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

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    Does feeling embarrassed count? I took my boy to a Hunter Trial. Work were bringing me 2 tbs. Both over 16 hh. They turn up with one and with Tristan.

    Apparently the other tb had thrown a shoe.

    I couldn't believe it. Tristan was way too small for me. Yes I ride him every day as a trail ride guide as I was the only one who could. He had never jumped. Tris was a Norwejian Fjord.

    I had always asked if I could ride him. The manager always said no. One day out of frustration he said yes and I had ridden him every day since.

    I was so embarrassed. I can still feel the embarrassment. The steeplehase had 3 lots of 44 gallon drums lying down. I started the round and decided to let him gallop. By the time he saw the barrels he tried to stop but hr couldn't in time. I held him straight. He did go over them and I praised. We managed to go around the 2 laps.

    The embarrassment comes back again in the start box where I had to wait. I can just see all these eyes watching me sitting on the too small pony. I ask if it is legal for me to dismount while waiting as I couldn't take the embarrassment of sitting on him. They said yes. Phew.

    I mounted for the cross country. I kept him at a reserved pace. I took all the long options. I managed to get him around. The finish is down a hill to the finish flags in front of the crowd on an oval. I decide to let him go as a reward for being so good.

    We gallop down the hill and through the flags to a standing ovation. I have never seen a standing ovation before and to this day I don't know why. Was it his breed? Had someone announced that he had never jumped before today? My embarrasment went. My confidence returned.

    Going into the show jumping it started with 2 big cross rails. I had a refusal and him over. Another refusal and him over. Then I figured I was good enough to sit up and PUSH. There was no. way. he. was. going. to. stop at another fence.

    At a fence heading back towards the crowd and with plenty of fill . I sit back and PUSH. Tristan stops. I keep going and stop sitting behind his ears. I manage to get back in the saddle and did an exaggerated comical bow to the audience before leaving.

    It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.


      Let's see, one time when I was 24, I told Victor Hugo Vidal to f-off in the middle of a hunter round. When I was 13, during the jumpers I pulled up, flipped off the entire crowd and look at the judge, tossed my reins away and told them to f-ing forget it.

      Oh, and about 5 years ago, I pulled up on XC, and basically flipped off the entire ground jury and crowd.


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        Reed set the bar pretty high. I didn't flip anyone off lol.

        My story comes with a video:

        It seems like a decent round. 1 rail but we're still learning each other. But look closer.... Look at his hocks.

        Yea.... show nerves, pouring rain at time we left trailer and an oversize rain sheet went on, hubby doesn't know USEF rules. ... And yes I left on our Back on Track hock boots and we did our round with them on.

        No one said a THING. 2 different stewards watched the warm up. And the gasp that erupted from me as I dismounted and looked back and saw them..... you would have thought I'd just run over my best friend with my truck. I had no clue.

        I was so embarrassed that I emailed USE the next day and reported myself. Lmao.

        "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


          I once went around 3 times in a twice-around-the-outside equitation over fences class.
          "Facts are meaningless. You can use facts to prove anything
          that's even remotely true."

          Homer Simpson


            In my first dressage class ever, sometime in elementary school, I interpreted "free walk on a long rein" as "walk the hell out of the ring." Like, I looped the rein and walked horsey over the white chain of the dressage arena. We then ambled aimlessly around the enclosure until someone finally rang us out.
            "With mirth and laughter, let old wrinkles come" (Shakespeare).


              I wasn't really embarrassed by this, but my one...and so far only...time going off course was pretty spectacular. The first jump on the course was jumped from both directions it just depended on which class as to which way you needed to go. Well, I jumped it the wrong way for the card I was on. I realized it right away but My young horse was being a handful and needed to go around, so I just kept going, figuring I could maybe get another fence or line in I was going to pull up as soon as they rang me out...but they never did! I just kept going, looking for something I could jump from whatever direction I was going. Finally after about 14 jumps, I looked over and the judge and announcer were madly shuffling papers, trying to figure out what course I was doing. Seems I had been so confident in my Track that they thought they were missing a course. I confessed, we all had a laugh and Mr.-Too-Big-For-His-Britches got the school he needed.
              Keith: "Now...let's do something normal fathers and daughters do."
              Veronica: "Buy me a pony?"


