21. Favorite classes to watch
At the big, national shows the Hunter Derby is always my favorite to watch. The brilliance of the horses and the fun, big courses are very exciting. Plus it’s fun to see the big name riders contrasting with some of the other, lesser known amateurs. I like to see the decisions they make (which turn to take, etc.) and there’s usually some mistakes made as well, which makes it even more fun to root for your favorites.
At local shows, I like to watch the 3′ Jumpers. We don’t have any jumpers above that height, and below that height it can get sketchy sometimes when the kids make mistakes (I don’t like to be scared for anyone I know!) It’s thrilling to watch the tight turns, and see the riders really go after it in the jump-off.
22. What’s in your cooler at horse shows?
Water and Gatorade. I seriously have entire cooler just for those two things. I have to stay hydrated! Other than that, I love little snacks: pretzels, sweet n salty granola bars, cheese and crackers, grapes, etc. Anything that I can basically eat all day and isn’t too heavy is perfect for me.
23. One thing about showing (or riding in general) you wish you could change?
Well, I selfishly wish there were 2’3″ divisions at shows near me. I know lots of people hate that there seems to be a division for every little thing now (like 18″ hunters for chestnut thoroughbreds who never raced with owners aged 12 1/2 to 15), but there is a big difference between the 2′ Hunters in the smaller rings, to the 2’6″ Hunters in the big ring with oxers, and I would love to have a stepping stone!
24. Your ringside crew
At shows, I travel with an entourage. Okay, not quite, but it does take a village to get me in the ring! I always have my fiancé, Sam, who is my holder of stuff (water bottle, dirt rag, course maps, video camera), and of course my trainer.
And most of the time I have a cheering section with several friends from my barn, because who doesn’t love to hear applause and a “whoop, whoop!” every time they exit the ring?!
Sometimes my parents attend as well, and usually my mom can’t avoid holding something (even though she’s passed on her official holder of stuff title to Sam).
I’m very lucky to have so many people support me on a regular basis!
|At a horse show in 2012, with my dad, Sam and my mom! They rock.|
25. Best prizes
I love ribbons, but I also love getting practical prizes for bigger awards (special classes, year-end awards, etc.) My favorites are neck ribbons because there’s not a horse on the planet that doesn’t look like a BAMF with a big ribbon around his neck/ Also coolers because then you can tell the entire world for the rest of your life how awesome you are. Other excellent prizes include people blankets (always useful!), saddle pads, t-shirts, horse treats, candy (SKITTLES!) and gift cards to the mobile tack unit.
Yeah… really I’m happy with any prize because I love all the things, haha.