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!