It was a dark & stormy day. [Bulwer-Lytton]
For a rainy day show, last Saturday [Show Report] was the deluxe version. I’ve suffered enough of the basic model to be deeply appreciative of these features:
Covered show arena
Arrangements for covered warm-up. Performance classes were allowed in the ring for a one-minute warm-up before each class, if needed. For the Academy classes, a section of the ring was fenced off as a waiting area. Riders also had one minute before their first class. For the second class immediately following, competitors were assumed to be warmed up. At the break, horses and riders dropped off ribbons but stayed in the ring, unusual for sadddleseat.
Wide, dry concrete aisles rather than narrow, muddy trenches.
High-ceiling, permanent stabling rather than claustrophobic tents with rain dripping off the eaves one inch from the side of the stall.
Warm, well-lit flushies rather than overburdened porta-potties.
Excellent footing underlying the mud puddles.
Dry observer seating.
Of course, it didn’t hurt that I had brought my Wellies, long underwear, and a wool sweater. I am an obsessive overpacker. This is why.
What was your wettest show experience?