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!
It’s a new show season, and that always brings a lot of questions from parents and riders about what to expect at the horse show. Some of these include how are the shows run? What do they cost? What to bring, etc? It can be an especially stressful time for riders who are new to showing.
To help in answering these questions and concerns, two experienced equestrians from the Central Texas Hunter Jumper Association (CTHJA) have put together Horse Show Primers – one geared toward what to expect at a one-day show, and one that covers multi-day shows. These primers cover all the bases and are very informative. Along with answering common questions, they provide a checklist of what to bring to the horse show.
Take a look at the attached documents, and good luck in the show ring!