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What got you the blue ribbon?

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  • What got you the blue ribbon?

    Is there a moment or something you did during a test that clinched that blue? Share your 20/20 hindsight!

    My high strung tense in the neck horse at a training level test finally won a blue. We had stood out in the sun all day waiting for my last test . I guess he was a bit tired , so he just did what I asked, and didn't have the energy to be tense. (we had a 10 am test, then a 5pm test)

  • #2
    I was the only one in the class.
    "I'm holding out for the $100,000 Crossrail Classic in 2012." --mem
    "With all due respect.. may I suggest you take up Croquet?" --belambi
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    • #3
      I once sat my horse on his ass in a near halt two steps before E and said "CANTER!" (with aids, not voice) after he dribbled down the long side in a half canter half trot having never completed the canter transition between C and H.

      Of course blue here is second place.

      With another horse I rode the entire test in shoulder-fore positioning - it was at an event, but we were waaaaay ahead of second place after dressage. Far enough that having a refusal on XC (20 penalties for that) only dropped us to second place.


      • #4
        Well, fat old me just rode my heart out for the third level regional championships in Lexington Ky a couple years ago and by some strange alignment of the horse and the stars, we won.


        • #5

          By default. Sometimes I have been the one who stayed in the arena. Sometimes not

          By having the nicest horse. Shameful feeling, to school the babies and take ribbons from newbies and kids. Note to self: remember to show unjudged next time under those circumstances.

          By surprise. Sometimes you don't know your horse is a rockstar until it happens. This is a nice surprise.

          By determination. That you will beat the woman whom has been running down your OTTB all season. She has an excuse afterwards but you have a 69% and it's the last show to qualify at. Sorry to say, it felt great.

          By luck. The judge looked down during the airborne canter depart.

          By accident. Pigeons fly up and your horse gives you an extension he never had before and never will again.

          By hard work and consistency. I wish this one seemed to have more to do with it all but looking back, it appears it was all somewhat random. I don't miss it at all.
          "Kindness is free" ~ Eurofoal
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          • #6
            Often, because, like BetteroffRed said, we were the only ones in our class.

            But my shining moment was last year in what was supposed to be our warmup class for the First Level Championship. By a fluke of scheduling, I rode my Champ test FIRST, and the warmup test ended up being our last test of the show season.

            I don't know, I was hot and uncomfortable in my show coat, I was tired, but the warmup went well. I thought to myself, "ride this one for fun", as we entered the arena.

            We won the class with a 70% score. And we WEREN'T the only entries!


            • #7
              Originally posted by EqTrainer View Post
              By having the nicest horse. Shameful feeling, to school the babies and take ribbons from newbies and kids. Note to self: remember to show unjudged next time under those circumstances.
              I was at my first dressage show, but felt bad beating the two kids I was competing against in novice. My judge underlined Lovely horse!! on one test, and wrote it in all caps on the other.

              He's learning that getting out of the trailer and riding that day is ok, riding in wide open spaces and full sized arenas is ok, I'm learning how to control him when 's overly energetic. We had several launch into the air to canter moments, bolt into canter moments, etc. But scored in the 60's and won anyway.
              If Kim Kardashian wants to set up a gofundme to purchase the Wu Tang album from Martin Shkreli, guess what people you DON'T HAVE TO DONATE.


              • #8
                I was the only one in the class.
                Humans don’t mind duress, in fact they thrive on it. What they mind is not feeling necessary. –Sebastian Junger


                • #9
                  I was at a show with an overly enthusiastic ring crew who decided to come in with the tractor and drag the arena during my test. The tractor was followed by a ring steward running, screaming and waving her arms at him.

                  My AQHA gelding flicked an ear, got a little more oomph in his trot and carried on.


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by BetterOffRed View Post
                    I was the only one in the class.
                    You're making me wish we could vote on replies. I'd give you my vote for that one!

                    For me, working one to two levels above the test I'm riding.
                    "And I'm thinking you weren't burdened with an overabundance of schooling." - Capt Reynolds "Firefly"


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by atlatl View Post
                      I was at a show with an overly enthusiastic ring crew who decided to come in with the tractor and drag the arena during my test. The tractor was followed by a ring steward running, screaming and waving her arms at him.

                      My AQHA gelding flicked an ear, got a little more oomph in his trot and carried on.
                      Gotta love that QH temperament!

