Are You Horse Show Challenged?

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Horse shows are full of challenges that go far beyond deciphering the hieroglyphics on an entry form. If you’re a competitor, you may also have to deal with a frisky horse, unmitigated chaos in the schooling ring and a class schedule that extends into the next time zone. By the end of the day, you may wonder why you thought riding in a horse show was a fun idea. To help you keep your sanity—and your zest for competing—a couple of your fellow horse show addicts share their enlightening experiences.

**For the full article, pick up the June 2007 issue of HORSE ILLUSTRATED.**

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Cindy Hale
Cindy Hale’s life with horses has been filled with variety. As a child she rode western and learned to barrel race. Then she worked as a groom for a show barn, and was taught to harness and drive Welsh ponies. But once she’d taken her first lessons aboard American Saddlebreds she was hooked on English riding. Hunters and hunt seat equitation came next, and she spent decades competing in those divisions on the West Coast. Always seeking to improve her horsemanship, she rode in clinics conducted by world-class riders like George Morris, Kathy Kusner and Anne Kursinski. During that time, her family began raising Thoroughbred and warmblood sport horses, and Cindy experienced the thrills and challenges of training and showing the homebred greenies. Now retired from active competition, she’s a popular judge at local and county-rated open and hunter/jumper shows. She rides recreationally both English and western. Her Paint gelding, Wally, lives at home with her and her non-horsey husband, Ron.

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