta did this half stopping/half going thing. Needless to say, it was a Training level event test so no halting at the beginning. Comment on A enter working trot: hold halt longer. My trainer and I about died laughing. I tricked the judge!