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  • embarrassing/Wow I'm stupid moments at shows

    Last year at the Summer Sizzler 1 at canterbury show place I did my first PSG test. My ride was not as good because I was afraid to forget the test,(that was my first time riding from memory) and the result was I forgot to ride the horse. anyway, when I went to get my score sheet the lady handed it to me, and told me I got 5th place. She told me I could go over to the table with ribbons and grab a 5th place ribbon. While I walked over there I was thinking to myself "What color is 5th place?!"
    So I had to literally read what it said on the ribbons, and finally found the pink 5th place ribbon! as I walked out I was thinking to myself, Wow I'm stupid! I don't even know the color of 5th place! haha lol. :P

    do you have any embarrassing moments at shows? Post them below!

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    I don't school in a standard ring or a ring with letters. The lower part of the letter B (which had I not turned my brain off before entering the ring I would have remembers was in the middle of the long side) was covered by the chain around the ring. So it looked like R from where I started me "extended walk to R".

    Here I am la-ti-da thinking what I nice straight extended walk I'm doing, get closer to "R" and realize it's not "R" at all but "B". Oops. Although I'm not sure who had the stupider moment--me for making the dumb mistake or the judge for not catching it!

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    • #3
      I once went off course twice in a row, by riding exactly the same line. Turns out the test was misprinted in a certain popular publication - I was stupid enough to use that version (this was years ago when test publication was quite different), AND stupid enough to ride it TWICE instead of asking for clarification!
      Proud COTH lurker since 2001.

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        #4
        Originally posted by Lost_at_C View Post
        I once went off course twice in a row, by riding exactly the same line. Turns out the test was misprinted in a certain popular publication - I was stupid enough to use that version (this was years ago when test publication was quite different), AND stupid enough to ride it TWICE instead of asking for clarification!
        That happened to me once too. I think I was riding a third level test, and I was not very familiar with the letters yet, and I went the wrong way twice too!

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        • #5
          I was riding a rescued saddlebred at a schooling show. We'd been doing a lot of retraining with him, but he was showing lots of potential and learning quickly. Even so, he was still having more trouble picking up one canter lead than the other, and I was really focused on keeping him straight and relaxed and setting him up properly to get that lead in our Training test. Well he gave me a very nice transition with the correct lead, and I was so happy that I kinda forgot to really RIDE my next corner. We had also been teaching him how to jump... and when I didn't ride that corner, he very willingly and happily hopped over the arena fence, ending up awfully pleased with himself and calm as could be on the other side with the M flowerbox tangled up between his hind legs. DOH!

          I learned a valuable lesson that day, and he went on to be an awesome lower-level eventer. He just died from a poorly-handled colic about this time last year... so sad, because you couldn't ask for a better temperament in a horse.
          "Winter's a good time to stay in and cuddle,
          but put me in summer and I'll be a... happy snowman!!!"

          Trolls be trollin'! -DH

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          • #6
            Stupid moment - went into the ring riding a second level test, after wondering why my guy seemed somewhat stiff to the right. Same issue in the test, along with an occasional lifting of the head (not his normal behavior!) Came out of the ring and when my trainer walked up to us from the right side, she said: OH MY GOD, your noseband is run THRU the ring on the snaffle!!!! DUH.
            We don't get less brave; we get a bigger sense of self-preservation........

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Lost_at_C View Post
              I once went off course twice in a row, by riding exactly the same line. Turns out the test was misprinted in a certain popular publication - I was stupid enough to use that version (this was years ago when test publication was quite different), AND stupid enough to ride it TWICE instead of asking for clarification!
              That happened to me too, although it was me making the mistake (not a misprinted test I am sorry to say), at the judge's end of the arena no less so I could actually see her face as I repeated my mistake!

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              • #8
                I am still very green to dressage. I showed a fair bit in 2010, but always with my treasured trainer in tow. This Spring I did my first show alone (just schooling, but still important to me), my trainer couldn't make it, my DH was hurt and couldn't come, and my 'pal' who did come was in the way more than anything. So I was frazzled. I rode Intro B just fine, but there was a mix up with the order of rides with an equally frazzled gate person so I got sorta tossed into Intro C. Waltzed in, halted, felt great, proceeded down centerline..and went the wrong way. I didn't realize it until halfway through the test, when I thought, well, hmm...I'm on the Wrong Long Side. LOL I just fudged through it and afterward, the judge was a total doll: I am doing the gaited tests from NWHA so she was truly concerned she had the wrong test in front of her! She graciously offered to let me ride it over, I declined- I just wanted OUT of there She said it was so pretty and you never, ever acted like you were lost- Fake it, baby!!

