well here where my places I had entered:
4 and over years mares
Reg or part bred Quarter Horses Geldings
reg or part bred Quarter Horse mares
Intermediate(15-18 year old handler) Showmanship (following a pattern inhand with your horse)
Maiden Horse Western Pleasure
Quarter Horse Western Pleasure
so my first class was cancelled (yearlings) so my yealring was against 3 year old horses (most almost-fully matured)..he placed 3rd in the class, at his first outing.
then he had the reg/part bred Qh geldings and didn't place as he was not enjoying the judge (and after this rant so will you so I don't blame him
and pics of him in his two halter classes:
and my favourite pic along with an example of what he was up against
Then my older mares classes
4 yrs and older mares-she didn't place and judge asks me where I live as my mare eyes looked really bad and kinda old looking so she got to many bug bites..I then went to tell her she was a golden oldie who just went threw a whole night of dealing with thunder and lightning with a yearling as a companion..lol.
then my other halter class was exactly the same..
I am pro at showmanship when I am against people at the nationals I usually place right beside then at either 1-3rd.. I got a 5th out of 7 horses..
by this time I was getting the feeling the judge didn't understand/or like Qh's..
why? you say?
well in my halter classes an emaciated bald(her butt was actually caved in and her spine was visible) morgan won the mare classes..
then came my riding..
My mare was amazing we were the second slowest (western pleasure is about slow collective gaits with little effort look in the rider making the rider and horse look like a pleasure full ride)
with 20+ people in the class I was cut off 3 times once by 3 riders galloping into me and I was forced to break gait..judge said nothing. Then another riders horse decided to buck and kick my mare (we were a horse length away)..judge said nothing bucking horse actually placed..then the other was a rider who abrubtly turned her horse into me and we were forced to stop again..judge said nothing.
Other rider whom won the classes never walked even when the gait was asked by the judge he still jogged/trotted..
no pictures as my photographer/dad was fuming at how retarded this judge was, and the indoor arena was too dark and my dad didn't want to turn the flash on and scare the horses.
So we are pretty sure the judge was bribed or the judge didn't know about the discilpines she was judging..(more leaning on the bribbing)
I was so proud of both my babies..my dad was so proud at me for not screaming at the inconsiderate riders or the idiot judge..and just keeping a smile on and staying cool
. In all I loved the experience.
some pictures of the babies ready to head off to home: