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

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    Yeah, the audience sympathy-clapping for your embarrassing moment is the worst part! I'd much prefer that they laugh at me.
    "Dogs give and give and give. Cats are the gift that keeps on grifting." —Bradley Trevor Greive


      This happened during the line up after a fairly decent sized A/A under saddle class at a USEF home show years ago...I thought I had securely put my dog, Griffin, in the tack room but apparently not! Just as we lined up, into the ring he trots...I am the last horse in the line up. He trots right down the center looking up at each horse to find me. When he got to the end, there I was! There was far more applause for his effort to locate me than the results of the class!


        Years ago, I owned a very quiet young horse who never did anything wrong. I'm not kidding. I was showing him at a schooling show and it was at least 98 degrees out and humid. I stupidly showed anyway, although everyone was dying from the heat. The judge was sitting in the back of a pickup truck at the rail. As my horse and I passed the judge, Buddy let out a huge buck - just one - and off I went. To ad insult to injury, I burst into tears. Buddy had never bucked before or after that show. He was just letting me know it was too darn hot to ride!!


          Gulfport Winter Series....2000 I believe. I'm not sure if this is the most embarrassing or just the craziest thing to happen to me on course.

          I'm in the callback for the Children's Medal. I'm sitting in 2nd. The top 4 were called into the arena, told the course and told not to speak to each other while lined up. It was very cold and blustery that day. The wind was serious.

          First two riders do their courses. Now it's my turn. My course was going ok, one tight jump but not too bad. I'm coming around the corner to the last fence thinking to myself "don't mess up" when the giant tent b/t the arenas goes airborne. The tent flips and its flying around, horses are screaming and running off and I'm just frozen. I halted my horse and just sat there. His head was straight up and he nickered at the horses screaming and running. I think my only saving grace was that we happened to be facing it when it happened. My horse was pretty spooky when he was younger and he just stayed still. After a while they announced that I could return to the lineup. Well of course we all talked then b/c OMG did you see that!?

          After they got things settled, it was a while, maybe 30 min (I don't recall exactly), they announced that I could finish my course. So I cantered off, jumped the one jump and went back to the lineup. I was kind of hoping to redo the whole thing since I had the close fence, but it was still funny b/c my horse had practically gone to sleep while waiting in the lineup.

          I kept my 2nd place but 1st would have been nice just for the circumstances I had to deal with!

          A Moments Worth - "Chance" - 1990 Chestnut OTTB
          King Creole - "Milo" - 2006 Bay Appendix QH


            How have I missed this thread?

            Most Embarassing Dressage Division:

            My First.Test.Ever. & I am convinced I do not require a reader.
            So I enter @ A, halt @ X & proceed to ....... here's where my mind blanks & I circle aimlessly.
            As we pass the judge @ C she whispers "Wrong Test"

            Most Embarassing Hunter Division:

            We school for Medals early morning.
            Warmup is sand but it has rained, so wet sand.
            It is warm out, so I am not wearing my huntcoat.
            Horse schools beautifully, so I put my coat on & decide to take one last practice jump,
            At which horse STOPS, sending me somersaulting over his neck into wet sand.
            Trainer & I then frantically try to remove wet sand stainage from my coat & white cuffs before entering the ring....
            Not my most presentable Medals round
            IIRC we still finished top 3.

            Most Embarassing Pleasure Driving:

            Mini & I at our first ADS show, Working class.
            He is 3yo. at his first rated show & so far has been very good in a class of 14 () minis.
            Lucky (?) me, Judge asks for us to change across the diagonal & calls my number to go first.
            We perform what is undoubtedly the most serpentine diagonal Judge has ever witnessed.
            *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
            Steppin' Out 1988-2004
            Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
            Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015


              Montana always had an...interesting...sense of humor, so I have MANY, MANY stories of the times he humbled me during our 17-year relationship. Luckily, I also have an equal number of times that he saved my tail - like the time we were in a flat class in the KHP covered arena and a gust of wind flipped the vendor tables off the mezzanine into the stands as we were cantering by - he never blinked an eye despite every other horse in the arena exiting stage left in a hurry), we won the class (and the division), and then he dumped me on my butt on the way back to the barn when we passed an apparently terrifying rock on the side of the road.

              I think my favorite incident, though, was one that happened at a Brownland schooling show when I was in college. It was the day before the show, and we were schooling in the ring that is the primary hunter ring at their rated shows. For those who haven't shown at Brownland, there are three arenas side-by-side that all lead into a huge schooling ring (which also doubles as the Grand Prix ring sometimes). There are no actual gates between the show rings and the big ring, just openings in the fence. Montana and I had just finished an AMAZING schooling session over fences that I later learned were set somewhere around 3'3"-3'6" (we were showing 2'6" at the time). I was trotting him down the outside rail, reins on the buckle, on my way out of the ring when he suddenly noticed that there was a broken board in the arena fence. He LEAPED into the air, spun around, and bolted. I was caught completely off guard and splatted flat onto my stomach, which knocked the air out of me. I couldn't breathe or speak, and my trainer thought I was hurt, so she yelled for the other people in the ring to "watch the horse" and ran over to me. Well, they "watched" him, alright - watched him gallop out of the show arena, make three laps of the big ring, and sprint for the barns, his tail flipped over his back and his head straight up in all his little Arab glory. It took about 10 minutes for someone to come walking up with him from the barns. I could have killed him that day. The next day, we were named Champion in two divisions. I've come off of that horse more times than I can count in my life, and that was the ONLY time he ever left the scene of the accident. Jerk.


                I threw up on my horse right outside the show ring after my show jump round at an event once. I was really nervous and it was 95 degrees. I didn't drink enough, so that plus being super anxious.....I barfed down his right shoulder.

                We went onto XC and got 2nd that day


                  This one didn't happen to me but I love it so I'll share.

                  Honey was well known in Atlanta. Honey was either the smallest small pony you've ever seen or a slightly overgrown miniature horse--unsure. Honey knew what to do at a show, Honey was a million years old. But you could not tell Honey anything.

                  Walk trot beginner class. Honey is on the rail to the left, being her usual good self. Judge calls for a change of direction. Honey is trucking to the right. For some reason the judge wants to see the kids to the left again (why?) so he calls for a change of direction. But Honey knows the drill. Honey is going into the center to stand in the lineup. Honey isn't worried that the other ponies are still on the rail, Honey has done this a million times.

                  Honey is standing in the dead center of the ring, by herself. Kid is kicking and clucking and frantically waving her crop. But Honey has got this. Honey is waiting for everyone else to join the lineup. Kid is flailing and screaming now. Honey thinks this is a bad look. So Honey carefully gets down on all fours, sitting like a duck on a pond, right in the middle of the ring. Kid is still on. Now kid is all but having a seizure trying to get Honey up. Judge only now notices Honey and calls for a lineup. Everyone else joins. Honey remains seated. The class is pinned with Honey seated the entire time. Ponies begin to leave. Honey gets up and walks out.

                  Honey knows what to do.
                  "The Son Dee Times" "Sustained" "Somerset" "Franklin Square"



                    Rampage had a bag full of tricks to unload me. One of them was a dirty stop. We would be forward to the jump, have the perfect distance and I swear he would just about take off and then hit the reverse thrusters.
                    So there we were at Culpeper and I asked my trainer what should I do if he tried to stop - and he said "you kick that dog damn horse over the fence." Ok, boss. So we get to the in and out in the grand prix ring and the little $%^# goes to stop. I booted him forward and he caught the rail between his front legs. He goes down on his knees/face and I'm way up his neck. Well there's the B element and there is no going over it. He ducked to the right and voila, I am on his side. My right heel on his butt and he is galloping. Rampage was an OTTB.
                    I was like crap. I was looking him in the eye, saying "whoah, Rampage, whoah". That helped a lot....not really. So we were galloping around the ring and I dug my right heel into the top of his rump and almost get back in the saddle. But Rampage took offense and started bucking, I knew I was done. I couldn't hold on any longer and needed to cut bait. I let go and got hung up in the stirrup. Luckily, it wasn't for more than a few strides.
                    It seemed like a crowd of people ran out, telling me not to move. The jump crew asked if I was ok, did I need an ambulance. I said I needed a gun. My trainer's wife asked if I needed to go to the hospital, I looked down at myself, shrugged my shoulders and say " I think I'm OK". We busted out laughing. My trainer was not amused.
                    As is our confidence, so is our capacity. ~W. Hazlitt


                      I <3 HONEY!!!

                      vxf111 Your Honey tale reminded me of an incredibly cute Small at a charity HT I used to go to.

                      Little white pony named Hercules <insert adorableness rollyeyes>.
                      On XC little boy riding gets too far into the front seat at a jump.
                      Pony stops - rightfully so.
                      Try #2 - same thing.
                      Try #3 - once again kid is too far forward, but this time Hercules stops & lowers his neck so kid slides off.

                      Says Herc: "I said Sit Up!"

                      We all tactfully ignore parent (illegally) putting kid back in the tack.
                      Try #4 - kid sits back, pony jumps.
                      Ta Da!
                      *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
                      Steppin' Out 1988-2004
                      Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
                      Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015