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Hurry Up and Wait

Victoria DeMore

Port Orange, United States

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Anyone who has experienced the hell that is grooming for, training riders, or competing in hunter/jumper shows knows about this enigma… The hurry up and wait.

The fact that even though you know the gate opens in the morning at 8 or 8:30am… so you know you should be in the ring at about 11am, and you prepare accordingly.

You feed your horse…
braid…
get dressed in your show clothes…
pull on the tall boots…
get your hair situated perfectly under your helmet without a loose strand…

You hear the announcer call out how many riders are left in the division before yours… you estimate you’ve got about an hour before you need to be in the ring… time to tack up… and warm up.

But, it happens. Two riders left in the division before you won’t leave the schooling ring. The announcer calls and calls… threatens to move on without them having completed their course… and still they take their time. You’re stuck. It’s hot as hell out and you’re wasting your horse’s energy. So you dismount, and sit down holding your horse waiting for a better time to try again.

Inevitably… your division starts 2 hours later and of course at the hottest (or in the winter in this case, the coldest) part of the day.

When I showed, we all joked around about the hurry up and wait culture of the show world. How we envied dressage riders and their set ride times LOL.

Wellington, Florida

Canon Rebel XS w/ 55-250mm lens
Cropped and converted to black and white, otherwise the image is untouched

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