Category: Horse Showing

Go Ahead and Quit. For a Minute.

If you’ve been involved with showing horses for any length of time, you’ve struggled at one point or another. Something you want to do isn’t going right, something you want the horse to do isn’t going right, and you look at everyone else and… Continue Reading “Go Ahead and Quit. For a Minute.”

Three Cheers for Aqua-Net! (Or What Have You)

(Reboot 😊, but the timing seems right) This one is for the ones who are just getting started, or even those who’ve been at it awhile, but can’t quite figure out how to get better. The ones who go horse shows weekend after weekend,… Continue Reading “Three Cheers for Aqua-Net! (Or What Have You)”

Blue Ribbons and Facebook Likes

By Karen L. Waite, Ph. D. Earlier this year I was speaking at a (pre Pandemic) Horse industry conference and afterwards a young person asked…”how did you learn to be ok with not winning? “ My first response? I was a bit flabbergasted. I… Continue Reading “Blue Ribbons and Facebook Likes”

Open Horse Show Judging: One Part Super Hero, and a Whole Lot of Satan

By Karen L. Waite, Ph.D. If you’re a 4-H member, the Horse Judge at your county fair is an odd combination of one part rock star, one part super hero, and a whole lot of Satan, depending on the day, class or minute…and each… Continue Reading “Open Horse Show Judging: One Part Super Hero, and a Whole Lot of Satan”

Thank God For Aqua-Net…and Other Things I Can’t Always Say When Judging Horse Shows

Photo credit: Rick Barnes By Karen L. Waite, Ph. D. This is for the ones who are just getting started, or even those who’ve been at it awhile, but can’t quite figure out how to get better. The ones who go to horse shows… Continue Reading “Thank God For Aqua-Net…and Other Things I Can’t Always Say When Judging Horse Shows”

Perfect Practice (May) Make Perfect Performance, But Poor Practice Makes a Mess

By Karen L. Waite, Ph. D. I was minding my own business…scrolling through Facebook as one does when avoiding laundry, and I came across a post that got my attention.  It seemed innocent enough at first…two young ladies in the show ring, one in… Continue Reading “Perfect Practice (May) Make Perfect Performance, But Poor Practice Makes a Mess”

There Aren’t Prizes for the Things That Matter Most…But There Should Be

By Karen L. Waite, Ph.D. A week or so ago, I judged an open show.  I mean, it was sort of an open show, but also, sort of an Arabian breed show at the same time, which is pretty cool.  It also had some… Continue Reading “There Aren’t Prizes for the Things That Matter Most…But There Should Be”

Maybe Participation Trophies Aren’t The Problem

By Karen Waite, Ph. D. In the last few weeks one of my (least) favorite topics has come up several times…that of the “participation trophy” and the fact that the world is obviously doomed to fail because some organizations have chosen not to place… Continue Reading “Maybe Participation Trophies Aren’t The Problem”

What to Do When The Fair Isn’t Fair

Photo by Jaye Nevins   By Karen Waite It’s that time of year again! If you live in the Midwest, you may have noticed that it’s county fair season…that age old bastion of tradition, education (intentional and otherwise), drama, intrigue, teen romance, and corn… Continue Reading “What to Do When The Fair Isn’t Fair”

When is Zero Greater Than Sixty-Five?

By Karen Waite It would appear I’ve lost the ability to count to 2.  Or 3.  Or at all.  While there is every reason to think this is a temporary situation, it doesn’t make it any less annoying, especially when you’re showing a Reining… Continue Reading “When is Zero Greater Than Sixty-Five?”