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.