CALSONIC ARENA – Louise arrived early and stayed late. She was moving all over- in and out and around Calsonic Arena – taking in just about anything and everything. She was almost as busy as veterinarian Dr. Randy Baker who kept being paged, like “Code Blue” in a hospital, every time the USDA would pull another horse out coming out of the ring for more inspection.
The VMOS were catching horses, turning them over to the S.H.O.W. HIO DQPs. It appeared that with strict USDA oversight the S.H.O.W. DQPs were taking it serious and writing some HPA violation tickets.
Louise said, unlike some years past, there atmosphere between the USDA VMOs and the S. H. O.W. HIO DQPs was strictly professional. There was no good ole boy atmosphere.
Thermography was used on every horse.
Here is a summary:
- There were 21 classes and 88 horses made the show ring.
- There was an average of four horses in a class.
- Three classes had no horses in them.
- At show time 6:00 p.m, the stands averaged about 12 people per section, with 34 sections and estimate of the crowd would be 450.
- There were several sections were there was only a single person sitting and one section where there was no one.
- By the time the show ended at about 10:50 p.m. there were fewer than 200 people still sitting around.
- There were many calls tonight from Center Ring for Dr. Baker and Dr. Edwards to report immediately to the warm up area or to the Champions Arena outdoors.
- At one point three USDA VMOs came out to center ring and stood there while a class was going on and watched it. They were accompanied by a guy in jeans, a ball cap and a hoodie type of sweatshirt.
- Louise has no idea why they came out there, but she noticed that there appeared to be a lot of squirming by the Trainers BOYZ officials in Center Ring.
- They clearly were not expected by the center ring. After that one class the VMOs went back to the inspection area.
- And then after that class the center ring Trainer BOYZ called a lengthy timeout..
- The organist has to play his fingers off during all these time outs.
- The VMOs apparently picked up several of the winners on violations in the post class inspection, including two of the young 17 & Under gentlemen.
- The announcer, a polite and pleasant young man, was ever helpful and announced in a two horse class that the winner won unanimously with three votes, and that the reserve horse also won unanimously with three votes.
- Louise wonders if the crowd could have figured that out without some assistance.
- The announcer said that the PSHA meeting before the show had 70 people in attendance and that although the industry was going through a period of adversity, they were going to fight to save their horse.
- He must have had that on his mind because he repeated it several times.
SOME MORE “ANNOUNCERISMS”
- We are going to stick together and make it.
- We want to thank all the media here covering us.
- Join the fight to keep us alive. That’s where we are these days.
- They were on all three judges minds.
- We’re glad you’re growing up in the business.
- Show us your flat footed walk.
- We’ll ask you to steer your mares and geldings over to the rail.
- You’ll see that white horse over on the rail stickin’ and steppin’.
“JUST A STICKIN’ AND A STEPPIN”
- Tne Walking Horse community has broadened our horizons in many ways.
HERE ARE SOME MORE OF LOUISE’S SHOW OBSERVATIONS
Class 23 11 & Under on performance mares and geldings 3/3
Class 24 Amateur Light Shod didn’t announce what they expected/5 showed
Class 25 Ladies Amateur Specialty 6/3 The horse that won it was so deep that his back end literally collapsed when he was pulled into the line up. He did stay on his feet.
Class 26 Western Park Pleasure 5/5
Short break to regroup in center ring – never seen anything quite like these “breaks”.
Class 27 3 Year Old Stallions 9/8 one time out. Lost chain
Class 28 Yearling fillies 5/5
Class 29 4 year old Mares and Geldings didn’t announce how many expected/7 showed
In this class a horse (CASH DATE) ridden by Tim Smith and owned by Ex PSHA Chair Terry Dotson simply quit. Smith couldn’t get him to move forward. He literally turned his
riding whip over in his hand and started to jab the horse with the hard end of the whip in the shoulder, the barrel, the flank, while yanking the reins and giving him several jabs with the spurs. The horse said, I don’t think so, he went from the far turn, all the way to the exit gate with the horse still refusing to do anything but a dog walk. They called the class , he got him turned around and then cranked him back into a gear and pulled him into the line up. The horse was breathing like a freight train blowing. He placed last in the class.
Class 30 Amateur Park Pleasure 5/5
Class 31 12-17 Mares and Geldings 3/3 Louise believes that this was the class that allegedly had the winner and the reserve horse written up in post show inspection.
Class 32 Amateur Show Pleasure 3/3
Class 33 Youth Specialty 17 & Under Show Pleasure NO ENTRIES
Class 34 Yearling Colts 4/4
Class 35 Amateur 15.2 and under Stallions didn’t announce how many expected/4 showed. A Horse in there that was such bad image. Louise never saw a horse swing a front leg like that without falling over. She was last with the entry but they did not excuse her. Apparently the horse also had a hard time getting up to inspection but they let it through anyway.
Class 36 Open Mares and Geldings 4/2
Class 37 15.2 and Under Amateurs on Mares and Geldings 13/10 ( This was the class that the 3 USDA Vets stood in center ring and watched)
Very Lengthy break
Class 38 Amateur 4 & Under Specialty, optional tack 3/3
Class 39 3 Year Old Mare and Gelding Specialty 6/6
Class 40 Park Performance Open didn’t announce how many expected /8 showed
Class 41 Walking Horse Trainers Auxiliary Members Only Specialty NO ENTRIES
Class 42 Show Pleasure 1/1 ( Winky Groover finally won a class)
Class 43 Amateur 5 year old stallions 7/6 ( Sheryl Crawford won the class. The crowd seemed to prefer the reserve horse)
Class 44 4 Year Old Stallions 5/5
Louise said she was completely tuckered out.
But if you think she’s doing a good job, she’s willing to go back for Saturday night.
What do you think?