                In college, I occasionally rode consignment horses for my "trainer". She told me to meet her at a show one day, but didn't tell me who I'd be riding. I show up and she hands me a 6 yo chestnut QH gelding, built like a TANK, and tells me that while he's super quiet, he's only ever done WP his entire life. Great, this is a hunter show.

                So I hack him around for a few, and he is indeed quiet and sweet. We do two flat classes, and placed in each. Awesome.

                Then comes the Hack class. Horse has never jumped before. We get to the first jump and he flail-launches himself over it. I almost fall. It's spectacular.

                Second jump.... he doesn't even try. Completely unfazed, he goes straight through it, doesn't event pick up his feet. Stumbles slightly, takes the whole jump down, and we go trotting off, with him cool as a cucumber, and me looking mortified.

                To top it off, he stopped in the middle of flat portion, during the canter, DIRECTLY in front of the judges, to pee.

                We got second in the class and reserve champ for the show.


                  I have a few:

                  1. It was my first show at 2'3" with my green TB (we were both green actually, which doesn't usually work out well but he was a saint of a horse). We were doing the hunters, so a fairly simple course you'd think. Apparently not. He was being so good and quiet and the course was our best one of the day. I go to do the outside line, and it was actually our best line of the day.... until I realized I'd jumped it backwards. Whoopsy! I laughed myself out of the ring, and then my barn mates proceeded to tell me the flowers are on the forward side of the jump not the backside. Well I wasn't looking for the flowers that's for sure. Knock on wood, haven't gone off course (in a hunter class anyways) since then.

                  2. I had started my course and the announcer was saying my horse's name and my name as I was coming down the outside line closest to the announcers booth. Well they pronounced my name terribly wrong, at which point in the middle of the line I yell out how to pronounce it. (not really embarrassing more just funny to me)

                  3. It was the second show with me new guy and we were still attempting to do the jumpers (we have both decided we prefer the hunter ring). He isn't a huge fan of going around quickly and incorporating tight turns, which usually resulted in some sassiness on his part, but he was being good on this day. It had rained so the ring was fairly wet, with a decent puddle towards one corner at the end that I was trying to avoid. Everything seemed to be going well until we got to that end and there was a dog relieving himself, which apparently Remi found offensive. So he went one way and I went the other, directly into the mud puddle I was trying to avoid. I'm pretty sure that was our last time in the jumper ring. He is a much cuter hunter anyways


                    Trainer put me on his up and coming hunter for the flat class in his division. It was my first time riding in a show with multiple rings going at once. We had a bad canter depart into the wrong lead, I fixed it and then I heard to trot...turns out it was the wrong ring! Trainer was NOT happy that I blew the horses chance of a ribbon.


                      One time in college I was at an IHSA show somewhere cold in the dead of January. It was awful the horses were barely keeping their shit together. I am short and pulled a rather large black warmblood like thing for my over fences class. He seemed ok when I got on and the handler was walking me around. In the IHSA you can't really pick up contact on your horse until you're entering the ring and the handler dumped me into the ring too fast and as soon as she let go the horse took off bucking with me water skiing at the end of the reins.


                      So I pulled him up, played nice and patted him and told him it was ok. Pick up a canter and headed to fence one. The course went as thus: Fence one, land, need a simple change, pull up to the trot, buck buck buck canter. Line, repeat, line, repeat, line, repeat and closing circle.

