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  • What makes a DQ?

    Just what defines a DQ?

  • #2
    My understanding is DQ is a pejorative. Someone who is more concerned about fashion and name dropping than correct and gymnastic riding and often is negative about others.

    Lots of jokes about DQs such as
    How do you tell a DQ from a puppy. . .?

    the puppy eventually stops whining.

    there are others. I hope somebody posts them.
    A man must love a thing very much if he not only practices it without any hope of fame or money, but even practices it without any hope of doing it well.--G. K. Chesterton


    • #3
      Someone who thinks that she is right all the time, has to have things exactly her way or she has a tantrum, and focuses on appearances. Someone who loves dressage for the high degree of control that it gives her, rather than for the harmony with her horse.

      Hopefully I'm not about to make a bunch of enemies with this statement, but I always think "DQ" when I see women riding their tests at shows with a ton of makeup on. I can understand wearing *a little* makeup, though I don't know that I've ever put any on to ride, but if I can see it from the sidelines, it always sparks an involunutary eye roll. Also, I think blush is generally ill-advised when doing anything of an athletic nature. By the end of the test, you end up looking like Raggedy Ann is your makeup artist.

      This might just be my snarkiest post ever.


      • #4
        Anyone the rides an especially nice horse, has nice tack, dresses well, has a good income, and heaven forbid is attractive with a nice figure is called a DQ by those that don't fit that description.


        • #5
          Originally posted by ToN Farm View Post
          Anyone the rides an especially nice horse, has nice tack, dresses well, has a good income, and heaven forbid is attractive with a nice figure is called a DQ by those that don't fit that description.
          Yeah! Down with ugly, poor, fat people on mediocre horses! They are toooo mean!


          • #6
            For me a DQ is someone who buys a scholmaster after struggling for years with Eeyore, then looks down their nose at their former peers who are not able to do the same. Someone who goes to every clinic in their custom saddle/bridle and riding wardrobe and name drops incessantly while recalling loudly the comment that X made about how fabulous their horse is, etc. Oh, and someone who acts incredulous when they learn that not everyone they come into contact with is going to Wellington for the winter.

            It is a mindset that you are better than everyone else and deserve special treatment.

            Usually it is someone who is newer to the sport and has some insecurities that manifest themselves in a middle school fashion.


            • #7
              Anyone the rides an especially nice horse, has nice tack, dresses well, has a good income, and heaven forbid is attractive with a nice figure is called a DQ by those that don't fit that description

              Seems to be what I have noticed as well because half the time the person who describes the above as a DQ has never met the person they are bashing and so when you make fun of someone because they look like they have it together, it isn't very becoming.

              "Simple: Breeding,Training, Riding". Wolfram Wittig.


              • #8
                "Anyone the rides an especially nice horse, has nice tack, dresses well, has a good income, and heaven forbid is attractive with a nice figure is called a DQ by those that don't fit that description."



                • #9
                  DQ = Dressage Snob

                  You can be poor, ugly overweight and riding a cheap-o horse and be a DQ. It is 100% about the attitude.


                  • #10
                    I've met a few DQs over the years. One thing that they all had in common was lack of consideration of their horse as a horse. They either treated it as a child or as a piece of sporting equipment. I've known other very accomplished riders who do dressage, but they were first and foremost horsewomen.


                    • #11
                      Complains to her trainer when someone else wants to ride with her in the 200 X 300 foot arena in a public facility. Had this happen to me, the DQ asked me to leave the arena until she was done.

                      Does not want her horse turned out because he gets dirty. Then sells her horse because he bucks her off.


                      • #12
                        I don't think it's always derogatory... at least not in the circles I (actually) travel in. It is rather tongue in cheek at times.

                        Sometimes I think I might give off the impression that I am, because I am fanatic, almost to the point of compulsion, about colour coordinating if we're riding anywhere but my back 40. Granted they might be Wallyworld leggings instead of breeches, or a $8 vest instead of a real riding one, BUT, I have been caught with a plaid summer shirt with the polos matching one stripe and the saddle pad matching another... Have had plaid pads that the polos MUST match one of the colours. (Yes, I do have a polo problem, I admit it. But it's only since Ebay became an enabler of polos at very, very low prices... )

                        I try very hard not to overdo it... but I think it's a combination of midlife crisis and the fact that they didn't have 'my pretty pony' when I was a child. Himself looks SMASHING in all things purple, and lately I've found myself getting non-horse-related clothes in shades of plum, smoky lavendar, 'wood heather', and periwinkle...

                        BTW, I'm overweight and poor, and he is pinto, ayerab, AND almost-a-pony so... maybe we are safe after all.
                        InnisFailte Pinto Sporthorses & Coloured Cobs

                        Bits are like cats, what's one more? (Petstorejunkie)


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by ToN Farm View Post
                          Anyone the rides an especially nice horse, has nice tack, dresses well, has a good income, and heaven forbid is attractive with a nice figure is called a DQ by those that don't fit that description.
                          Usually the ones that don't fit that description ( by those that don't fit that description) can be found at shows and elsewhere discussing the ones that have gotten off their butt and competed.


                          • #14
                            A DQ is the Dressage version of a Hunter Princess... basically a prima donna, regardless of finances.

                            And I think most people have their DQ "moments"! Let's be honest, you have to be somewhat anal-retentive to get joy out of a perfect 20m circle... it's just if you inflict it on others that can turn you into a DQ!
                            "Adulthood? You're playing with ponies. That is, like, every 9 year old girl's dream. Adulthood?? You're rocking the HELL out of grade 6, girl."


                            • #15
                              I could tell you, but then I would have to talk to you,
                              and(sniff) that is not going to happen.


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Zevida View Post
                                DQ = Dressage Snob

                                You can be poor, ugly overweight and riding a cheap-o horse and be a DQ. It is 100% about the attitude.
                                Yup, I'm a DQ and proud of it. I'm poor, ugly overweight and riding a cheap-o horse but every time I see SIL riding in half chaps shorts on her ancient Stuben with the balance point somewhere on the horse's kidneys I get quite DQish.
                                It's about having standards
                                I wasn't always a Smurf
                                Penmerryl Sophie RIDSH
                                "I ain't as good as I once was but I'm as good once as I ever was"
                                The ignore list is my friend. It takes 2 to argue.


                                • #17
                                  Of course, I could have my groom tell your groom......oh wait YOU don't have one AH HAH HAH HAH......


                                  • #18
                                    What is a DQ

                                    Its a state of mind, and (unless you are whining non-DQ) completely tongue in cheek. We are sisterhood that is allowed to be fussy about the conditions we are to ride our horses in. If you are a DQ you can be anal about their care, turnout, supplements, saddle fit, training, and especially FOOTING i.e. it gives you license to practice good Horsmanship regardless of how much you paid for your steed and how co-ordinated your gear is. As a DQ you are expected to expect only the best and not settle for less. You generally put your horse and the related expenses above your own comfort. Join us, your horse will thank you for it!


                                    • #19
                                      my dressage coach and I are always joking about this. Since we are eventers, she is always trying to convert me into a dq.

                                      I admit I have some dq moments (not the negative ones above) because above all else, I love my horse and would lay down my life for him.

                                      She was absolutely thrilled when I bought a dressage saddle and black bridle, over the moon when I got a real dressage coat and now quite excited that I am getting "real" dressage boots.

                                      She says my conversion will be complete when I have a top hat.

                                      I admit - the more I ride dressage and the more intense it gets, the more I am enjoying it.

                                      so maybe I am a 1/2 dq.


                                      • Original Poster

                                        I too see the DQ in those with color coordinated everything. I like the part about having high standards about the comfort of one's horse. I think I must be 1/2 DQ too!