Horse Show Quirks and Lucky Charms – Part 1

Courtesy of Silver Dollar Circuit – Daily Stride

By: Lindsay Perraton

Who knew that walking around the Silver Dollar warm up pens while asking the question, “Do you have a lucky charm?,” would spiral into a treasure hunt of sorts. Not only do our trainers have some interesting superstitions, but they were eager to justify their idiosyncrasies by pointing out others they felt could outdo them…IMG_8763

My journey started with Kellie Hinely, who, at the moment, wears an air cast on her left foot- making her superstition even more difficult at this horse show. Unlike most people who adhere the adage, “put your boots on one foot at a time,” or maybe it goes, “I put my pants on one leg at time,” either way it says nothing about which leg or foot should go first. For Kellie, since she was a teenager, she has adhered to the strict rule that the left boot ALWAYS has to go on first. For now, that means taking off her cast and putting it back on before she can put on her right boot to head to the horse show in the morning. I didn’t ask if her accidentally putting the right boot on first had something to do with the incident that caused her to break the foot in the first place, but I think we can make a safe assumption that she will not veer from her routine any time soon.

Kellie sent me to the Trail pen where I found Bear, aka “Leslie Lange.” Bear, at first, thought she wasn’t part of the superstitious crowd; but, once she found one quirk, that lead into plenty others. “The only thing I do is that I have to wear the same clothes in the prelims as I wear in the finals. Well, maybe not all the same clothes, but the same outfit,” she conceded after being prodded by Jim Searles. She also wears the same necklace. “If I don’t wear it at the big shows, I don’t have any luck,” she claims. The necklace “bears” her nickname, Bear, on it in script.

IMG_8526Jim felt strongly about the clothing topic, as it relates to underwear, while Bear was sharing her quirk, but not because he wears the same underwear for luck. Jim actually only has one qualifying factor for lucky underwear, they have to be blue, “or have blue on them somewhere.” It’s not the power color you would think to inspire greatness, but blue does the trick for Jim. Jim also has the winning combination for the World Show. “When I’m walking into the Coliseum, I always make sure that I fit four steps in between each crack.”

Next time you see Jim heading into the Coliseum, watch him quick ball change his way through so he ensures he gets his four steps in. (I think this would be worth watching.) If the four steps don’t seal a win, Jim has one last thing that should. “The last thing I do before I walk in the pen every time is say to myself, “ride every stride.” That one might be a good habit for anyone to steal.

There was so much good material on this that I had to carry it over to Day 3!

Stay tuned for some crazy quirks from Jason Martin, Andrea Kail, Deanne Searles, and Will Knabenshue next.

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