Ribbon Rant

Adventures in Saddle Seat


Photo by A Friend of the Barn

You call that a ribbon? Three short streamers and a narrow, single rosette with the world’s most lifeless ruffle? I’ll give them the customized button, that’s cool. Different buttons give a nice variety to a ribbon display over time. The sticky-out white streamer has the name of the show. Too little, too late.

This barely rates for a backyard, in-barn gymkhana. Such a poor show of acetate is particularly appalling for eventing, which only has to invest in one ribbon per competitor per weekend.

For this I am giving up the glorious, epic loot fest that is saddle seat?! I may need to rethink my priorities.

But Seriously Folks
All snarking aside, Intrépide and Sheila Palmer placed third in their move-up to Beginner Novice. Completing all three phases of an event is always an accomplishment to be proud of. At any level, to finish is to win. Ribbons are a lovely bonus. Show Horse, Sport Horse: Sidetrack – Meet Lacy Show Horse, Sport Horse: Moving On Up.

Photo by A Friend of the Barn

Congratulations, Sheila & Lacy.

Thank you for reading,
Katherine Walcott

Categories: Eventing, Horse Shows, Horses

7 replies »

  1. Considering all the times we came home empty-handed, I was always happy with any ribbon. And as for eventing, well, until you taught Priney about cross-country jumping, we often lost – as in not finishing. *sob* So just finishing was for me a win. I was always my own biggest competition.

  2. Absolutely true! The comically tiny ribbon was appropriate for what I felt I deserved; it said “You placed third, but barely.” It was a baaaaad stadium round. But could you imagine the people in the higher-up classes? Like, what if someone had moved up to prelim, won their class and was handed a tiny, Barbie-sized blue ribbon? Anyone in prelim and up should be recieving solid gold trophies just for surviving that kind of badassery. A future move up to novice is already causing me a few heart palpitations!

    • You should see the ones from my local county fair. Microscopic, but I was always glad to get one. Will be scanning some pix into my blog (debandtoby.wordpress.com) soon. Single strips, hardly any info. They may have changed by now, I last competed in the ’80s.

  3. “… riding for the ribbon …” A good question. Will probably need a blog post to answer.

    ” A future move up to novice ..” Back in my day – whacks ground with cane – Novice, then called Pretraining, was the lowest it got. Jump 2’11” or stay home.

    • It was baby novice, 2’3″, when I started. And that’s as far as I ever got. Oh well, I enjoyed it while I was able to, and that’s the important thing, isn’t it? Although starting at amoeba or tadpole would have been nice….

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