                      My latest ah-HA moment came when the owner of the horse I am leasing told me to "always feel like you're riding the stretchy trot" right before our last test. That test was 8% better than our first of the day! ETA it was good for a 2nd place, but it was our first rated show together.
                      Reasons I'm crazy, #37: I went out shopping for a pony and came home with a 17hh OTTB
                      ~~Member of the TB's Rule Clique ~~


                      • #12
                        Practice, Practice, Practice.

                        And when I say practice, I mean, not waiting until the week of the show to ride your test. I can't believe how often I hear, "I haven't ridden my test yet" and the show is 3 days away! YIKES!

                        Mind you, these are mostly training and 1st level riders, but still. It boggles my mind.

                        We take lessons, clinics, we do our homework, but how often do we ride our tests?

                        Your test should be second nature to you by the time you go to a show. So you don't have to think "where do I go now?" you can think "I am going to half halt in the corner right before I go across the diagonal" etc.

                        How can you know your geometry if you have not ridden the test? Your technical riding skills can push you over the top!

                        KNOWING your tests give you confidence in the show ring. Most of the riders that made the comment above usually look like a deer in the headlights coming down centerline.

                        And booze.
                        "Shoot low Sheriff! She rides a fast pony!"


                        • #13
                          Atlatl, great story! Did anyone catch this on video? It'd be "Funniest Home Videos" material!


                          • #14
                            G~O~G, I have a variation that my coach and I laugh about. Last year, there were a couple of shows wherein I literally debuted the complete test -- I may have ridden parts of the test, but prior to the show, had never ridden through the entire thing.

                            My coach, when learning of this, was OMGWTF!!! and was crestfallen, figuring the test would be a disaster.

                            We won both classes with scores over 60%.

                            So it depends! Next year, however, we'll be doing Third Level. I do NOT think that will work in 2011. Stuff happens too fast in the new tests.

                            Booze only after the show. Drinking at H/J shows back in the day -- OK -- but not at dressage shows!


                            • #15
                              Our blues starting coming when I got over everything and decided to go for it! I mean we went all out in the test I held nothing back, moved him forward and asked for everything he had. When I figured out that hell its just a show and so what if I totally screw up, I'll try again at another show. That's when we really started bring in the blues, in one day we went from a respectable 63 something when I was all concerned about doing everything right to a 72 something when I decided to lay it all on the line!


                              • #16
                                DD got her first blue after I gave Pony an entire bottle of DP (by accident) and he actually had pizzaz. So much so his working trot was more extended trot than anything else. Second blue came after DD hugged her pony right after the final halt when she finally nailed those dang 20m circles that looked like circles and not squares with minor corners. Trainer almost did cartwheels out of the arena she was so happy. Pony just pranced right out of the arena like the big shot he was.
                                Adoring fan of A Fine Romance
                                Originally Posted by alicen:
                                What serious breeder would think that a horse at that performance level is push button? Even so, that's still a lot of buttons to push.


                                • #17
                                  I was the only one in the class.
                                  Because this has happened 2 out of the 3 times that I placed 1st. I totally hate when I people tell me, "woo-hoo I got a blue ribbon!!! or "I got high-point!!"

                                  And then a couple of days later, I see the score in the newsletter or online and see that they were the only one in the class and they won with a 54%. Or even better, they went to a show where their trainer was the judge (HTF?!?!? is that a true judge of your ride!?!??!)

                                  At least I am honest! To me, the 50 cent ribbon is useless, but getting a first (or a second, third, etc) in a true class of your peers with a real judge is an accomplishment.

                                  maybe I would do better if I had more booze...or is it less booze?
                                  "I'm holding out for the $100,000 Crossrail Classic in 2012." --mem
                                  "With all due respect.. may I suggest you take up Croquet?" --belambi
                                  Proud Member of the Opinionated Redhead Club!


                                  • #18
                                    What's DP? I have a horse that could use some...


                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by Beasmom View Post
                                      What's DP? I have a horse that could use some...
                                      Dr. Pepper?
                                      "I'm holding out for the $100,000 Crossrail Classic in 2012." --mem
                                      "With all due respect.. may I suggest you take up Croquet?" --belambi
                                      Proud Member of the Opinionated Redhead Club!


                                      • #20
                                        Weellll.... at the last show I attended, the fact that my Young Sir started practicing for his Prix Caprilli test early and jumped out of the arena between A and F gave somebody ELSE the blue ribbon...
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