Awareness of the outside world. The Hoof Blog: Farriers at the Herning 2022 FEI World Championships: Who was minding the forge? Saturday, August 27, 2022
No lesson last week, barn at Louisville.
SSF entry picks up a ribbon. You can see Coach Courtney’s smile from here.
By my count, five helmets out of 18 in class 26 Hunter Country Pleasure. The rest wore huntcaps.
Helmets placed 2nd, 3rd, & 5th. So, no obvious helmet prejudice. OTOH, less visible difference between helmet (with harness) and huntcap (same shape, no harness) than between helmet and bowler/top hat (traditional ASB wear), or helmet and no hat.
In these classes, there is always one rider who looks to me that they do non-ASB activities on the regular. That pair never places well. When I’m feeling curmudgeonly, I fuss that a real-time jumping horse should do well in HCP. When I’m feeling reasonable, I recognize that it is a matter of different criteria. HCP is more about ASB Country Pleasure while wearing hunter tack than about being an AHSA hunter. Yeah, I know, I still think of it as the AHSA.
Everyone in Junior Roadster had a helmet, which I suspect is a requirement.
Two of seven in Amateur Roadster Under Saddle, but they looked like juniors. Juniors riding in amateur classes? Adults who just look young to me?
One on gatekeeper.
A few more Black and Asian faces sprinkled among the riders. Saddle seat always has more boys than hunt seat does. A few stout physiques. However, the overall paradigm remains thin, white, and female, at least among the kids and amateurs.
Also watched the USEF/AVA Vaulting National Championship on USEF Network.
Vaulting victory gallop. After the ribbon presentation, the lunger & horse walk off quietly while the vaulters, on foot, run around the ring.