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    Fun topic... Most embarrassing thing you've done IN a class?

    The topic says it all. What's the most embarrassing thing that you've ever done in a class?

    Come on let's hear it!!!!


    Em
    "Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgment that something is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all." ~2001 The Princess Diaries

    #2
    I had put cash in the pocket of my show breeches (can't remember why) and forgot about it. It went flying out during a flat class right near the judge. Got lots of comments about trying to bribe the judge. . . ring crew picked it all up and returned it to me, so I got it all back, but it was embarrassing.

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      #3
      So- not "me" persay but I was standing my horse in ammy handler at Devon years and years ago. He was young and still a colt.

      When Thom Brede came by to judge, all we could hear at Devon was my mom HOWLING with laughter because my horse was "excited" and letting it all out (but not in a drugged way- an At Attention way). She's not a horse person so it may well have been the first time she saw a horse penis and holy crap........... My typically classy mom "LOOK AT HIS PENIS!!!!!!! It'S HUGE"...... As Thom, my colt and I stood there.....

      Seriously if you can imagine the level that had to be emitting from my mom for us to hear her in the middle of the Dixon Oval.....

      I think I muttered "oh my god" to Tommy....

      Thom patted the colt on the shoulder, said "My- isn't he proud" and continued down the line..........


      I have lots of embarrassing ring moments, but not that many at a show.
      Come to the dark side, we have cookies

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        #4
        As a teenager, my horse tripped me in an in-hand class His front left hoof just clipped the back of my right heel as we were trotting and turned right to come straight to the judge. I didn't fall (oh, the agility of youth!) but kicked myself in my other leg and majorly stumbled a few steps. I think we ended up winning, though!
        If the pony spits venom in your face or produces a loud roar, it is probably not a pony. Find another. -The Oatmeal

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          #5
          Horse was about 2 strides from the out of the line, and my normally un-spooky horse spooked at something on the rail. I should have just put my inside leg on and continued, but it seemed to me that we were headed right for the standard. I honestly thought we were going to crash. I pulled my horse out, still almost hit the standard and yelled a few profanities. Oops. I did apologize to the judge, who laughed with me.

          video shows that what I felt was happening was nothing like what happened. I should have easily been able to get horse back focused.
          Keith: "Now...let's do something normal fathers and daughters do."
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            #6
            In a very large hack class, at a big charity show with lots of people gathered around watching the class, my mare spooked right in front of the judge when someone's kid slammed a metal folding chair against a tree just as we came by. She scooted a few strides then came right back to me, but given the size and quality of the class, I assumed we were toast even though the judge saw the cause of the spook. So I'm standing in the lineup next to one of my barn mates, and they call the winner, and everyone in the lineup clapped for the winner including me. And then I heard my barn mate say "I think that was you . . . ." So yeah I accidentally clapped for myself in front of everyone
            Last edited by Madison; Jun. 14, 2018, 03:00 PM.

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              #7
              Big outdoor show on the grass, big young Hanoverian (17 hands....long back....small brain....) cantering around from the first jump toward a single oxer next to the judge's booth, I applied a half halt. Much like driving the Titanic, the message took awhile to reach the "engine room", so that as horsie left the ground he decided to half halt....halfway over the oxer! So there we stood, front legs on one side, hind legs on the other, totally stopped. His ears pricked forward, proud that he'd understood at least part of the instructions while he stood stock still. Sigh.... I could hear the judge guffawing as I waited for the ring crew to deconstruct the fence so we could get out of the situation safely. I could also see my trainer with his head in his hands.

              This horse went on to have a fabulous dressage career. Jumping just wasn't his thing.
              Proud member of the "Don't rush to kill wildlife" clique!

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                #8
                I have 3:

                1. Jumping my hunter course I got lost, turned corner, see jump on the diagonal coming out of corner, assume that's my next jump. Horse is sucking back so I spur him forward & clearly say "Opps backwards" - yes I have it on video.

                2. Also jumping, got lost again (seems to be a common thread for me). Jumped entire outside line backwards

                3. This time in a flat class. I don't know why I was so unfocused, but I blame the heat... Announcers asks for a trot, I'm happily trotting allong & I hear my barn-mates yelling my name... (we only do that when the little kids are on the wrong diagonal)... Yeap, I was on the wrong diagonal... still won the class
                Life is hard. Buy a freaking helmet.
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                Whatever, go gallop.

