8/ AUGUST 2020 THE RIDER MY SPIN: New At The Horse Shows Gae ̈tan Laroche

buddy Geatan Laroche. He’s been the backbone of the show office for years.

I would help

Geatan as much as he needed. And he and I would have other impor- tant duties like accompa- nying the judges to dinner at night. It was al- ways one of my most en- joyable moments during the show weekend listen- ing to Geatan and the judges talk ‘of ole times’. Geatan was not

By Susan Dahl.

What’s New At the Horse Shows Excitedly, many horse show or-

ganizations are now allowed to restart their show season. As many readers know, I’ve been working as a judge’s as- sistant (or scribe as we’re called) at the NRHA shows here in Ontario. This is my 28th year. As a side note, I was put on the in-

ternational list of National Reining Horse Association scribes 2 years ago and would love to scribe at the big rein- ing shows! COVID-1984 is not helping the situation. My heart goes out to all those affected by this thing. After reading the new COVID

show rules, I was interested to see what changes would be at our first ORHA

show a couple of weeks ago at Fletcher’s Horseworld. Not all changes are good.

Missing An Important Figure Usually my routine was to ar-

rive at the shows on the Thursday af- ternoon and check in with my office

well and could not attend this first show of the sea- son. Sadly, Gaetan passed away on July 30th. On behalf of everyone at ORHA and myself, our heartfelt condolences go out to Geatan’s family and friends.

Masks On - Mask Off I don’t think this

image needs much expla- nation! I wasn’t amused though I’m sort of smil- ing in this picture. I couldn’t breathe! I need to get one of those mask

exemption cards. I had to go back to using the regular cloth mask. The hu- midity was unbearable and it made it hard to breathe. Todd Bailey, the judge, had a

very hard time breathing with the mask as well. He and I have similar views

on COVID-thing.

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nice to fine another person who shares the same views. He and I are both pro- Truth. The world is quite divided right now.

shocking to see on video just how slow you are ac- tually going. Of course, it’s a matter of practicing going faster and faster at home until THAT speed feels normal. Of course, you know you’re going too fast when the circles look ‘trashy’. I hope everyone

has the chance to get out- side and show their horses this year!

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One pleasant surprise was that

show entries were high. That’s great news. I guess everyone was happy to get out and show their horse! I was listening to this new

rider Ashley (pictured below on her horse) talking to Todd the judge about showing in a reining class. She came from a pleasure horse back ground and was talking about the difference between that and showing reining horses. She was mentioning how fast

reining seems compared to show- ing pleasure horses. Now that sounds like a ‘no brainer’ but what she was explaining was that in the show pen when you are doing your large fast circles, you think you are going fast when you’re not. It’s quite a sensation. I hope I can ex- plain this well. The exhibitor knows to go

fast in the large fast circles and you believe you are and the sensation feels like you’re going fast. It’s quite

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