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                • #9
                  I diligently learned my test off by heart, entered the ring at C and proceeded to ride the test back to front, not once but twice!



                  the judge had to shout "enter at A" before it sunk in to my poor scared overwrought brain

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                  • #10
                    You know when you focus hard on your ride, and even though you have a reader, you dont really hear them?

                    I was supposed to circle at P...and I started the circle, and remembered feeling so confused that I yelled "Where the frick is P????"
                    And then got docked -2 for use of voice

                    And THEN got a comment of "expressive rider"..., I'm thinking she meant vocally, and not in any way that I would want
                    In my opinion, a horse is the animal to have. 1300 pounds of raw muscle, power, grace, and sweat between your legs - it's something you just can't get from a pet hamster.

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                    • #11
                      Riding Intro last year, one of the first riders of the day. I could do the test from memory, was booking along just fine. Came around A going to the right and RUH OH! The people who set up the ring forgot to put the K marker up! I'm looking frantically for the marker and just decided to wing it where I thought it should be. Turned out they had forgotten F too but I hadn't needed that one. When I came out of the ring and found one of the organizers and told her the letter was missing, she looked at me like I was nuts...and then saw the missing letter markers off to the side. I was proud that I didn't let this fluster me too much. What a pro!

                      This year, riding TL 2, completely blanked and couldn't remember if the stretchy circle came before or after the walk. Was not so composed this time and just stopped and looked like an idiot. Lost 2 on that one. Note for the future: use a reader if you didn't get much sleep the night before!!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by TropicalStorm View Post
                        "Where the frick is P????"
                        Hahaha I LOVE that!

                        I have been riding TL 1, 2, and 3 all year at schooling shows. In T1 and T3, you track Left after enter halt salute, and in T2 you track right.

                        Well at my first show of the season, guess which way I went in T2? Yup. Left. Even though my trainer was reading for me. Yes, I am dumb. what can I say, it's my first year showing dressage.

                        OK, no biggie, first time out, jitters, whatever. We all laughed it off.

                        Month later -- second show of the year -- riding T2 again...guess which way I went? Yup. Left. Trainer threatened to murder me.

                        I got it right my 3rd show out.

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                        • #13
                          I did back-to-back schooling shows last month showing T1 and T2. It wasn't until the second day that the judge pointed out that I was saluting with my whip still in my hand. Thankfully, my mare was a saint and could care less. We scored 7s on most of our halts.

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                          • #14
                            I was riding a hot/sensitive youngster who hadn't seen much. He was already rather googly eyed but still doing his job well until he saw a err... very, very large person walking towards him. He totally freaked out, would not go forward, turn etc. I could hear his heart pounding and he just kept staring directly at this poor person while they walked by snorting super loud, frozen like a deer in the middle of a busy warm up ring. There was no question about "who" he was looking at and scared of, a fellow rider rode by smirking and told me my horse wasn’t politically correct. I was mortified.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Emy View Post
                              I was riding a hot/sensitive youngster who hadn't seen much. He was already rather googly eyed but still doing his job well until he saw a err... very, very large person walking towards him. He totally freaked out, would not go forward, turn etc. I could hear his heart pounding and he just kept staring directly at this poor person while they walked by snorting super loud, frozen like a deer in the middle of a busy warm up ring. There was no question about "who" he was looking at and scared of, a fellow rider rode by smirking and told me my horse wasn’t politically correct. I was mortified.
                              haha! while I was reading this I had to laugh out Really loud! :P

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                              • #16
                                One of my horses very often poops at X. Then none of the following horses want to step in it so their halts will be bad.

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                                • #17
                                  Went off course, in the free walk, with my test being called (correctly) Haha.

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by dudleyc View Post
                                    One of my horses very often poops at X. Then none of the following horses want to step in it so their halts will be bad.
                                    loflmao!

                                    Of course, I ride a horse who *likes* to rest his knees in poop, so we might have a different sort of problem!

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                                    • #19
                                      I did the "oops" on the free walk with my trainer correctly calling my test, too. Corrected my direction mid-walk so I went to the correct letter. And tried to go from free walk to trot, then remembered I wasn't supposed to trot yet. So the first time I got my horse to relax enough to show off his amazing walk at a show... and I blew it for us. Moron!
                                      Originally posted by Silverbridge
                                      If you get anything on your Facebook feed about who is going to the Olympics in 2012 or guessing the outcome of Bush v Gore please start threads about those, too.

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                                      • #20
                                        I had finished a test and was holding my horse, helmet in hand, talking to a friend. I felt something on my head that was really bugging me, thought I had run into a cob web. I kept smacking myself on the head and finally reached up to pull it off.... I had forgotten I had a hairnet on!
                                        "The sea was angry that day, my friends - like an old man trying to send back soup in a deli"

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