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!