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What annoys you at shows?

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  • What annoys you at shows?

    I'm being curious so...what annoys you at shows? Can be riding related, horse related, people related, anything!


    1. I hate it when people display their ribbons on there belt all day to show off how good they did. I mean seriosly, put them on the banner or your horses stall!

    2. I hate it when people say "I should of won th class, the winner sucked." and you were the winner and they say it right in front of you.

    3. I hate it when people cut you off on a flat class.

    4. I hate people who cut you off and ignore you when you say "Outside" or "Inside" in the schooling ring. (I had a grand prix rider who was riding without a helment trotting and cantering around while talking on his cell phone cut me off, i was pissed.)

    5. I hate rings that are so small that you have like a stride before the turn to get your lead chane.

    6. I hate it when I'm haveing a bad day and everybody says "It's okay your riding great" when im not, to try to cheer me up.

    7. Kids with push button ponies that go into the ring, ride terribly, but there ponies automatic lead changes and consistant stride wins the class. i mean wouldn't you rather win knowing you deserved it and had to ride for it instead of your pony winning it by being easy!

    So whats yours?

  • #2
    The crazy warm up rings, drive me nuts.
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    • #3
      When my horse shakes his head just as I'm at the end of the braid!
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      • #4
        While I understand trainer conflicts, I hate when rings are held up for a trainer, a few minutes even 10 -20 is okay, but when rings are held for 45 minutes for the same barn over and over! Once in a while I can deal with, but show after show, year after year, tells me that the big name barn needs to hire more people!! Or go first so no conflicts!


        • #5
          Rather than preface it with "I hate...", I'll just say that I LOVE hard start times. I also love PA systems that allow the ringmaster(s) to tell the barns what is going on.

          At HITS this past week, there was a ton of rain one day and a lot of people scratched, but there was no announcement back at the barns about when my class would be starting. I got down there at the time that the ringmaster had told me and had not only missed my course walk, but was on deck because 12 people before me had scratched. The next day, I made sure to be early because the footing was still bad, but ended up having my horse down there 40 minutes early (and anyone who knows HITS Saugerties and where the silver stabling is knows that 40 minutes isn't really enough time to go back to the barn) because the other class was running late and there was no announcement. Not good.
          Last edited by supershorty628; Aug. 3, 2009, 08:23 AM.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Hunter/JumperMom View Post
            While I understand trainer conflicts, I hate when rings are held up for a trainer, a few minutes even 10 -20 is okay, but when rings are held for 45 minutes for the same barn over and over! Once in a while I can deal with, but show after show, year after year, tells me that the big name barn needs to hire more people!! Or go first so no conflicts!

            I showed yesterday.. at a big, pretty competitive schooling show. Schooling closed, judge got on the judge's stand, getting ready for first trip of the division. Trainer shows up late with her students, and the ring stewardess allows her in with her students to school. NEVERMIND that the division was ALREADY starting over 30 minutes late!

            GIVE ME A BREAK!!! Had it been me, the ring wouldn't have been held, and I would've had to deal with it.


            • #7
              Originally posted by Hunter/JumperMom View Post
              While I understand trainer conflicts, I hate when rings are held up for a trainer, a few minutes even 10 -20 is okay, but when rings are held for 45 minutes for the same barn over and over!
              Bad ring steward and judge. There's no reason to wait for the start of any class. If you're ready, you're ready. If you're late...too bad. Some stables are notorious for their trainers keeping everyone waiting...WBTA (Washington Bridle Trails Assoc) shows are horrid for prima-donna trainers keeping people waiting and the show heirarchy are pathetic in keeping things moving.

              I hate dogs at horse shows...I don't ride at their dog show, they don't need to be at my horse show.

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              • #8
                1. People who use you as a speed bump to stop their run-away, out of control horse.

                2. Bad footing.

                3. When plenty of people are standing near the in gate obviously ready to go but no one will. Going first isn't always that hard. (and yes, I do often go first myself)

                4. When it takes f-o-r-e-v-e-r to do a course change.

                5. People who go over the course loudly and say it WRONG.


                • #9
                  Thankfully this doesn't happen at our A shows but it happens continually on our B circuit:

                  The back to back order of go is not posted for the next division until it's practically starting. Show management often expects EVERYONE to be ready (like we were 20 years ago when back to backs didn't exist & there were 6 of us) at the beginning of the division which is ludicrous for back to backs with even 15 horses in the division. If you're in the last group, you're looking at about 12 horses to do 4 trips which is roughly an hour & a half.

                  Which consequently, makes it hard to plan if you have students showing in multiple rings.
                  \"Don\'t go throwing effort after foolishness\" >>>Spur, Man From Snowy River


                  • #10
                    When the ring is held up, like someone else said. I've waiting upwards of 45min to an hour many of times. What I can't understand is if there are others in the class ready to go why can't they just go????? This is why I love dressage. If your not there at your ride time then oh well you miss it and your SOL.
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                    • #11
                      Snobby or catty kids! I took my horse up to Dorset last Tuesday for my trainer to school. My daughter was standing next to the bleacher watching the schooling and there was 2 teens sitting there. One teen says to the other "OMG - did you see the girl in the purple shirt? She did six in a seven stride!!!" Other teen replies "OMG - that's like almost illegal".

