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Behind the Scenes at Syracuse Show- UPDATE- Added More Videos in Post #20

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  • Behind the Scenes at Syracuse Show- UPDATE- Added More Videos in Post #20

    Somebody on one of the Syracuse threads asked about the schooling area and surroundings at the show, so today I took a little video and put it on Youtube.

    I started out in the schooling area, did a 360 to show where the vendors and stalls are, then walked outside and down the sidewalk to the show ring. This is the first year they've put stalls right by the schooling area, other than for the Budweiser Clydesdales.
    Note that there are two jumbotrons in the schooling area so you can see what's happening in the show ring, as well as a screen that shows where you are in the order. They also put down rubber mats the whole way to the ring, and you walk right by Hadfields Saddlery, in case you forgot anything!

    After I crossed the street, I pointed the camera down the ramp towards the entrance to the other stalls that are underground, then went in towards the show ring.

    Sorry if anybody gets car sick- I didn't have a Steadicam on hand. I'm sure Steven Spielberg would have done a better job, but I didn't see him at the show today.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ew9olFJW8kU
    Last edited by MHM; Nov. 8, 2010, 07:45 AM.

  • #2
    I love that you did this, I was thinking about doing something similar when we are there on Sunday.

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    • #3
      Thank you...great job.

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      • #4
        Thanks! That was really neat to see.

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          #5
          You're welcome!

          I thought it might make it easier for people to get a feel for the logistics, since it's a pretty unusual setting for a horse show.

          Once again, I have to tip my hat to the people who organize the Syracuse show. They've done an incredible job to make the whole set up so functional!
          Last edited by MHM; Nov. 6, 2010, 04:38 AM.

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          • #6
            Thanks for doing this! Very cool to see.

            It may be an unusual setup, but let's face it, hands DOWN it beats the old MSG! I especially loff the big screens in the warmup area so you can see what's going on in the main arena.

            Cool setup.
            "The standard you walk by is the standard you accept."--Lt. Gen. David Morrison, Austalian Army Chief

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            • #7
              I was there yesterday and will be for the rest of the weekend.

              I was very surprised by the lack of vendors this year, compared to other years.

              Other than that, the hunter classic was great!

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              • #8
                That cool.... I always think about this show setting being so strange... but it works for them... thanks for sharing.
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                • #9
                  Thank you so much!

                  And I especially love how you thanked the cop directing traffic.
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                  • #10
                    Thanks for sharing! That was so cool to see

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                    • #11
                      Thanks for posting this! Very cool to see. I went to watch the Autumn in NY show there in maybe 2002 or so, but this set-up is obviously much different, so it's neat to see. Also, as a former upstate NY-er turned back to wimpy So Cal-er, I felt cold just watching that

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                        Originally posted by ParisHillEC View Post
                        I was very surprised by the lack of vendors this year, compared to other years.
                        There were a few more vendors set up downstairs near the horse show office, but not a ton.

                        I'm not sure if it's a result of the economy, or the space limitations this year with the stalls around the schooling ring. Maybe a combination of both factors.

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                          Originally posted by forward ride View Post
                          Thanks for posting this! Very cool to see. I went to watch the Autumn in NY show there in maybe 2002 or so, but this set-up is obviously much different, so it's neat to see. Also, as a former upstate NY-er turned back to wimpy So Cal-er, I felt cold just watching that
                          Autumn in NY is held at the NY State Fairgrounds, which is a completely different venue, with a facility designed for horse shows. When I heard they were going to have this show in downtown Syracuse, I almost couldn't believe it, but they've really made it work.

                          On a side note, the Fairgrounds is being used as a staging area for this show, so you can get stalls there for the week, ride and school in that big ring at the Fairgrounds all you want, then move into the downtown location the day before your classes start.

                          They've also been smart about coming up with improvements for the show over the years, like the jumbotrons in the schooling ring, the mats down the sidewalk, and the little tent area outside the ingate.

                          And yes, it's been pretty damp and chilly. I remember the first year they had this show, there was a freak hot spell, and it was about 70 degrees all week. All the out-of-towners were probably sad for their return visit the next year when the weather was normal for Syracuse in November.
                          Last edited by MHM; Nov. 6, 2010, 04:45 AM.

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                          • #14
                            Thanks so much for posting this! This is just what I was wondering about. I was trying to picture it in my mind. Watching the competition is great, but it's also cool to see the backdrop.

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                            • #15
                              Thank you for putting this up!!! It quenched some of my curiosity!

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                              • #16
                                Thanks, that was great fun to see

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                                • #17
                                  I saw some familar faces! Brings back memories of horse showing!

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                                    #18
                                    Originally posted by JFJ View Post
                                    I saw some familar faces! Brings back memories of horse showing!
                                    I actually tried to show just scenery, not people (in case, you know, they didn't really want to be video stars ), but a few faces slipped in.

                                    I took more videos today, so once I get them on Youtube, I'll post them.

                                    Now that I've figured out how to get the videos online, I'll probably become one of those people who makes endless dog documentaries starring my pets.

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                                    • #19
                                      I worked as an intern for this show the last two years doing a lot of the signs for events/clinics/demos and let me say -- they put a LOT of work into making this set up run smoothly. I tip my hat to all the Caz students who SLAVE all semester long to make this work PERFECTLY so they don't get lashings at the end of each day. =)

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                                        I put two more videos on Youtube.

                                        This is just a quick one showing where some of the stalls are in relation to the schooling area. They're in a short L shape on two sides of the schooling ring, with the ends fenced off. The rest of the stalls were underground in the other building, down a ramp beneath the show ring.

                                        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dnlb0xqHvo

                                        The next video is pretty much the same route I took the first day, but in reverse, going from the show ring to the stalls, with a couple of additional things included:

                                        There's a monitor in the tent right by the ingate, so you can watch the action in the show ring while you're waiting outside.

                                        The horse ambulance was parked right outside in front of Hadfields, where I think it sat without moving all week- yay!

                                        Just past Hadfields, they set up an area inside the building with a wash rack and farrier station under cover. I really hope the water was warm.

                                        I also walked across the schooling area to show where the entrance was to those stalls. I did choose to do it at a fairly quiet time so I wouldn't get run over!

                                        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLDK8sGO9GY

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