Last weekend my friend, Erin Corbett, attended the Rose City Live show in Portland, Oregon with one goal in mind--to qualify each and every one of her performance horses for next year's NAN. To that end, she brought all her best tack, props and documentation. She meant to bring her best dolls, too, but somehow they got left at home.No matter. Erin is an extremely capable and experienced performance shower. After the initial panic subsided, she went ahead and showed her horses as she'd planned just sans dolls.
Because she is capable and experienced, she did just fine. All her horses qualified for NAN, and she proved that--at least on this one occasion--you do not need dolls to succeed in the performance ring.
I am often asked if dolls are mandatory for performance. The short answer, of course, is no. Rider dolls have never been required, at least not on this side of the Atlantic.
That said, a good riderless entry...
will never look as complete or polished as a good entry...
|Cutting entry by Lu Heater|
|Cutting doll by Lu Heater|
P.S. Erin's website is a work in progress. Please check back later to see all the pretty saddles.