                      My daughter walked away laughing.


                      • #12
                        What bugs me?

                        Checking out in the show office, not the people or even the wait, just writing the check!!!


                        • #13
                          1. VPL
                          2. Trainers yelling at their clients
                          3. Stage-mothers
                          4. Hurry up and wait.....and wait.....and wait....HJ shows in the US are very inefficient.


                          • #14
                            Welcome to the Hunter-Jumper world...


                            • #15
                              We did a really small schooling show yesterday in the pouring rain, and they were nice enough to hold several classes for us because we made up half of the show. It normally has way more people, but because of the rain, most folks stayed home. (Couldn't really blame them!) Our tardiness was partially due to us getting the show's start time wrong, most early divisions were cancelled, and also the fact that my friend was in an accident with her trailer the other day, so we had to scramble to find extra trailers to use. My trailer ride got to the barn late and I literally got to the show right before my division. No warm up, no nothing. I hate getting to a show late and not getting proper warm-up.

                              I don't mind riding in the rain, but I'm really not a fan of riding in sloppy footing. Neither is my horse, which was compounded by the fact that she's in season and my normally forward mover turns into a complete deadhead.

                              I don't care for it when the judge and ring announcer carry on a conversation or commentary over the loudspeaker while the classes are going.

                              I don't like it much when, just because it's a schooling show, there isn't someone to run out and fix jumps, which causes you to miss your last jump since no one came out and fixed the first jump that you knocked over.

                              I'm not a huge fan of parents who park their strollers right next to the arena causing several horses to spook (granted, the horse DOES need to get over it already, meaning MY horse needs to get over it. ). Their kid is competing against you in the class, beats you, and then they come up and ask you, "Oh, we didn't cause you to mess up too badly, did we?" Yeah, you probably did, but whatever. Yes, it's my fault for riding like crap and my steddy eddy horse for kind of being a nerd, but please...when your kid rides horses/ponies that could probably go in and do the classes by themselves without a rider (ie. former state champions, etc.) , and your kid has a tendency to ride up on my butt even though the ring is huge, I'm a little sensitive. Although your apology is probably well-meaning, I'd just rather not hear it at the moment.
                              Last edited by see u at x; Aug. 3, 2009, 10:27 AM.
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                              • #16
                                Here's what I don't like:

                                1. Nutsy schooling in the warm up time period -- what happened to always passing left shoulder to left shoulder, calling jumps and just generally watching out for other people?

                                2. Waiting and waiting and waiting for trainers from other ring or for people to get their acts together -- there is NO REASON for this -- never used to be that way -

                                3. People who walk out of the ring after the hack and STAND at the in gate -- MOVE OUT OF THE WAY so people can get out of the ring

                                4. Same token - people who stand AT the ingate on horse when they aren't going, aren't on deck - heck half the time they aren't even in the class -- just hanging at the gate -- MOVE

                                5. No schooling area - this has happened a couple times to us at local shows lately-- no jump to pop over just before you go into the ring, no place to warm up before class -- we use the local shows to introduce greenies to the show environment and they really need a little hop over a x-rail or something before they go into ring

                                6. And can I just mention the waiting again? Its really getting unreal at some shows - local schooling show - we were riding in the dark because people were just slow about getting tacked up and on and up to the ring - nobody seemed bothered by it -- drove me nuts


                                • #17
                                  I don't even know where to start, and although I name off all of these things I am sure that there are things I do that annoy people

                                  1. Coaches who think that when their student is going around the show ring it is ok to coach them as if it were a lesson

                                  2. When the show decides to stick all three pony sizes in one warm up ring (kind of hard when you have 30 + larges, 20+ mediums etc)

                                  3. People (especially kids/teens) who watch rounds and basically pick it apart and comment on everything negative about the round, the rider, and the horse/pony

                                  I have tons more but those are just a few


                                  • #18
                                    If you survive the schooling putting up with the trainers that scream at the top of their lungs to get the point across. I think it is disrespectful to the student but to everyone else there.

                                    Parking at a schooling show when you have left enough room for horses and someone pulls up right beside not leaving any room. This happened yesterday to me and their horse tried to kick my horse. The trainer told me that her horse didn't like my horse. UGHH...

                                    This irritates me more than anything when folks are talking that they should have won the class because they were better. We all have our opinions but so does the judge. You win some and lose some that is part of showing. We have all been there.


                                    • #19
                                      Individuals that decide to give a short stirrup kid a lesson over cross poles in the middle of the warm-up ring when the warm-up ring is filled with people that are actually trying to warm up for their class!


                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Canadapony View Post

                                        3. People (especially kids/teens) who watch rounds and basically pick it apart and comment on everything negative about the round, the rider, and the horse/pony

                                        Especially when you see them ride later in the day and they by no means did any better than the person that they were commenting on. We all have opinions, and for the sake of being polite we keep many of them to ourselves.