By Patty Wilber
Well, since we cannot go to actual horse shows, various associations are running virtual shows. This made me think of that column that was in…Western Horseman…? Called “You be the Judge”?…I don’t really know if that was the right magazine or the right title, but it was a column on conformation.
Anyway, I thought it might be fun to have a “You be the Judge” event right here for Ranch Riding. Unfortunately, since we are social distancing and I just thought of this, I am the only entrant. But I do have four Appaloosas that can compete–or at least three. On Monday, I worked with one of them, and it did not result in anything I would want anyone to actually see. I won’t reveal the identity of said horse to avoid biasing you all, the judges.
So, here is the scoop.
- I made the pattern. (short–about 1.5 minutes per run so you can whiz through.)
- The older horses (Penny and LT) were ridden one handed and the junior horses (H and Lucy) were ridden two handed, as per normal show standards.
- The dogs are just there for decoration.
- If you don’t know rules for ranch riding, that’s ok, you can still play. Just rank the horses from first place to last place as you see fit.
- There is no actual judge here, so the “winner” will be the crowd favorite. You should be able to see the cumulative current results after you enter your scores.
- Your responses are anonymous.
- This my first try at Survey Monkey, and it did not feel very intuitive to me, so this whole survey thing might just be a fail and all you will get to do is see four videos.
Here is the pattern. It turns out that I didn’t like the walk in followed by the half circle part–it was hard to make that feel smooth.
Here are the goes in the order they were taken. They were filmed by Jim. He used his knowledge of cinematography gleaned from the Making of Game of Thrones to get these very uniform runs!
The survey is at the end.
Penny and LT would like to file a formal complaint because Lucy and H both got TWO goes, and they only got one. Furthermore, they are not even coming off the bench, they are coming off the couch! The couch! With, like, only 30 minutes of prep.
Penny says, “she told me to go a bit faster so i trotted a tiny bit on that walk part and did i get a redo? noooo! lucy got a redo because ‘the light wasn’t good’! hmpff.”
LT says, “right? i just got in a bit of a hurry and thought we were loping left instead of right, but did i get a redo? noooo! h got a redo cuz he spooked at a wee rabbit! hmpff!”
I did feel a bit bad about that. Not bad enough to refilm, obviously…
The survey is only open for a week or so.
OH–I tried out the survey–it worked, and the results get displayed, so you should be able to see the running total! That means I might be able to make a survey for this broccoli tasting question I want to use for one of my classes (for a genetics unit), and have the results appear. Cool!
The scoring on this survey is 4 pts for first, 3 for second, 2 for third, 1 for 4th and are presented in a bar graph. I will summarize and let you know the “final” results next week. The winner gets a horse treat! (Ok! Two horse treats).