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

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    #61
    I once forgot the last fence of the course, which wouldn't be so bad in itself but I had just jumped the same course a couple of hours earlier. Oh and to top it off the fence I omitted was literally right in front of me as I was making my final courtesy circle. I had to make a very sharp turn to avoid it. I couldn't figure out why no one was clapping as I stopped.

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      #62
      Trying to fit in at an A circuit H/J show (I'm an eventer) I had two horses in similar divisions and was alone doing my own grooming, braiding and tacking up. I'm being called for my class and rushing to switch tack to my second horse. I trot over to the ring and straight in... I couldn't figure out why I didn't get a place in the under saddle. There were fewer horses than ribbons. Then someone told me I was eliminated for my standing martingale. I was annoyed as my horse didn't need it anyway...
      Blugal

      You never know what kind of obsessive compulsive crazy person you are until another person imitates your behaviour at a three-day. --Gry2Yng

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        #63
        Idk, mine might take the cake. My green horse jumped out of the ring at WEF this past year. So mortified, I was trying to hold back tears.

        Now I get to laugh it off-- and brag that my horse really will jump anything you point him at

        https://www.instagram.com/p/Be0JrH8A...=jensenwedeles

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          #64
          Originally posted by wronglead View Post
          Idk, mine might take the cake. My green horse jumped out of the ring at WEF this past year. So mortified, I was trying to hold back tears.

          Now I get to laugh it off-- and brag that my horse really will jump anything you point him at

          https://www.instagram.com/p/Be0JrH8A...=jensenwedeles
          OMG I just died. I loved that ring guy helpfully pointing you in the right direction LIKE YOU DIDN'T KNOW
          ~Veronica
          "The Son Dee Times" "Sustained" "Somerset" "Franklin Square"
          http://photobucket.com/albums/y192/vxf111/

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            #65
            Originally posted by wronglead View Post
            Idk, mine might take the cake. My green horse jumped out of the ring at WEF this past year. So mortified, I was trying to hold back tears.

            Now I get to laugh it off-- and brag that my horse really will jump anything you point him at

            https://www.instagram.com/p/Be0JrH8A...=jensenwedeles
            I love this!! Beautiful horse!

            Been there, done that, got the t-shirt too .. but in dressage. It happens..
            AETERNUM VALE, INVICTUS - 7/10/2012

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              #66
              vxf111 Hahaha, the "helpful ring guy" was actually my trainer... I really thought he may never train me after that weekend! However, the actual ring guy legit turned around and was like "what just happened??". I think the judge was confused too.

              beowulf thank you! He is normally a much darker buckskin but thats what winter and a clip job will do! Those baby dressage fence rings are exactly the reason we could never do dressage lol

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                #67
                This is many many moons ago (probably 1991 maybe 92) at Cornell Universities open show. I'm there at my first away show ever. First class goes okay, I'm not lovely but we get around and come in last place. The trainer's daughter comes up and says something mean to me about my leads or whatever, I just remember she totally got in my head.

                Second class I enter but apparently never breathe. Pass out off the horse after the 4th jump. Out cold, rescue comes out to me, but the guy only has part of one arm so when I finally open my eyes all I see is a half of an arm and I scream bloody murder. I don't know why I mean it's a half an arm not that big a deal, but obviously coming out of losing consciousness it scared the poop out of me. I"m much better now but that will certainly haunt me the rest of my days.

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                  #68
                  Originally posted by wronglead View Post
                  Idk, mine might take the cake. My green horse jumped out of the ring at WEF this past year. So mortified, I was trying to hold back tears.

                  Now I get to laugh it off-- and brag that my horse really will jump anything you point him at

                  https://www.instagram.com/p/Be0JrH8A...=jensenwedeles
                  Amazing...and even better because it's on video....
                  Keith: "Now...let's do something normal fathers and daughters do."
                  Veronica: "Buy me a pony?"

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                    #69
                    You know how when you're young, you feel like 1, you're invincible, and 2, you know everything? Check, check. I was just learning to ride "English" at a WP AQHA farm. This is early '80s, mind you. This farm had a large lesson program. Well, they had a QH show and us students could sign up if we had a QH. I didn't, but I was allowed to ride the "sales" horses. I had one a loved. We did really well in the WP classes. Hmm...they have a jumping class. Wonder what that's all about. How hard can it be, right? Okay, I was 14, never took a jumping lesson, and to be honest, I didn't even know if this horse jumped. I just liked him, and thought he would do it for me. And no one at the barn bothered to tell me it was a bad idea. I have Super 8 footage of the results. Haa. And the worst part is, look at the clothing!!!! ACK. https://www.dropbox.com/s/xhp6r334ws...01982.mpg?dl=0

                    Another embarrassing moment was taking a lesson with my then (now husband) fiance's trainer when he was out of state. He probably talked me up as a really good rider (silly DH). Well, I was riding a somewhat green TB. We were jumping and at one point the horse ditched left, and I fell off. I landed butt-first in the well of a wishing-well standard. DH said all he could see where my hands and feet sticking out of the well. I was so embarrassed...but laughing at the same time because, well, it was funny. And painful.

                    My hopeful road to the 2021 RRP TB Makeover: https://paradoxfarm.blog/

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                      #70
                      One of my embarrassing moments was when my horse dumped me right onto a pile of decorations in the ring, most importantly the wooden wheel barrow one right in the middle of then all, I ended up breaking the handle right off with my shoulder on the way down. Every show after that for 5 months I was reminded of it cause the kept the wooden wheel barrow decoration in the ring with only one handle. I always found it to be one of my more funny falls, in a giant ring he had to do it right on to the pile of decorations, maybe he thought it would be a softer landing, I still love him to this day. Oh! On the plus side my horse isn't the kind to stand idly by while you get up, he goes on a galloping bucking spree, guess he likes to show the ladies he's still got some kick in him!

