Common Phrases Heard at Competitions and Their Meaning



“That fence is WAY over max height” – using the incredibly accurate measuring scale of ‘my own leg’ this fence is bordering on being a little on the big side.

“I’m not competitive” – I’d eat you for a rosette

“I’m REALLY not competitive” – you and the horse

“I’m not that nervous” – I’m bricking it.

“I’m not at all nervous” – We are going to need a shot of whiskey and a valium

“The stride is really long” – person walking it was probably very short

“The stride is really short” – person walking it was probably very tall

“There are three strides in the double” – person walking it may have had too much human calmer

“I’m not going for speed” – watch me gallop

“They are all looking at that filler” – all the riders are looking at that filler.

“The time is very generous” – horse is a bit fast for optimum time

“The time is very tight” – horse is slow

“it wasn’t THAT bad” – please dear jebus don’t let me go in and do the same.

“I’m pretty sure I know my test’ – enter at A, at C turn…left? Right? Fook….

“Sure what’s the worst that could happen” – please don’t let me get bucked off again

“I’d rather have had four faults and a nice round than an awful clear” – I’d rather have had a nice clear round

“The judge is lovely” – At least the comments will be phrased nicely

“He is just a bit green” – he is old enough to know better and I am fit to throttle him for behaving like a four year old




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