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  • Saratoga

    Just curious, Any-one not going to Saratoga that usually go?

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    I'm only going the second week as opposed to both, but that's a schedule conflict on my part. Kind of an odd question...why do you ask?
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    • #3
      St. Clements is not what it used to be. Sadly, it has turned into a dumpy show filled with locals who are entertaining if nothing else.

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        Originally posted by Scruffy View Post
        St. Clements is not what it used to be. Sadly, it has turned into a dumpy show filled with locals who are entertaining if nothing else.
        That's so sad. I used to go to that show every spring during my junior years and I still consider it my favorite. However, I have not done it in many years.
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          Originally posted by Scruffy View Post
          St. Clements is not what it used to be. Sadly, it has turned into a dumpy show filled with locals who are entertaining if nothing else.
          What about Ox Ridge? That show has gone downhill a LOT.
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          • #6
            Did you start this thread just to bash the show and the locals?
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              JEEEZ-lighten up. I started the thread to see if it is as popular as it once was, have heard alot of folks saying they aren't going this year thats all-relax

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              • #8
                I think Saratoga is very popular. The feedback I've heard is how much everyone loves it. I'll be there with my horses.
                Last edited by Lexus; Apr. 29, 2010, 09:28 AM. Reason: added additional comment

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                • #9
                  Agreed with Lexus. If Saratoga were so bad, I highly doubt barns like North Run would continue going .
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                  • #10
                    Well, as one of the 'locals' I'll be sure to thanks Missy Clark, et al for continuing to 'slum' with us. Lol!
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                    • #11
                      I bet its easy points for those barns.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by supershorty628 View Post
                        What about Ox Ridge? That show has gone downhill a LOT.
                        I think they are trying to upgrade Ox Ridge -they've hired a new show manager this year. Unfortunately, the show manager can't help the weather, which IMO has been one of the biggest problems the last few years.

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                          We go to Saratoga for the two weeks in June and I love it! There are still certainly enough people going seeing as how last year at least there were close to 50 in the younger adults

                          Let me tell you, at least in the adults, it CERTAINLY is not easy points with the number of horses, plus the fact that all of them are really good! And as far as other divisions go, I don't agree with easy points either. Louise Serio (at least last year) went to the June weeks as well as some other BNTs, so in my experience, the competition is very stiff! But I love the horse show, even though the entries in my ring are always massive, they really try to keep everything running, and the place is beautiful with all of the woods around it.
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                            There is a HUGE difference between the May shows (St. Clement's) and the June shows (Skidmore Classic). Completely different management, committees, sponsors, fees, course designers, classes, prize money, competitors, even the jumps are different.

                            It's like comparing apples to oranges.
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                              Originally posted by ponymom64 View Post
                              I think they are trying to upgrade Ox Ridge -they've hired a new show manager this year. Unfortunately, the show manager can't help the weather, which IMO has been one of the biggest problems the last few years.
                              Agreed! Definitely had to get pulled out by a tractor last year lol. Hoping the weather will be better for Ox Ridge and Fairfield this year!
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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by huntereq7 View Post
                                Agreed! Definitely had to get pulled out by a tractor last year lol. Hoping the weather will be better for Ox Ridge and Fairfield this year!
                                Lots of peeps had to get pulled out by the tractor!! That Brookledge van was at Ox Ridge for WEEKS!! I'm hoping the weather is better - maybe it being a week later will help *fingers crossed*

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                                  I remember seeing the Brookledge van stuck! I have a gray horse now so for grooming's sake I hope it doesn't rain!
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                                    Originally posted by ponymom64 View Post
                                    I think they are trying to upgrade Ox Ridge -they've hired a new show manager this year. Unfortunately, the show manager can't help the weather, which IMO has been one of the biggest problems the last few years.
                                    Originally posted by huntereq7 View Post
                                    Agreed! Definitely had to get pulled out by a tractor last year lol. Hoping the weather will be better for Ox Ridge and Fairfield this year!
                                    I had to get pulled out with the tractor last year too, LOL. But I still really like that show, maybe because I got my favorite pictures of the year there?

                                    The other thing I remember from that show was the judge working us in one of the adult eq flat sections as the heavens opened up. As I rode by shaking the water off the brim of my helmet, he laughed and said, "You all are really old enough to know better!"

                                    Hope the weather is nicer this year!
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                                      Originally posted by Scruffy View Post
                                      St. Clements is not what it used to be. Sadly, it has turned into a dumpy show filled with locals who are entertaining if nothing else.
                                      Oh, yes, those upstaters are a riot. Muffy and I soooo enjoy watching them fall off their cheap American horses. Some of them don't even have GPAs, can you believe it?
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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Fiction View Post
                                        There is a HUGE difference between the May shows (St. Clement's) and the June shows (Skidmore Classic). Completely different management, committees, sponsors, fees, course designers, classes, prize money, competitors, even the jumps are different.

                                        It's like comparing apples to oranges.
                                        I apologize..I don't know much about the St. Clement's ones and I assumed that they were similar to the ones in June. My bad!
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