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Ashley Meadows Shows what are they like?UPDATE we went today

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    Ashley Meadows Shows what are they like?UPDATE we went today

    Taking a student in a few weeks, for the HBO childs medal class, what is the show like, footing, fast or slow paced show, good turnout, anything greatly appreciated...
    Last edited by zedcadjna; Apr. 9, 2006, 06:07 PM.
    Let the horse go, get out of its way, it knows what to do...Stop pulling and keep kicking!!!!!!

    #2
    We went at the beginning of March, Very nice place, indoor was good footing and nice jumps. Good turnout, good food. They let you school before each division, the outside ring was fine to hack in.
    L. Bradley
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      #3
      Perhaps it has changed as I stopped showing there about 9 years ago, but among other problems, we used to have to bring money to pay for toilet paper. This is no joke!
      http://community.webshots.com/user/william7628

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        #4
        they are great about making sure schoolings are safe, offer many which means the show can go very long!! Warning is- do not attempt to scratch you horse from any class once you get there. I had fight with them when my horse ended up with a bleeding quarter crack after schooling. They couldn't understand why I didn't want to show until I made them come over and see the blood coming out of the coronet band. I was a little mad, but she made up for it at another show where I got bucked off big time- and she refunded my entry fee for teh other 2 classes ( different trainer , who she liked better than the first)

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          #5
          Originally posted by clearound
          Perhaps it has changed as I stopped showing there about 9 years ago, but among other problems, we used to have to bring money to pay for toilet paper. This is no joke!

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          OMG I have never heard of such a thing....
          Let the horse go, get out of its way, it knows what to do...Stop pulling and keep kicking!!!!!!

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            #6
            Originally posted by clearound
            Perhaps it has changed as I stopped showing there about 9 years ago, but among other problems, we used to have to bring money to pay for toilet paper. This is no joke!

            UH, I never had to pay for toilet paper there before
            L. Bradley
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              #7
              Originally posted by clearound
              Perhaps it has changed as I stopped showing there about 9 years ago, but among other problems, we used to have to bring money to pay for toilet paper. This is no joke!

              I second that. I remember having to pay $1 to use the restroom. I also had to pay extra and give back all prize money in order to split a division.... even if there were 7 sm jrs and 8 lg jrs.

              I stopped going there and I won't be going back, but last I was there, there was no schooling outside when the ground was frozen. There was a 10 minute schooling session (for a fee, of course) before each division and then when it was time to go in the ring, you got one "free" jump before beginning your course.

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                #8
                I have shown at Ashley Meadows a number of times but haven't been there in a couple years. The show grounds are pretty small and therefore not much room to lunge if you have to. The indoor had pretty nice footing but was on the small side esp. when the jumpers were indoor. Its an okay show.
                scr.ew them hunters

                ~barka.lounger

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                  #9
                  Ashley Meadows is ok. The indoor is narrow. Footing is decent. Sometimes a huge turnout, oftentimes not. The show always Drags on and on...Very slowly. I have shown there at 1:00 am. The management/owner can be a bit bizarre (like having to pay for the bathrooms) and can sometimes be a bit rude. I always choose not to go there if there is another show I can go to. If not then sometimes I just pass. If chasing points you kind of have to go....she's got you. There are always so many 2'6" classes with like 4-5 people in them. I think (personally) that (2'6"classes) and the incessant schooling breaks are what hold the show up.

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                    #10
                    I have not shown there in over 6 years. Talk about lousy customer service, and you do get nickel and dimed for everything... not just the tiolet paper. This is why I would like to see the mileage rule abolished.
                    Best of luck, but don't set your expectations too high.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Silver Bells
                      I have not shown there in over 6 years. Talk about lousy customer service, and you do get nickel and dimed for everything... not just the tiolet paper. This is why I would like to see the mileage rule abolished.
                      Best of luck, but don't set your expectations too high.
                      agreed. and although i love the classics at devon and the horse and pony show at devon, its still controlled by them and its just 239urihjsgjjwhkgjothgwbdjnjf with time management and whatnot and the whole nickle and dime nonsense
                      Marnie
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                        #12
                        Well we are kind of chasing points only going for the marshall & Sterling HBO childs medal class... If there is another show that weekend we might choose that after reading this, if not we really dont have a choice its only one class..

                        Do they let the medal riders school over the jumps before the class,some places wont let jumpers which is common, or eq riders school....
                        Let the horse go, get out of its way, it knows what to do...Stop pulling and keep kicking!!!!!!

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                          #13
                          Horrible horse show, horrible money grubbing managment. No horsemen in that organization!

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by WWCountry
                            Horrible horse show, horrible money grubbing managment. No horsemen in that organization!
                            i have heard this several, several times; therefore, have never shown there. i guess i'm not missing out on anything.
                            -Caroline

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                              #15
                              And what makes you believe without the mileage rule

                              it would be better? No motivation for investment in better equipment and facilities! There could be 5 shows every weekend in New Jersey and Pennsylvania all A-Rated. You would need so many many points to qualify for anything you'd have to do shows every day to keep up. The grassroots level would become extinct. There would be no unrecognized shows to enjoy. There be no more C/B Circuit if that's what you really want be careful what you wish for you just may get it next year.

                              People chasing divisions whipping off to two shows a day. Shows surviving; only the people with big bucks so what makes you think Ashley Meadows wouldn't survive the battle. Prices going up because expenses go up. And cheaper points what a success story that would be.

                              Why not go after the Increment system which already makes it possible for the rich to survive and win. That's where the inequality exists.
                              http://www.usAHSA.org and http://www.noreinstatement.org

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                                #16
                                SNOWBIRD - I am not going to turn this topic into a discussion about the mileage rule, but until DS has competition from another AA show within the same vicinity, those shows will never improve. They have no incentive to change because they are a captive audience - no competition due to the mileage rule.

                                Why should my business, and for that matter, almost every other industry in this country be based upon the free enterprise concept, yet horse shows are immune to this concept. Only when horse show managers are forced to offer competent judges, good footing, reasonable entry fees, etc., etc., etc., will shows like Ashley Meadows change.
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                                  #17
                                  I agree with Clearround

                                  With the elimination (or at least a reform) of the milage rule, other shows would have a chance to get off the ground. Snowbird, any new shows would require approval in order to get started and I find it highly unlikely that the USEF would give date approval to the situation you outline. Additionally, most people who show cannot afford the money or the time to attend 6 shows a week.

                                  There have always been point chasers. No system will prevent that.

                                  As far as attending Ashley Meadows, if you read the prizelist carefully, everything is explained (every fee for schooling, including the need for exact change, TP, splitting a division etc.) Sometimes the print is really tiny so you must read very carefully!!

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                                    #18
                                    My barn won't even think about going there anymore ...

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                                      #19
                                      Yeah, it's annoying...but for me it makes up for it because it's so close. For one or two classes, you can survive the eccentricity.

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                                        #20
                                        They also don't pay prize money. Many riders a couple of years ago had to take the management to the USEF for not paying prize money. They won, but it was a big stink. We avoid that show unless it is absolutely necessary.

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