The pictures are courtesy of Melissa Sage and they are not here to illustrate any of Teresa's points. I simply chose pictures of my friend's models or set-ups that I thought looked particularly interesting. So, don't be offended if you see your horse in a "how to lose" posting, OK?
The last photo shows Melissa's Stone Arabian, Darkh Knight, winning the huge OF Arabian Costume class with a costume made by Melissa herself. The costume is beautiful, well fitted and well documented--that's how you win a class at NAN!
That's it for me--the rest of the posting is all Teresa!
Now, these comments are based on what I saw at NAN this year and they are mainly geared towards performance showers. However, that doesn't mean that there aren't a few things that halter showers can take with them....
So, without ado...
How to lose a class at NAN!
Every show has their rules. NAN has rules regarding setups and props and what not. They aren't there to be ignored and if you do, there's a good chance you WILL be DQ'd or pinned lower for not following them.Research, research AND MORE RESEARCH
Ya know, I saw something I hoped to never see at NAN... incorrectly created tack. I mean, crooked pieces and things not going where they needed to be and it wasn't just ME who saw these things. And you and I both know that the entrant spent good money on these things. Before you spend money, be it on tack or a model, KNOW what you need to know to make a knowledgeable decision regarding purchases. You'll be much, MUCH happier.
And do research your class. Know what is good and bad to see in your class. Showmanship is all about the DOLL showing the horse. So, the doll really should be neat and presentable and the horse should be close to square (if not square) with a well fitting halter. And if you are setting up your horse for inspection, the doll is just not standing there, holding the lead in a messy manner. I know there are showmanship videos up on the web - WATCH THEM before you set up your entry.
The judge wants to place everyone - don't give them a reason to NOT place you.It's Jennifer again, just chiming in to thank both Teresa and Melissa for their contributions to today's posting!