Saturday, June 19, 2010

The great escape

I didn't actually stay home and listen to the roofers work yesterday. It was much too loud so I did what any sensible person would do--I dropped my kids off at a friend's house and went to a horse show!

Anyone who likes variety will be happy at a Quarter Horse show. In the space of just a few hours, I was able to watch horses compete in Hunter Under Saddle,Huntseat Equitation,
Hunter Over Fences,
Western Leadline,
and about a million...
Western pleasure classes!
So in addition to all the eventing photos, I now have lots of good pictures for these events as well. Prepare yourself for a lot of good performance related posts in the weeks ahead!


  1. Great pics! Did you happen to see any showmanship?

  2. Great! Looking forward to the pics :D

  3. No, sorry. The classes I listed are the only ones I saw. Perhaps I can make it up to you by saying that I took a lot of pictures of the Western Pleasure riders in their sparkly outfits. Eventually there will be a post with those (probably an Almost Wordless Wednesday since I don't think I'd be up to narrating the pictures in any meaningful way).

  4. Oh no, I see peanut rollers! I was hopeful they had done away with that, as the association claims.

  5. The peanut roller look is alive and well. There were a few horses that went with their heads level to their withers, but usually they were *not* the ones who were winning.

    And it's not just a Western Pleasure thing. The Hunter Under Saddle horses were just as low (sometimes lower). What was very interesting was watching a few horses move from the Hunter Under Saddle ring to the Hunter Over Fences classes. They *all* came up to level immediately. You just can't go that low (and slow!) when you're cantering up to a jump.

    I will say that most of the horses in both the Western Pleasure and Hunter Under Saddle classes jogged or trotted well. The lope/canter was a different story. Painfully low and slow, four beats, and terribly crooked when viewed from the front. ugh. What surprised me most is that you can't always tell what gait they're in when you look at the pictures. I took a lot of loping shots that you would swear are jogging shots if you didn't know better. I totally see why people call it "troping" now.

    If anyone is interested, I can make a whole post on this.

  6. It was always my observation that "Hunter under saddle" was really the "Hey, I can borrow an English saddle from someone, give me another ribbon" class.

    Sorry, peanut rollers bring out my snark. It is nice to see them go over fences, since that requires function as well as form.

    Looking forward to tack and tacky pictures next Weds!

  7. Ok, so that western leadline, you have the fancy showmanship halter AND a western bridle over it? Just thinking of "other western" classes for models, hehehe :) Thanks for the pics.

  8. Good grief, that second photo: I simply can't believe *THAT* is a Quarter Horse!! He doesn't even look like the 98% TB Hunter QHs I usually see (not that I go to their shows anymore, I quit a while ago). He's HUGE and he looks like a Warmblood! Criminey... If you showed that animal to a cowboy, or a QH person from 1950, he'd fall over in a heap. I'm floored.

    Also, interesting to hear the Hunters came up level when it was time to jump. I never did catch an Over-Fences class and have wondered about that.

  9. I think they *had* to come up level to survive. Literally, I'm pretty sure horses can't see the jump in front of them with their heads that low!

    If I remember correctly the Over Fences classes were not technically part of the Quarter Horse show. They were open to all horses, although they were judged by the QH judges and most of the horses were QH's.