Hairnets & Humiliation

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It was my first and possibly last dressage show.
 
 
 
I was prepping for my first CIC1* on TheWonderPony and decided I had better test out the new shadbelly.
 
 
 
I’ve only ever worn a shadbelly once.
 
 
 
At my first 1* on The Evil Twin.
 
That’s a bit of a story in itself.
 
I hadn’t wanted to do the 1*. I had actually flat out REFUSED to do the 1*. I purposefully did NOT enter the 1*. But after some serious arm twisting………..
 
 
 
 I astoundingly……..found myself in the 1*………..and without a shadbelly. 
 
 
 
No biggie, I thought……. I just wasn’t going to wear one………..then……. much like the “You MUST do the 1 star” coercion, I was told, “You MUST wear a shadbelly!”
 
 
 
 
After a major minor meltdown, I managed to borrow one at the last moment!
 
While the event did not end the way I’d hoped…………….
………….have I mentioned that I didn’t WANT to do the 1* ?
 
 
 
I did get some fabulous photos…………
 
 
Fast forward a year and I’m getting ready for another attempt at a CIC1*.
 
I headed to the dressage schooling show for some practice, where I decided I better test out the new shadbelly. I’m a TOTAL princess about how things feel.
 
 
 
I’m such a princess I immediately got rid of my first air vest because it bumped the back of the saddle and I couldn’t stand it!
 
 
 
So I’m at the show………testing out my tolerance of the newly purchased shadbelly……… 
 
In true BadEventer fashion I see my hair tie go flying across the arena into the muck during warm up. There goes the tidy little bun I was sporting!
 
I was moments from my ride time…. so I shrugged and thought, meh……..schooling show………no biggie.
 
 
 
 
Well……………
 
 
 
The judge thought it was a biggie……..
 
 And I was duly chastised that if I was going to wear TAILS, even at a SCHOOLING show I had better have tidy hair.
 
Ooops.
 
 
So this year I’m at another schooling show, and during my test…………I feel my bun come out. Yes, apparently I need lessons on tying up my hair!
 

 
And for the remainder of my test……………
 
 
 
all I can think is OH SH*T OH SH*T OH SH*T bracing for the next stern talking to about my untidy hair!!!!!
 
 

 
 The judge let me know exactly where my hair tie fell off…….. described how it rode on his hips for about 1/2 the test………. and pointed out where it finally jumped ship so I could retrieve it……..

 

 
Two weeks later I’m at the recognized show….. where I didn’t hesitate to shave off Baby Seabiscuit’s mane. I stared at THIS…………
 
 
 
 for about 10 minutes contemplating what I could possibly do with his ridiculous 4″ thick pony mane………… & out came the clippers!
 
 
 
After 2 highly stressful hairnet fiascos……………I’ve decided to join Baby Seabiscuit………..
 
 
 
Problem solved!
 

 

 

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16 thoughts on “Hairnets & Humiliation

  1. zebradreams07

    Slightly ridiculous that the judges found your hair more important than the quality of your ride. Then again, maybe you should use it to your advantage when you expect a terrible ride! 😛

  2. Aoife

    Having the judge describe your hair tie ' escape in such detail is hilarious! Did they actually see any of your test?!
    Both Baby S & yourself are rocking the shorter locks ♡

  3. TeresaA

    I love the hair cut. It makes you look younger.
    I cannot keep a hair clip, net etc in my hair at all. It's like my hair actually flings it off screaming 'we shall not be contained'.
    I now have short hair.

  4. Liz Goldsmith, EquineInk

    Love this! Great post and an awesome solution. For those of us not willing to whip out the clippers, the "No Knot" hairnets are the best. As a foxhunter I was always getting chastised for hair that escaped mid flight. This one actually keeps my tresses in check and they last forever.

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