In-Gate Insight A Blog Series dedicated to Equestrian Excellence
We had an outstanding response to our blog entry by Kim Queener, detailing what she looks for in the Equitation & Medal classes from a judge’s perspective. As a follow up, Kim has kindly provided a list of her favorite sites for equestrian information, education and live streaming from shows. Take a look at these sites, and “Like” their Facebook pages to get access to additional information!
Some other sites that I like include:
- United States Equestrian Federation (USEF.org)
- The Network for Horse Sports (HRTV.com)
- The Chronicle of the Horse (ChronofHorse.com)
These four sites show many live-streaming events – Hunter Derbies and Grand Prix; Jumping and Dressage events. Some of the sites even archive these events for later viewing. “Liking” their Facebook pages provides more information.
One such event that I highly recommend watching is the “George H. Morris Horsemanship Training Session presented by USHJA”, archived on USEF.org. Here is the link: https://www.usef.org/_IFrames/Searches/SiteSearch.aspx?q=george+morris+horsemastership+series
I also recommend the website JudgeMyRide.net, and its accompanying Facebook page.
These links are fun and educational. I really like the ones that include narrative by the professionals. The Hunter Derbies have panels of judges placed in different locations around the ring, and the scores are announced. Very informative!
In-Gate Insight A Blog Series Dedicated to Equestrian Excellence
The following article is the first in a series focused on providing equestrians with information to help them succeed in the show ring. Our first entry has been submitted by Kim Queener. Kim has been judging unrated shows in Texas since 1988, and her experience is greatly valued in the Hunter / Equitation / Jumper disciplines. She is respected for her commitment to extraordinary judging and for her willingness to reach out to young equestrians and educate them about show ring etiquette and excellence. Thank you, Kim, for contributing to Austin Equestrian!
“What I Look for in the Equitation / Medal Classes”
· A neat appearancefor both horse and rider. People do not need to spend a small fortune to "look the part"! Hairnets, boot polish, and well-fitting tack/clothing go a long way!
· Place yourself in the ring with safety and being "seen" in mind.
· Heels down, eyes up, supple arms and ride leg to hand!
· Walk with purpose and think straight and forward to help make your next transition(s) easier.
· Correct diagonals and leads, obviously, very important.
· Keep both hands ON the reins until you have exited the arena unless you have to make a helmet adjustment or have a fall.
· I am all for petting your mount for a job/round well done, but NOT in an equitation ring. Great to see in the Hunters though!
· In the line-up, at the end, you are still being judged...Do NOT talk to your friends or drop the reins. There will be plenty of time for that outside of the ring!
· Practice the "tests" allowed (and listed on the USEF site), for your level.
· We have so much information at our fingertips via the computer and mobile devices. Utilize these. Watch the various equitation classes/Finals online. There are many sites like "Ask the horseshow judge".
· By all means HAVE FUN and appreciate your equine partner.
· It takes a village...Show all those involved appreciation as well!