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Showmanship Pattern #1
I swear I've had this pattern 100 times. The trick is in the backing - making sure you end up with your hip and pivot foot in line with the judge, stopping with the pivot foot on the 'front' side of the stopping point so that when you do your 270 turn, both hind legs end square in line with the judge. Or so that's the idea...easier said than done!
Showmanship Pattern #2
Hesitate? Just a quick pause, I guess - a cease in motion for a second. :-] Make sure you stop with plenty of room to do your 360 turn in front of the judge. TRY not to mow him down (they frown on that, take it from my experience!).
Showmanship Pattern #3
This is a pattern where you hope the judge has pattern sense and is standing well to the left of cone #3 so that you have room to stop, do your turn, and end up in line. Raise your hand if you've had a judge who stood practically parallel with cone 3, so that the only horse that would end up correct would be one that was missing about 15 vertebrae in his back.
Showmanship Pattern #4
The horse that can do a nice tight walking turn around cone C and stop straight will have a clear advantage. You need good body control for this maneuver (horse's body, not yours, although controlling your own body is also recommended).
Showmanship Pattern #5
Pull turns, gotta love 'em - especially setting up right out of a pull turn.
Showmanship Pattern #6
I love this pattern, only because it is SO tricky and it separates the practicers from the non-practicers. Backing around the cone and ending up square on to the judge is something that you have to do a zillion times with your horse before figuring out his backing stride and how many steps and at what angle you need to go. I had this pattern last summer and I practiced it no less then 20 times before the class.
Showmanship Pattern #7
Straight-line patterns where you have to execute moves in line with the judge are SOOOO tricky. I stink at straight lines, I thin my brain is just too crooked to get it right.
Showmanship Pattern #8
This pattern is fairly straightforward. I would imagine the judge would really watch to see you hit your marks with precision.
Showmanship Pattern #9
Be careful! Your turn and backing maneuver takes place within feet of the judge. You can gain extra style points if you can do your back around the cone on a loose chain with minimal clicking or motion. Plus if you stumble and fall down, you are close enough to the judge that he might catch you (speaking from probably the only person on earth who has ever actually FALLEN in a showmanship pattern!)
Showmanship Pattern #10
The pattern is drawn as all straight lines, which means your back around the cone shoudl probably be done in two separate angles. Toughie! I hate patterns that make you set up out of a 360. Timing is everything to stop your horse in his pivot so that his legs aren't 'pretzeled' in mid-move.
Showmanship Pattern #11
I love trotting circles. I try to really study the pattern so that my circle is formed around the cone exactly as drawn. Of course, it helps when you have ajudge that actually reads the pattern the way it is drawn.
Showmanship Pattern #12
Nice angle pattern, with a back that requires you to stop with your horse's pivot foot ready to turn and stay in line with the judge at the finish.
Showmanship Pattern #13
I had this pattern a couple of years ago, only the cones were set up barely two feet apart. I had to bend my big HUS mare into a paper clip in order to make the turns, and amazingly she did it! Sure wish I had that on video. If you want to challenge your horse, set this pattern up with the cones fairly close.
Showmanship Pattern #14
Hahaha I call these patterns 'Protractor Patterns'. 385 degrees? Huh? It's actually a full turn and a smidge more. The smidge being determined by where the judge is standing. Good thing I got an A in Geometry. Too bad that was in 1984.
Equitation Pattern #1
Long sitting trots can be your friend or your foe. Trying to make it look effortless takes more effort than anything else, I think!
Equitation Pattern #2
Can we say 'overachiever judge'? They even have the diameter and distances marked on the pattern by feet. So many elements, so many chances for mistakes.
Equitation Pattern #3
A fun pattern - it goes in continuous motion which is more relaxing to tense horses (like Taylor!).
Equitation Pattern #4
I always have trouble on serpentine patterns keeping track of what side the cone needs to be on for each curve. I must have a mental block on these things, but that is where I go wrong most often.
Equitation Pattern #5
A mixed bag of moves in this pattern.
Equitation Pattern #6
Simple! Not necessarily easy - in a pattern like this you had better make sure your circle is perfectly round (not oval) and that you have super squeaky clean transitions, or have everyone else in the class fall off. Either way will insure a win...maybe!
Equitation Pattern #7
Circles of two different sizes...cool! I hate it when the pattern gives you a move that you have to decide yourself which way to go. The pattern says a 360 degree turn in either direction. I may be over-analyzing this, but is this a secret trap to see if the thinking rider knows which way is really correct? I have no idea.
Equitation Pattern #8
This pattern shows a tight turn around C at the canter. That's tough to make a tight turn look smooth, and keep your horse at an even pace.
Equitation Pattern #9
Counter canter - the bane of my existence. Taylor hates those. I avoid patterns that call for a counter canter because the odds of me getting bucked off are greatly increased. I do love the hand gallop since I like to work on my two-point position at home.
Equitation Pattern #10
This is a loopy pattern that's not drawn as a strict circle. However, if the judge isn't paying close attention to how the pattern is drawn, he might judge it as a pure circle. In this case, if you are right, you might be wrong, or vice versa. Oh the perils of figuring out the judge's mind...it's so NICE when you have judges who really know their stuff in pattern classes.
Equitation Pattern #11
2006 Congress Novice Amateur Eq pattern (see the video on my Taylor's page. Remember - a turn on the forehand is based on the direction the head is going, not the hind end. I loved this pattern (maybe because Taylor actually nailed it..good memories!).
Equitation Pattern #12
Wow, another pattern where keeping track of your cones and what side you are on can be crucial.
Equitation Pattern #13
I had this pattern a few years ago. The leg yield was fun! I am seeing more of these being asked lately. Patterns like this make me miss showing Taylor in pattern classes.
Equitation Pattern #14
It says extended trot A to B, but does not specify a diagonal. Thoughts on this???