                      Left the ring while our coach was just standing there laughing so hard she cried (zero concern for my safety but I grew up riding school horses who thought it was their job to buck you off so riding a buck is pretty meh to me). We all chocked that one up to winter! Horses! IHSA! And then I won the class. I guess in hind sight I did get all my distances, all my leads and the strides in every line and the judge was impressed by my ability to not get bucked off despite the horses best efforts. All I remember thinking the entire time was "you have to be kidding me".


                        When I was a wee one, I ended up winning the Short Stirrup medal finals in my area. They asked me to lead off the victory gallop, and in my oblivious excitement, I headed off. And just kept going. I had no idea it was supposed to be just one lap. Eventually my trainer was able to flag me down and get me out of the ring haha


                          Originally posted by RomeosGirl View Post
                          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
                          Thank god I'm not alone I'm very directionally challenged and got lost mid course at a show, I saw the outside line and headed towards it. Realized about a stride out we were going to jump in backwards, told my horse whoa, he jumped it and then halted nicely on the other side of the fence. Line was right next to the judge. Looked over, sheepishly apologized and did my walk of shame out of the ring. My trainer would barely talk to me afterwards.


                            My coach let me borrow one of her sales horses to ride at a B-rated show as my horse was off. I was showing in the adult ammies.

                            This was at an indoor show, and the main show ring was connected to the warm up arena. During my round, I heard the announcer saying "Adult amateur - stop. Adult amateur - STOP. ADULT AMATEUR STOP!!!!" so I pulled up on course. I thought maybe there was a loose horse headed to the show ring or something else very wrong. My coach was giving me the strangest look (I happened to be stopped right at the in gate) and asking me what I was doing. Did I forget the course? I said no, the announcer said to stop! She said she had no idea what I was talking about and to get I picked up my canter and finished.

                            The worst part is we were having a wonderful course to that point and definitely would have pinned!

                            I still have no idea what the announcer was trying to announce.
                            I've spent most of my life riding horses. The rest I've just wasted.


                              When my mare was chubby 3yo, we fell down in a baby green hunter under saddle class. We were just doing under saddle classes at her first rated show. Going from canter to walk, she started stiff-legged crow hops...I pitched forward and she went ass over teakettle into the dirt. Then she laid there in her hole like a beached whale for a couple minutes with the whole class stopped staring at us. On top of it, I scraped my elbow which ruined my favorite coat...and I was required to see the EMT because there was blood. A small chunk of my self-esteem died forever that day.


                                Originally posted by hairystockings View Post
                                One time in college I was at an IHSA show somewhere cold in the dead of January. It was awful the horses were barely keeping their shit together. I am short and pulled a rather large black warmblood like thing for my over fences class. He seemed ok when I got on and the handler was walking me around. In the IHSA you can't really pick up contact on your horse until you're entering the ring and the handler dumped me into the ring too fast and as soon as she let go the horse took off bucking with me water skiing at the end of the reins.


                                So I pulled him up, played nice and patted him and told him it was ok. Pick up a canter and headed to fence one. The course went as thus: Fence one, land, need a simple change, pull up to the trot, buck buck buck canter. Line, repeat, line, repeat, line, repeat and closing circle.

                                Left the ring while our coach was just standing there laughing so hard she cried (zero concern for my safety but I grew up riding school horses who thought it was their job to buck you off so riding a buck is pretty meh to me). We all chocked that one up to winter! Horses! IHSA! And then I won the class. I guess in hind sight I did get all my distances, all my leads and the strides in every line and the judge was impressed by my ability to not get bucked off despite the horses best efforts. All I remember thinking the entire time was "you have to be kidding me".
                                Hahaha I always thought that the IHSA motto should be "you can ride anything for 2 minutes"


                                  It didn't happen to me, but one of my friends was in an equitation class on the flat many years ago. When the announcer said "cross your irons" she thought he said "close your eyes." So the entire time everyone else was stopped to cross their stirrups in front of their saddles and then continuing along, she was wandering around the ring with her eyes closed... Not sure how she avoided the other horses, but she definitely didn't place! LOL.
                                  Last edited by jumpoff87; Jun. 28, 2018, 04:12 PM.


