In my first class, the verdict was that I was too “busy”. It’s anybody’s guess what I was busy doing. As soon as I passed through in-gate, I forgot all the saddleseat show rules. For example, saddlebreds are trained to zoom down the straightaway. This is where they show their stuff. So, if the judge calls for a downward transition, you should “finish your pass” and downshift in the corner. Nope. As soon as the judge called for a trot, I hit the brakes with a screech. If I came to a walk in the corner, it was an accident of geography.
In the second class, I sat up and stayed quiet just like my trainer told me to. Funny how that works.
Yes, in an ideal world I would be in a competition that involved cantering & jumping. As far as resetting the horse show clock, this counts.
List of saddleseat posts.
Gratuitous Horse Show Cat