6936Re: Possible Event Concept. Looking for Feedback/Discussion (kinda long)
- Jan 1, 2008I 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,
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