Discussion in 'Horse Showing and Events' started by blitzen, May 15, 2011.
I love the picture of him with the garland on- have told Mel to have a look when she gets home
Congrats everyone on what looked to be a great day)
Thank you Kelly for your lovely comments, we just love her to bits and she is one very special pony. )
The judge had lots of positive things to say about the horses - and she did say that many of them would have been very competitive over east.* Congratulations to all competitors.
So, even though the numbers were low, the winners were all very deserving - even if you were the only one in the class.
Besides, if you don't show because you don't like being the only competitor, there won't be anyone at all, classes may have to be cut and the show will be downgraded...created a downward spiral.....
Don't look at the negative, look at the positive. You may have been the only one, but you got a ribbon and you may well have inspired someone to come out and compete against you next time!)
Unfortunately I will not enter my junior Anglo next year under the current format. I much preferred the combined classes offered last year as it is nice to have competition and also to compete against different horses than at the All Arabian, which is not that long before the Trilogy. She gained nothing from competing this weekend and would have preferred to be a paddock grot rather than having to stand still being plaited and primped
At least showing a purebred they are so much quicker to prepare - one of my main reasons for getting one LOL
Perhaps the committee could investigate why numbers were so low before they start cutting classes? There were clearly good prizes on offer, so was it the program, venue, costs, or something else deterring the entries?
I have never been to a hoty where classes have been judged on the ring before, and whilst that was probably a result of low numbers in those classes, perhaps it is worth reviewing. I also could not for the life of me work out how the finalists were awarded, in some classes it was all horses, in others it was just a few?
I am not trying to take anything from the winners, as all those I saw looked deserving. However I'm quite sure that those who won a class of two or three would be even happier if they were to win a class of 10 or 20!
Low numbers in babies is prob cause bibs and booties were on which started in the morning and i think it being so late on a sunday was probably a big thing for people to. I understand cost is an issue for some people to but horses are expensive. There just a few things of the top of my head not that im complaining it was along day and i was so tied but i will more then likley be there next year lol
Good point - dont be too quick to cut classes with low numbers, try to do something to increase them first!
I have an Arab Deriv and havent shown her at an Arab show since 2007...mainly just havent had the time, but also the shows are very expensive for only a few classes.
I also think clashing with B&B would have effected numbers too, alot of people would have chosen B&B for their youngsters as they had more class to choose from...and probably half the price? (didnt look at either program so just guessing!).
I hope to do all 3 'A' shows next year tho
Congratulations EVERYONE on your excellent results!
In regards to the show remember its a new Commitee. From what I hear they have bigger and better things organised for next year and took on the new roll without enough time to adjust anything for this years Trilogy.
I would of taken atleast one this year however the time and day was of serious inconvenience for myself and I understand thats being looked into for next years show .
Well done for the excellent work to the WAAHA group and with another show already added to the callender I'm excited to see what else they come up with!
The problem with the Trilogy with youngstock is that you only have 1 class. There is a lot of effort required to get a horse ready, particularly one who must be shown plaited. A lot of people don't think it is worth the effort to go into the ring once - I certainly don't if I am going to be the only one in my breed section LOL.
Hopefully my riding horse will be sound again for next year and it would be a moot point anyway since I wouldn't take a derivative youngster if I was doing the ridden too.
Unfortunately the one thing they can't do is make people to enter. I can't wait until my girl is a 4yo (only 18 months more to wait *#)) and actually has competition!
Of the 5 WAAHA shows Nova has done she has been on her own in the class in 3 of them - 2 at least had other Anglos also entered so she had competition for Champion and 1 that she had competition in the class was combined derivative. Now surely there are more Anglo Arabs being bred in WA ';'
I went to Bibs and Booties (because papers hadnt come back before close of entries for Trilogy) but also because for the same $$ I had 9 classes instead of 1 I don't mind paying but if I am going to spend hours getting my horse ready and pay for a stable, ground fees, insurance etc. it is not really worth it to me for 1 class. I would love to compete at a specialised Arabian show...fingers crossed the states has a good program**)
States programme doesn't really change because it is in line with the Nationals.
Although in previous years you have been able to do age class, quality trot and quality head. Also look at becoming an Amateur Owner (you have to apply to the AHSA for this) and then you get extra classes too *
Well we took 3 babies, the low numbers wern't great, but def all that prep, specially the 2 derivs for one class each was a shame, but you know in advance I suppose so a personal choice, will prob be looking at B& B next year if on same day again.)
Beks, you don't know if you don't have any competition until the day.
A workmate asked me today what I would have done if I had known my girl was competing against herself. Answer is easy - she most likely would have stayed at home despite the entry fee already being paid.
I didnt go to this show, only because i can only do so many weekends and have to put into priority which ones are more important. $$$Cost was part of my decission, people are watching what they spend.
As Elanda said she got all the events at the Bibs N Booties, it is a shame these shows are on the same weekends as each other.
Things in the world are still tight, horses are not selling, real estate is slow - people have to put payments etc first before a show and i think this is going to be going on for some time.
I wonder if the Society breaks even or makes a profit from low supported shows with all the expenses at the SEC?
Well I for one love this show, infact I think all the WAAHA shows are well run, yes we all have issues with different things, I made my issue for not entering the ridden classes known previously and I hope the committee consider it for next years show. Also putting it back on the Saturday would be an advantage for everyone all round.
As far as shows and class numbers I think you will find all shows australia wide, including hack shows have lower numbers these days and it all comes down to costs and time.
The show MAY be more expensive than some but they are holding it at our WA State Equestrian Centre, which is not cheap to hire, they have great facilities and I for one think it is great that WAAHA are using the SEC for their shows, more societies need to consider it for their shows/clinics as well as it would be a damn shame if we lost it. Most WA people really do not know how lucky we are to have it. Not to mention they have Overseas or Eastern States judges so also need to cover acommodation, flights and costs.
I'm looking forward to the State Champs and 2012, the new committee are keen and motivated and I'm sure they'll do their best to provide great programs for the future, obviously they will never please everyone.
I also attended the seminar last night and found the judge very very knowledgeable.
Wouldn't people rather an A class placing then a breed show placing? (regardless of competition).
Or bang for their buck?
I love the trilogy! The numbers were low unfortunately I showed 5 horses and ran out a couple of others and only 1 of them had no one else in its class. So he won his class, went back in for champ and won champion (against the filly) and got to go back in for supreme. This was his first show and it was a great learning experience.
Mirawee it was very unfortunate that there was no other Anglos entered and i'm sure there will be more next year as people notice there isnt any out there they will drag them in. But you still got to go in for Supreme and had some LOVELY competition and it was extra experience for your baby being in the ring with all those other horses.