Category Archives: Ask a judge

Classic Pleasure

Can anyone tell me why Classic Pleasure is only open to amateurs? Since Amateur and AOTS classes are available in all other divisions, why don’t they just do the same for Classic? Or eliminate this division. It seems kind of silly that there are 3 “levels” of saddle seat riding and only one for hunter…

Combined Classes

I was thinking this had been touched on in the recent “Ladies v Amateur” discussion but I just went back and looked and can’t find anything.  In my note below about classes added to Blue Ridge, I noted that the Ladies and Ama divisions were combined into a single class.  They’ve also combined the Ama…

Canter Departures

Is outside rein, outside foot a fairly standard cue for a canter? I know this isn’t always how a horse is trained (for my mare it’s outside rein, inside foot) but it seems to be for many show horses. Is there a reason for this? It almost always makes the horse take off at an…

How to Show as an Amateur

Ok, it would seem the Curmudgeon Commentary -> Difference between Ladies and Amateur Judging has spawned another topic. I would guess that the amateurs who are least likely to have the ideal amateur horse would be those of us who can’t afford to pay top dollar for a finished horse, or would rather “build” our…

Differnce between Ladies and Amateur judging

This started under a different thread, but interested in everyone’s belief in the difference that should be seen between a ladies class and an amateur class aside from the obvious lack of testosterone in the ladies.  I understand the horse should have manners, but other than that?

USEF General Rules Deep Dive

So I was looking for something in the USEF 2010 rule book, and came across some rules that I thought were interesting and helped explain some questions I have had while watching at shows…Makes me realize how much more detailed I need to read the rules!  Here is some food for thought… With all the…

Auditing Judge’s Schools

I’m considering attending the judge’s school at Jubilee this year. Since I’m not pursuing my judges card, I’m just wanting to do it for educational purposes, I was thinking I’d just audit. I’ve downloaded the forms from the AMHA website (application/schedule, handbook, etc). The schedule marks which sessions are for applicants at their first or…

Thank You! Regarding shoeing for Western Pleasure

Just wanted to thank those who commented on my post about being new to the morgan circuit & shoeing for western pleasure. Your input & advice was very helpful, I really appreciated it.Didn’t know how else to get back to you aside from another post like this. ? Thanks again!

Shoeing for Western Pleasure Morgan, that also goes Hunt?

Hello, I am new to “Above Level”. Actually pretty new to the Morgan Circuit. I have a Morgan gelding I love dearly! We have worked very hard together (without a trainer) to get to the point I think we may be ready to try the Morgan circuit. I feel some pressure that we might be…

Romel Reins Ounce Size

Hello, I am looking to purchase a set of Romel Reins for showing. I see there are different weights of ounces ranging from 20 ounces to 39.9 ounces. What is the most common and appropriate ounce Romel Reins for showing? Should the same ounce Romel Rein be used in training also? I am seeing many of…