The Idea of Order: The Warm-Up Ring
Enter, if you dare. Take it away, Morgane Schmidt!
Morgane explains, “Though I recognize that the warm-up ring is a necessary evil at horse shows, I still don’t understand why so many people riding in it are either feckless or believe they OWN the ring. I mean seriously, I don’t care how $$$$$$ your horse is or that you’re riding a higher level than I am, it doesn’t give you the right to throw common courtesy out the window and try to run me over. Also, I get that there are green horses (I have one!), but let’s all just agree not to take the screaming harpy on a string into the warm-up ring with 47 other horses when you have other options (when you don’t have other options, I get it). Also I feel your pain.”
Morgane Schmidt is a 29-year-old teacher/artist/dressage trainer/show announcer/ who still hasn’t quite decided what she wants to be when she grows up. A native Floridian, she now lives in Reno, NV, where she’s been able to confirm her suspicion that snow is utterly worthless. Though she has run the gamut of equestrian disciplines, her favorite is dressage. This year she was able to complete her USDF bronze medal and is now pursuing her silver. Generally speaking her life is largely ruled by Woody, a 14.2 hand beastly quarter horse, Willie, a gawky three year old Dutch gelding, and Stormy, her friend’s nearly all white paint gelding with a penchant for finding every mud hole and pee spot in existence. Visit her website at www.theideaoforder.com.
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