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  • Adult Showing Ponies?

    Just wondering how frowned upon it is to see someone who isn't a junior riding a pony. I'm not planning on doing any rated shows, just some small hunter/jumper shows.

    I'm wondering if I should find a horse to ride since I am 23, but it seems stupid since I have a pony that could jump like a pro. The thing is, I'm 4'11"... I sort of look awkward on a horse and I think i just fit her better.

    Any thoughts?

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    You might fit on a pony better, but can the pony get down horse lines? Most Adult or Amatuer hunter coruses are set for horses. Also, if the pony is shown in the pony hunter division you cannot ride the pony in any class at the show.
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      She might be able to if we worked on lengthening her strides, but I would be the only one riding her, no juniors in just whatever divisions i decide to ride in.

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        I say GO FOR IT! Dont feel wierd about it. I out grew im first pony ages ago. I have had him lease out for a few years now. When his lease is up and he comes home this summer I plan on showing him. Im a tad big on him. But I only plan on doing the local hunters with him. Since im also in my 20's probably going to do shooling hunters. Im lucky he has a pretty big step so lengthening is pretty simple for him to get the strides Im excited it should be fun. Keep in mind you could always do the jumpers to avoid the hunter rules. Anyways im rambling, Have fun.

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        • #5
          I'm a 5'3" adult and I still show ponies! I'm working on my daughter's 13.1 Haffy cross right now. Always check the prize list and local association rules, doesn't sound like your pony will be doing the pony hunters, so you should be fine. As far as strides go, I've done green ponies at local shows and added a step in the lines without penalty from the judges. I've also shown ponies with more scope and step than creatures twice their size

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          • #6
            Originally posted by horsegal301 View Post
            Just wondering how frowned upon it is to see someone who isn't a junior riding a pony. I'm not planning on doing any rated shows, just some small hunter/jumper shows.

            I'm wondering if I should find a horse to ride since I am 23, but it seems stupid since I have a pony that could jump like a pro. The thing is, I'm 4'11"... I sort of look awkward on a horse and I think i just fit her better.

            Any thoughts?
            There is no reason for anyone to frown on an adult riding a pony. Whether it makes sense for you to show your pony or not depends a lot more on the goals you have and how you think the pony will cope with the divisions at the shows you've targeted.

            If your local circuit is very competitive, and you want to, say, show for ribbons in the adult hunters... the answer may well depend on how long the pony's stride is, and how easily they will be able to get down the lines compared to the horses you will be up against. There are plenty of judges who won't necessarily refuse to use you if you add at the local level - but that can go out the window if the course includes an in and out that is simply too long for your pony to negotiate well. And the reality is that, all other things being equal, a rider who executes the course in the "normal" strides will typically place over one who rides the course just as nicely but with adds, so you have to decide if you are OK with that.

            If you'd rather do jumpers, none of that matters one bit and you can just ride against the course and the clock, just like all the others.
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            • #7
              I showed a large pony on some of our local unrated circuits for years (when I was still an Ammy) in the Adults. I did the adds on her, and more often than not was not penalized for it, since I was on a pony in a horse division. Very rarely I wouldn't get used, and that was just how it went.

              We now have a large pony in our barn that has tons of step, and does the horse step without any issue, and many times wins against the horses in mixed divisions.

              I think as long as you realize that you win some and you lose some - and you are doing it to have fun and be comfortable (I am also small, only 5'1"), go for it!!!!
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              • #8
                I'm a 5'2" college age adult and was Champion in both hunter divisions on a 14h pony at our last local show. Won the hacks, 1 and 2nd o/f in both divisions. Local stuff it's no big. Pony did the double adds down the lines but was consistent with a good pace, correct jump, and correct leads. Class was a mix of adults and kids, horses and ponies.

                Don't worry about it for the local stuff, have fun!

                ETA: I placed over riders on horses doing "the numbers."
                Last edited by SkipChange; Apr. 6, 2011, 04:35 PM.

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                • #9
                  Go for it and have a lot of fun!!!!!
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                  • #10
                    I was riding and showing a large pony up until about 5 years ago (in my mid 30's now). I did local hunter stuff and even some equitation, and then went on to do a bunch of eventing/horse trials.

                    I'm not tall either and the pony was awsome. Everyone at the shows always loved us.

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                    • #11
                      I have a friend in her 40's who is petite and was rocking the local hunter shows with her pony a few years ago...against the big fancy guys and winning! I think it's great, and it also looks nice when someone proportionally fits their horse.

                      We have the Santa Barbara National every year and one of the weekends is breed focused. The ponies in the green div jumper class were mostly ridden by small adults. Probably all trainers getting them used to showing and crowds. It was fun to watch them all whipping around that arena!

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                      • #12
                        I'm peeking at 30. My pony is peeking at 14.1. Honestly, I don't give a rip what ANYONE thinks!! I'm here to have fun at this point in the game, and the pones and I fit well together. It helps that I'm 5'4'' in boots and actually fit her...

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                        • #13
                          GO FOR IT!!

                          I'm a hair taller than 5'3", my pony is 14.1 and 1/2 with shoes on, and I can't wait to show him. See my profile picture for his midget cuteness. As long as you FIT the pony and they are capable of what you're asking them to do, no problems.
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                            Thanks everyone!

                            I love her and she's extremely athletic. She's Around 13.2, so she's a little small but a great little girl. She could, if I wanted to subject her to that, carry around a ton of kids in classes. She's a very "point and shoot" kind of ride.

                            Just to show her off - http://i.imgur.com/Nt6Cl.png (ignore my horrendous elbows, I've fixed that problem since last summer!)

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                            • #15
                              I have a customer that bought a very young pony prospect that at the time was stallion.. the kid is 14 so obviously we've gelded him so she can show him.. but I adore this pony and showed him some in the 2ft at schooling shows last year when he was just starting out and I joke with her all the time that I'm going to steal him and show him in the derbies. I have seen some really nice ones going around through the years that were very small horses, or maybe ponies. Especially locally, Im sure you'll do just fine. Just enjoy the pony! When they're good, they're great!
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                                Does anyone know the rules about an ammy showing a pony at a rated show? Obviously they can't do pony hunters or childrens. For some reason I thought once you age out of being a junior you cannot show ponies at any rated show (except in jumpers). Is that true?

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Rel6 View Post
                                  Does anyone know the rules about an ammy showing a pony at a rated show? Obviously they can't do pony hunters or childrens. For some reason I thought once you age out of being a junior you cannot show ponies at any rated show (except in jumpers). Is that true?
                                  Not true, except if the pony is shown in the pony hunter division at the same show.

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by hj0519 View Post
                                    Not true, except if the pony is shown in the pony hunter division at the same show.
                                    So a pony not shown in the pony hunters can be shown by an ammy in schooling hunters/low hunters/etc? Are we sure about this? Trust me, I want it to be true

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by Rel6 View Post
                                      So a pony not shown in the pony hunters can be shown by an ammy in schooling hunters/low hunters/etc? Are we sure about this? Trust me, I want it to be true
                                      Yes. Ammies can do anything that is not junior-specific (and that doesn't state that no ponies are allowed). Pros can't show the pony at all.
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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by supershorty628 View Post
                                        Yes. Ammies can do anything that is not junior-specific (and that doesn't state that no ponies are allowed). Pros can't show the pony at all.
                                        Yes they can. They can do any class defined as "open to all horses and Ponies and all riders". Low. Special. Schooling and whatever else they come up with to call them. Few do but it is not forbidden.
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