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                  #9
                  At my very first show, I was standing near the ingate waiting for my trainer to get done at another ring. I panicked when my ingate coordinator started calling for someone to go because the ring was sitting empty. Trotted into the ring, no trainer and zero warmup, and proceeded to top it all off by going off course and jumping an oxer backward. Trainer watched the whole thing from the next ring over. To her credit, she did not loose her cool! I learned. . . many valuable lessons that day.

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                    #10
                    I struggle with nerves so I've created a few habits to help me while I'm jumping. One is singing under my breath to help keep my rhythm and distract my brain from focusing on a jump. I don't do it all the time anymore, but I will go back to it now and again, especially when a jump looks big to me for whatever reason.

                    Well, last summer I moved up to the adult ammys. I'm sure you see where this is going. At a WCHR show I'd been sucking pretty bad and missing all over the place, so I started singing to get myself on rhythm. I must have been louder than I thought because the judge started giggling as I came down the line under his box. He DEFINITELY heard me singing "Row, row, row your boat..." all the way down! But I'll be damned if I didn't nail those two jumps

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                      #11
                      Hunter pleasure jumping class on my ex-steeplechaser. Cantering around at a lovely relaxed pace with reins practically looped. He really did better with zero contact but lesson learned never totally forget the reins. Jumped the whole course came to the last line which was a triple which we had never practiced. Apparently it looked like a steeplechase set of jumps because we immediately went into a dead gallop omitted a few strides whipped the fastest courtesy circle I've ever done and flew out of the ring. Luckily my trainer was laughing her ass off and just said for the next round pick up your reins and you're going to have to half halt like your life depends on it.

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                        #12
                        it's been awhile since i showed, but this i will never forget. at the biggest show of the year that we went to (evergreen classic), i failed to go through the timers at the end of the USET jumper phase medals class. i rode jumpers and went through a million timers before this. while we walked the course my trainer told me to make sure to go through the timers. she had never even mentioned going through timers before because it's a no brainer. therefore i over thought it and went to the right of the right timer post. my trainer could barely talk to me. she wasn't impressed. i felt awful mostly because my round was perfect. the other trainers weren't impressed with my elimination either because i was always the jumper rider filling out the class for the hunter riders so they would get medals points. no points were awarded if enough people didn't finish the course. what a mess!

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                          #13
                          Back when I was young enough to qualify for the USEF Talent Search, I did not own and horse and would accept any catch ride to get enough points to qualify. One of my trainer's horses was offered to me (Beggars Can't Be Choosers!) and I knew this horse would jump anything/wasn't spooky, could jump a couple 1.20m jumps at home, had excellent flatwork/counter canter/ etc., and was a hunter (read: slower than molasses with the largest spurs you could find). This horse was already going to be at the show doing the Junior Hunters with a kid, so I thought he'd be a safe bet for this class....

                          So here we are and apparently a COURSE of 1.15m jumper jumps is either too much work or not exciting enough compared to the filled junior hunter jumps... we have roughly 8 of 12ish jumping efforts down. For those of you that don't know how the Talent Search classes work, everyone does the first round over a jumper-ish course and then everyone comes back for a flat portion that consists of regular eq flat stuff plus extended trot, halt, counter canter.

                          I practice counter canter and canter in the warm up and am sure that we will nail it! I'm a pretty equitation rider and steady eddy should help me maybe move into the ribbons. We come in for the flat phase (and I know my lovely 32 faults has me in last place, but we are not sore losers) and are doing great. Judges ask for counter canter and the steed picks up the canter. I walk and ask for the counter canter again; however, pick up the canter. Stay calm and walk again to ask for counter canter... you guessed it! We cantered. So after maybe 4 or 5 attempts of walking and failing to get counter canter, we finally get it! BUT it's been so long that we get at most 5 steps in before judges ask everyone to switch direction. So now steed is annoyed and confused... Judges now ask for the canter (NOT COUNTER CANTER) and steed decides I have no idea what I'm doing and counter canters on his own accord.

