Entering the Horse Show Ring – Make it Count

Laura Kelland-May, Thistle Ridge Equestrian, Horse show expert, What the judge is looking for

Your First Impression, Make it Count



Start with a Good Impression When Entering the Hunter Show Ring

Starting with a good first impression makes the judge sit up and take notice. You have to however, follow it up with an equally good performance. Looking the part is only half of the equation, you have to perform the part as well.

I think back to one show I was judging where a competitor came in the hunter ring, looking beautiful, horse immaculate and turn out simply impeccable. I sat up and took notice. This might be my winner, I thought. Well 2 rails and 2 refusals later it appeared she looked the part but the look didn’t match the performance.

Having a good first impression is important, but it is more than just your turn out, your clean horse, and your spiffy clothing that will prove that you belong. It is your performance which will place you up at the top of the winners circle.
How do you get there? It isn’t magic, and it isn’t who you know – no matter what people think – it is your performance.

About Laura

Laura Kelland-May is the founder of Thistle Ridge Skill Builders Development Program. She more than trains horses, she trains people to train their horses. In addition she is a Sr. Judge and can offer insight into What the Judge Is Looking For. Follow her here and get more tips.
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