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  • Another spin-off: Show me your barns show aisle!

    All this talk of fancy shmancy show barns, I'm interested to see some of the set ups people have! All the way from big show barns where everything is matchy matchy with pretty drapes and set ups, to the person who shows by yourself and doesn't have a tack stall but still gets it done. Time to show off how you roll when you're at a show!

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    Wow, I wish I had a picture of my grooming set-up for 1 horse at the Garden in the early 80's. Talk about having no room for anything. No grooming or tack stall, cross ties in the stall, rigged bandage holders, and barely enough room for the trunk which had to hold EVERYTHING and get locked every night. But boy, was it fun!

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    • #3
      This is our idea of a "show setup."

      We just like to make a day of it and have our creature comforts at hand...

      This is from Warrenton when we hauled in just for a day. Unfortunately, that was prior to a friend of ours showing up with a gas powered blender with handlebars for the margaritas.
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      • #4
        You know it never dawns on me to take pictures of our set-ups and they are so beautiful. Or I take pictures and the lighting is very difficult to make them look good. Same thing for shooting inside the barn, very low light and lots of back light (from double doors at end of each aisle).
        "ronnie was the gifted one, victor was the brilliant intellect, and i [GM], well, i am the plodder."

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        • #5
          My show set-up:
          http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pi...f&id=138800916

          Even the horses are required to match! (They're both very dark brown... look black when they're not faded)

          I take only one or two horses and do everything on my own, so it's not super-ornate or elaborate, but it works for me. It's still a work in progress, but for my small scale, I think it looks very nice.

          Yes, I have burgundy buckets and burgundy lead ropes on my leather halters, and yes, the horses have matching sheets (Baker sheets and black wool dress sheet, which you can kind of see).
          If we have to nail on talent, it's not talent.
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          • #6
            Our barn isn't as elaborate as this, but here are many of the other barns:

            http://www.gohorseshow.com/article/C...Congress/32599

            and here is a video tour of one of the top barns:

            http://www.gohorseshow.com/article/C...Congress/32550

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            • #7
              Originally posted by mypaintwattie View Post
              Our barn isn't as elaborate as this, but here are many of the other barns:

              http://www.gohorseshow.com/article/C...Congress/32599

              and here is a video tour of one of the top barns:

              http://www.gohorseshow.com/article/C...Congress/32550
              They are beautiful but I don't like them at all. Its too much like being in a house, not a barn.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by BAC View Post
                They are beautiful but I don't like them at all. Its too much like being in a house, not a barn.
                Yes, but when you are at a show like World for 2 weeks or Congress for 3 weeks you really, really, want to be comfortable and feel like you're at home! The barn I was with at AQHA World last week had a nice setup, very simple yet professional. Basically drapes, matching blanket bags, tack trunks, and a covered table at the front of the stalls to display all of their World Champion trophies from the week

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Trixie View Post
                  This is our idea of a "show setup."

                  We just like to make a day of it and have our creature comforts at hand...

                  This is from Warrenton when we hauled in just for a day. Unfortunately, that was prior to a friend of ours showing up with a gas powered blender with handlebars for the margaritas.
                  Can we be friends? I'll bring the mimosas...
                  The big guy: Lincoln

                  Southern Maryland Equestrian

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Duckz View Post
                    Can we be friends? I'll bring the mimosas...
                    uh, me too!

                    i make some killer guacamole
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                    • #11
                      Oops!

                      Don't have pics of mine in e-form. That bites.

                      Leave it to Congress to go over the top. I can't even imagine the bill. How many stalls per horse do you think most of these guys end up renting?

                      And I do note the "behind closed doors" aspect of these set ups. The horses and goings on in the barns aren't visible.

                      It the frost-free hydrant in one functional or portable decoration?

                      I did think the sharps containers on the pillars was nice touch. Don't worry, we have 'em too in HunterWorld. They just don't seem to be at the part of the building that happens to be up fron and center.

                      But I'd love to spend 2 weeks there-- it does look comfortable.
                      The armchair saddler
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                        Originally posted by mypaintwattie View Post
                        Our barn isn't as elaborate as this, but here are many of the other barns:

                        http://www.gohorseshow.com/article/C...Congress/32599

                        and here is a video tour of one of the top barns:

                        http://www.gohorseshow.com/article/C...Congress/32550
                        Holy moly! Some of those look nicer than my house! I'd gladly move in for 3 weeks!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by mvp View Post
                          Oops!

                          Don't have pics of mine in e-form. That bites.

                          Leave it to Congress to go over the top. I can't even imagine the bill. How many stalls per horse do you think most of these guys end up renting?

                          And I do note the "behind closed doors" aspect of these set ups. The horses and goings on in the barns aren't visible.

                          It the frost-free hydrant in one functional or portable decoration?

                          I did think the sharps containers on the pillars was nice touch. Don't worry, we have 'em too in HunterWorld. They just don't seem to be at the part of the building that happens to be up fron and center.

                          But I'd love to spend 2 weeks there-- it does look comfortable.
                          I think the sharps containers might be provided by the venue. I know our fairgrounds have permanent sharps containers, so they're there for every show from small schooling shows to national level competitions. I've seen them at some other venues that do a lot of horse shows, makes it safer for the staff I guess.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by CosMonster View Post
                            I think the sharps containers might be provided by the venue. I know our fairgrounds have permanent sharps containers, so they're there for every show from small schooling shows to national level competitions. I've seen them at some other venues that do a lot of horse shows, makes it safer for the staff I guess.
                            I guess I'm an idiot. If we're talking about the container next to the skeleton with the light up eyes, I just took the container as another Halloween decoration.
                            Veni vidi vici. With a paint pony, nonetheless.

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                            • #15
                              Those Congress set ups are way over the top for me for temporary stabling. Hunter/Jumper folks are on the road more and don't go that extreme.

                              When I go to watch huge shows like WEF, Spruce Meadows, WIHS and the Capital Challenge, I like to wander around in the stabling areas. I take lots of photos of barn set ups just for my own pleasure. Many are posted in my Facebook albums but are not on here.

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                              • #16
                                Trixie, I loved your set up! You win the blue ribbon from me. LOL

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by pattnic View Post
                                  Congratulations on your Reserve WC!

                                  My old barn had a very elaborate setup... took days to put up. Quite pretty though.

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Melzy View Post
                                    Those Congress set ups are way over the top for me for temporary stabling. Hunter/Jumper folks are on the road more and don't go that extreme.
                                    Actually, lots of the QH trainers are on the road almost all year long chasing points. One of the top trainers will rest for about a month after World, then head to the south for a few weeks of shows, then to the west coast for a few weeks of shows, then all around the midwest. They are gone from the first of the year until World wraps up at the end of November, bouncing all over the country. So it is nice to have some of the comforts of home up on the road. It's not just the QH people, many of the Arabs, Morgans, and Saddlebreds have similar set ups. It makes for a fun show, walking around and looking at all of them!

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by Melzy View Post
                                      Those Congress set ups are way over the top for me for temporary stabling. Hunter/Jumper folks are on the road more and don't go that extreme.

                                      When I go to watch huge shows like WEF, Spruce Meadows, WIHS and the Capital Challenge, I like to wander around in the stabling areas. I take lots of photos of barn set ups just for my own pleasure. Many are posted in my Facebook albums but are not on here.
                                      Actually, a lot of the QH people haul alllll the time. Congress and the World Show are sort of capstones to the year and get an awful lot of traffic, so they're good excuses for barns and trainers to go over the top with their set up for marketing purposes.

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                                      • #20
                                        Mypaintwattie, haha how funny. I posted a very similar response before I read yours.

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