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                        #71
                        In two hunter rounds, I jumped the same jump ... backwards. First jump in both the schooling round and 2nd o/f course.

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                          #72
                          this weekend, I did a schooling hunter round before my division classes. I almost NEVER do a warm up but the footing was iffy in the warm up so I only jumped one out there. Good thing, cuz I turned the corner to get to the in and out (last line), and it wasn't there. I totally drove past it, because they had moved it from the derby the day before. It was behind the pillars Friday and in front of the pillars Saturday. OOPSY. AND I had been watching rounds in that ring all morning. Embarrassing amateur moment. I don't think I've EVER gone off course. Good thing it was a schooling class.

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                            #73
                            Originally posted by Blugal View Post
                            Trying to fit in at an A circuit H/J show (I'm an eventer) I had two horses in similar divisions and was alone doing my own grooming, braiding and tacking up. I'm being called for my class and rushing to switch tack to my second horse. I trot over to the ring and straight in... I couldn't figure out why I didn't get a place in the under saddle. There were fewer horses than ribbons. Then someone told me I was eliminated for my standing martingale. I was annoyed as my horse didn't need it anyway...
                            There was an older lady who flipped her lid at a show last week because she felt she should have placed u/s but same deal, didn't take off her martingale. When her trainer (friend??) explained, she got louder and said it shouldn't matter, best horse is clearly BEST HORSE NO MATTER WHAT. I think her intent was for the judge to hear her, I think the judge did... .

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                              #74
                              Originally posted by Sueby View Post

                              There was an older lady who flipped her lid at a show last week because she felt she should have placed u/s but same deal, didn't take off her martingale. When her trainer (friend??) explained, she got louder and said it shouldn't matter, best horse is clearly BEST HORSE NO MATTER WHAT. I think her intent was for the judge to hear her, I think the judge did... .
                              But clearly not the BEST AT READING THE RULEBOOK!
                              ~Veronica
                              "The Son Dee Times" "Sustained" "Somerset" "Franklin Square"
                              http://photobucket.com/albums/y192/vxf111/

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                                #75
                                I love these stories - especially the close your eyes one.
                                I think my funniest show moment was at Keswick doing the jumpers. My trainer was always prepared for me to forget the course. So there I am on a tiny, very obvious appaloosa mare that I am doing a course on for the first time and trying for purchase. We go into the main ring and it's late, people are tailgating around the ring and are quite, umm happy. I pick up the canter and after the first jump, I'm lost. My trainer pretty much yelled the whole course to me. My head swiveling back and forth looking for the next jump. I could hear people laughing after each direction I was yelled by my trainer. After the course the announcer was like and can't re- has...ummm.... made it to the jump off. He was laughing and as shocked as everyone else that I was continuing on. I had to stay in for the jump off. So I looked at my trainer at the ingate as I cantered by and tell him I don't know the jump off. The tailgaters are howling. Needless to say, my trainer got me thru the course and I ended up third. I got quite a round of applause and more laughter when I finished the jump off, maybe more for my trainer and the saint of a horse. My groom/brother was dying. I bought that mare!
                                As is our confidence, so is our capacity. ~W. Hazlitt

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                                  #76
                                  When I was still doing short stirrup with my pony I forgot to take my martingale off for the hack class. My non-horsey dad yelled from across the ring, "Rachel! You forgot to take your dandelion off!" We still call martingales "dandelions."

                                  I also once caught my dad letting my horse (that he said he was going to walk around) three aisles down from our row of stalls at a horse show eating a bale of hay that was not ours because "he looked hungry". He's the best.

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                                    #77
                                    Originally posted by Man in Black View Post
                                    When I was still doing short stirrup with my pony I forgot to take my martingale off for the hack class. My non-horsey dad yelled from across the ring, "Rachel! You forgot to take your dandelion off!" We still call martingales "dandelions."

                                    I also once caught my dad letting my horse (that he said he was going to walk around) three aisles down from our row of stalls at a horse show eating a bale of hay that was not ours because "he looked hungry". He's the best.
                                    That is FANTASTIC! I'm forever going to call them dandelions now! I've also had to scold my non-horsey husband for feeding other people's horses treats at shows because "they're cute"....

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                                      #78
                                      I do the jumpers. I was doing a speed class, jumped the jump. After jumping the jump, my horse focused on the ring fence and jumped out of the ring.

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                                        #79
                                        Cantered to the wrong first jump! It was really hot and my brain was fried. This was the last round of a two day local show and it was in the low 90s both days. I had started out the round with my horse hesitating to pick up the canter as he entered the ring. My horse was hot, tired and done with the show. I was already hot and exhausted as I struggled to pick up the canter without sticking him in front of the judge. I was frazzled and as soon as I landed from a decent first jump, I heard "Rider ___, you are off course!"
                                        Last edited by equest; Jun. 28, 2018, 10:36 AM.
                                        Love my "Slow-T T B"
                                        2010 OTTB, Dixie Union x Dash for Money

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                                          #80
                                          Originally posted by Lord Helpus View Post

                                          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.
                                          What a story, LH
                                          Love my "Slow-T T B"
                                          2010 OTTB, Dixie Union x Dash for Money

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