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Horse Show Rules

Horse Training - Showing Etiquette
Remember these tips at your next show.

No crying at a show! Never act grumpy, or be a bad sport if you don't win a ribbon. Nobody likes a sore loser. It's okay to be a little upset, but don't let other people know. Give your horse a pat, and get busy doing something else — like helping a friend or grooming your horse.

Don't yell at your mom, dad, sister, brother or dog at a show. Remember that they have other things to do with their time, and it's very nice of them to help you at a show. If you feel frustrated with a fumble-fingered father trying to put on your pony's bridle, just count to 10 and help him out!

Don't let your parents be bad sports either. If your mom or dad gets mad that you didn't win a ribbon, ask them to keep it to themselves so they don't embarrass you. Parents who complain loudly and criticize the judges are annoying and should stay at home.

Don't run up to the judge after a class and demand to know why you weren't placed. If you are absolutely desperate to talk to the judge, and you see other people talking to him or her, politely go up and ask if he or she could give you any suggestions to help you in your next show.

Your trainer should not yell instructions to you while you are competing — especially in hunter classes or flat classes. It's okay for your trainer to shout some help while you are competing in a jumper class, but only if you really need it!



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