Last Saturday I went to my first horse show since getting involved in barns in the Eugene area. Triple Rise Equestrian Center hosted an informal schooling show for its riders to gain showing experience at their home arena and for a fraction of the cost of a regular show, which could cost upwards of $15,000 with travel expenses included. Riders, of all class levels, showed up Saturday to practice their presentation and jumping courses in an environment that mimics what they would find at a larger show.
Between the four and a half hours that I observed the schooling show, I saw numerous showing types that I had not seen during that practices I attended, so I’ll offer a cheat sheet to the different classes.
The show was on June first and everyone was ready to go by 9 am: horses tacked up, riders lined up by the gate, and the judge sitting in the front row next to the rail. The jumps were all set up in two rows, one at each end of the, but since the younger riders in the lower classes were going first, the jump heights were ground-level. The poles laid on the footing, for the non-jumper classes to practice performing the course without the jumps.
Jump heights gradually increased throughout the day as the more experienced classes showed, and different patterns of the course were taken depending on the classification of the flat or over-fence class.
During the competition I had some questions about the judging and how different rider place where they did in awards. I wasn’t sure what points were deducted for, or even what separated a good rider from a bad one, so I decided to ask an expert. I made my way over to local judge Vicki Zachariah to ask her about what she looks for in both the horse and the rider.[audio https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAx-zgrADsI]