                          To make this story even better, there was a grand prix rider that I had a huge crush on watching (read: never talked to, only admired from distance because I was at that awkward stage in my life)... I come out of the ring WAY out of the ribbons and my mom goes, "hey at least steed knows how to get crush's attention! With that many rails and that many attempts to counter canter, crush must have noticed you!"

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                            #14
                            In a handy hunter class as a teen, at Atlanta classic, had to lead horse over jump. Mymate was a really nice mover and had a really good jumping round. She normally was great to lead over a jump, so I was feeling confident we were going to place high. I stepped over jump and clucked to her and for some unknown reason, she pulled back, pulling me over the jump so I landed on my butt.

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                              #15
                              Trainer didn't tie the fake tail in well enough and it came off mid-class! I still giggle about it.

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                                #16
                                I had a horse stop to poop in the middle of a line. Complete with grunting and groaning and a big shake at the end. Then happily cantered 2 strides from the stand still and out over the 2nd fence.

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                                  #17
                                  As a teen, non horse owner being allowed the privilege of showing the stables favourite pony. Was told if we did well in this warm up show, I can ride her all year...I'm dedicated, I'm focused, I can do this...I listen carefully to the instruction that I will need to have plenty of impulsion coming into the over in the middle of the treble...I get impulsion ok, but forgot that it was a treble, and somehow manage to turn in and ride her at the little wall that was the first fence...we both just ran straight into it..

                                  Someone else showed her after that.


                                  As an adult, first ever Dressage show, very low key...enter at A, halt at X, all is great, reader calls, proceed to C, track left, TRACK LEFT, that will be your OTHER left....which is why I had L and R written on my hands fir a while, and why my coach tends to read through before we go in, reading towards the barn, or towards the stands or whatever works.
                                  "He's not even a good pathological liar." Mara

                                  "You're just a very desperate troll, and not even a good one. You're like middle-school troll at best. Like a goblin, not even a troll." et_fig

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                                    #18
                                    luckily this was at a schooling show, although quite a big show. Equitation class in the summer so I'm in breeches and a polo tucked in and a belt. The belt becomes unbuckled during my flat class and is flopping all around like a male appendage right in front of my crotch. My coach is dying laughing as is the announcer as I come around to the gate. When I got to a place that the judge wasn't really watching I whip belt out of belt loops and throw it out of the ring. I think my trainer is still laughing about this today. Needless to say I did not place.
                                    The Love for a Horse is just as Complicated as the Love for another Human being, If you have never Loved a Horse you will Never Understand!!!

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                                      #19
                                      A couple of years ago I got chucked into an oxer at a very big show in a little 1.10m class when the stands were filled with people who were there to watch the big Hunter Derby that was next. Failing in front of a lot of people dressed in fancy clothes is somehow worse.

                                      Probably my biggest OMG, why? moment was when my junior hunter and I got lost on course during a classic. He was an idiot in horse clothing and decided my uncertainty meant we were in danger so he just took off with me. We jumped a line backwards, oxer to vertical- I can still hear everyone screaming on the sidelines- and I was only able to stop him by running him into the fenceline.

                                      He was for sale at that time, and some potential buyers had come down to watch us in the classic. They did not buy him.
                                      You can take a line and say it isn't straight- but that won't change its shape. Jets to Brazil

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                                        #20
                                        There was a show many years ago, I believe I was still a junior, to which I took a horse I was considering buying. Fell off in 2/3 OF classes due to some very dirty stops (but we got 3rd in the other OF and won the US ). Needless to say, did not buy and he went elsewhere to try his luck as a dressage horse.

                                        Several years later, I took a very green horse to his first show. We did walk/trot and then cross rails (you know, where it's just twice around the outside). Trainer, who is known to be a bit dyslexic, told me the wrong start direction and I believed her, instead of checking the course myself (lesson learned!). Proceeded to go off course on a cross rails course. Much teasing from barn mates followed.

                                        There was also the period of time (I think it was about 6 months in 2008) where I lost the ability to remember jumper courses which was really embarrassing and frustrating. Trainer was not thrilled and would recruit others to yell the course at me (these were just schooling shows, so fairly relaxed).

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