                                    I did a hunter pace years ago and borrowed my SO's lovely percheron gelding because my green OTTB wasn't ready for the thrill of all that open space. Horse was wonderful, with a rocking-chair canter, and he loved to jump the little baby-size obstacles, but he was wide, wide, wide. Like straddling-a-couch wide.

                                    At the end of the course (about an hour's worth of riding, I think), we crossed the finish line and made our way to where all the other riders were congregating. I swing off, my feet hit the ground, and my legs just collapsed under me. So there I was, lying on the ground under Horsie's serving-platter-sized feet, laughing my head off and saying "I can't move my legs!"

                                    I had to be hauled to my feet by SO, and dragged/carried back to the trailer because I'd stretched my legs out so badly that I could only hobble like one of those cowboy images with the incredibly bowed legs. And all this in front of Chester County, PA's finest six-figure horses and A show riders. It wasn't redneck dressage, but pretty darn close!
                                    "Dogs give and give and give. Cats are the gift that keeps on grifting." —Bradley Trevor Greive


                                      This is not exactly at the show ring but my horse's personality at shows I took her to.
                                      1) She decided this one gelding walking by was very handsome. Nickered at him and proceeded to stalk him until I asked her to stop. She listened, but conked her head to get a really good look at him.
                                      2) She loves parents, I don't know why, she likes to poke and say hi to other kids parents. She ended up confusing one girl's father as he was watching her daughter's round and kept being poked by something. She also walked up to a random mom in the warm up ring when I was walking her.


                                        Ah, so many stories to choose from, but the one that was most embarassing was many years ago at the High Desert Classic in Bend, OR. I was warming up my TB in the afternoon for our Adult Amateur hunter class. He was pretty hot, and I was fairly novice. Back then, the hunter warm-up area was an unfenced area on the grass outside the first hunter ring. As we went to do our final warm up fence, horsie slammed on the brakes and dumped me hard, and then proceeded to have a party. I got to my feet to see my lovely, braided hunter go galloping away, then turn right to do a big show off drive-by, bucking and galloping, past the back side of ALL SIX RINGS. Announcers in all the rings instructed people to pull up, while my idiot horse ran all the way down, then turned around to trot back (dodging various do-gooders and jump crew) while I trudged shame-faced to try to get him. At one point he actually trotted off into the juniper and scrub, and a part of me would have been just as happy to never see him again. But horsie remembered where the barns were and came back into the warm up area to see where we went. I still wonder how many people were in the middle of having good rounds that were ruined by me and my horse. Bruised both my butt and my confidence that day. But got over it and forgave my horse. In fact, I still have the horse and he's 29.


                                          It was my first time at Devon. I was riding like dog poop because I was so nervous about being there. My last class was the A/O stake which was the first class at the Saturday Matinee. The stands were packed. In I go, and pick up the canter for my circle. The first jump was a brush jump across the diagonal. I look in --- see nothing. So I look away and then back at the jump. I still see nothing. By now were are either 2 or 3 strides from the jump (I have NO idea which).

                                          My horse, Valor, was a saint. Wonderful. Horse of a lifetime. But he had 1 rule. Do NOT NOT NOT throw his head away in front of a jump. As long as you kept a feel of his mouth, he would make things work out.

                                          Knowing this, I decided to throw his head away, close my eyes and pray. So Valor did what he always does: he turned the engine off and came to a sliding stop which took his head and neck over the top of the jump and deposited me right in the middle of the brush. And at Devon, they have real, thick, brush.

                                          Valor stumbled backward and was caught by a jump crew man and taken to the gate. Meantime, I was stuck, head first, into the brush. It took 2 men to pull me out.......

                                          That was bad, but the worse part was that the audience clapped for me as I walked, head down' to the back gate.
                                          "He lives in a cocoon of solipsism"