I could see this event going two directions. The first would be an Emprise/Pas type concept. The second more of a country fair.... In my head, Pas are teamMessage 1 of 4 , Jan 1, 2008View SourceI could see this event going two directions. The first would be an
Emprise/Pas type concept. The second more of a country fair....
In my head, Pas are team on team or one on one type of competition
and may not lend themselves quite as well to what you have in mind.
I think a "Horse Show" (if that is what you are proposing) would
probably fit best into the Country Fair concept.
Judging: Group or Individual - Do you let the gallery distribute
small favors to their favorites or do you bring an individual judge?
Breed Standard vs. Individual Preference - Most Horse Shows are judge
to a breed standard. In open shows, each horse should be judged
against its own breed standard. If the warmblood isn't much of a
warmblood, it might get beat by the shetland who is a fantastic
example of the breed. Celebrity judges (Think Concours de Elegance)
and gallery judging will generally be along the lines of personal
Period vs Victorian vs Modern Preferences - What would you like to
see you turnouts emulate? Horses Shows (as best I can find data) are
a Victorian or Modern concept. What your judges "pin" is the
direction your competitors will travel. The gallery is likely to
pick a "Victorian Ideal of what Period Equestrians" should look
like. A random horse person is likely to award modern ideals.
Someone who is studied in period activities is likely to award his or
her interpretation of the period ideal. Each approach is valid.
Each is going to effect what you see at the show (especially if you
do it more than once).
Timing: One of the things that helps one be a bit more calm
when "the judge screws up horribly" is the idea that it's ok, there
always another show. Kind of like it's ok Crown is going to happen
again in 4 months. One downside of making this a be all, destination
event is that you are likely to ramp up expectations and
Hopefully that will help the ruminating along,
Happy 2008 everyone! Brandee and I wish you and yours a healthy and happy year. :-) On to the question at hand. I m a bit pressed for time, at the moment, butMessage 2 of 4 , Jan 1, 2008View SourceHappy 2008 everyone! Brandee and I wish you and yours a healthy and
happy year. :-)
On to the question at hand. I'm a bit pressed for time, at the
moment, but I wanted to give my initial 2 cents.
First, with the caveat that I know that I'm a minority of one on this
point, why does everything have to be a competition? The Nov. 17 Caer
Darth event the most fun I've ever had on a horse at an SCA event. A
big reason for that was because running the course was supposed to be
fun first and the idea of compeating was a distant second.
In that non-competitive vein, I have a dream of participating in some
sort of carousel (sp?) -- look pretty and ride in formation. But
given my level of riding and Brandee's current abilities (we're
making progress, but we're never going to the Olympics, folks!) it
won't be a show-quality kir. Should we not do this because it's not
of a competitive quality? I don't think so, I think we should do it
because it would be *fun*.
Another key thing that made the Caer Darth event so enjoyable was
that there was plenty of space to just noodle around on one's horse --
there was no having to wait around to run the course with nothing
else to do. I got to play in the dressage court a little, and there
was a cross county course, which allowed on to walk around but you
were close enough to the event to keep track of what was going on.
And the challenge course itself was very fun, with a lot of variety.
Haveing the manpower to set up it and do ground crew was a big
I think I have more to say on this topic, but I'm still thinking