It Happens! Kat Fuqua, Hunter Messineo, Kiera Phlipot

Kat Fuqua

We all make mistakes. But horse people, as a group, aren’t always the best at handling them. So TPH reached out to some top riders to share their own show ring bloopers to prove, once and for all, that mistakes really do happen to the best of us!

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Kat Fuqua

In Wellington Week 5, 2023, I was showing in the last class of the day which was the Medium Junior Jumper Classic. I was already tired, and to add on to that, the course was pretty tricky and long.

It turns out that I was actually having one of my best rounds to date, everything was smooth and clear. Then I ended up jumping the wrong last jump, resulting in elimination. The video still turned out very nice though!

Hunter Messineo

Hunter Messineo

We were at Sedgefield and I was showing my trainer’s horse in the Adults. They forgot to tell me that sometimes he has a bad stop to the first fence. Well, this was one of those times.

It had been raining and the ring was a lake. I landed face first in a giant puddle, practically underwater. My gloves were soaked and sandy so I had to stand there and wait for my trainer to grab a towel so I could see enough to walk out of the ring.

On the plus side, we had a great comeback and were champion that weekend.”

Kiera Phlipot

Kiera Phlipot

A week after finishing our spring circuit, I got a call from a friend that the $10,000 Non-Pro Derby at WEC Ohio had really low entries that week, and I should ship in for the class to try and make some money.

I was debating it because while I could really use some extra cash (who couldn’t, right?) I had just finished a couple weeks in a row of showing and wouldn’t have any trainer help other than a friend setting my schooling jumps. But I figured my horse was already in show mode from the spring circuit, and it wouldn’t be many extra jumps than a lesson would be that week either, so off we went.

Our first four jumps were perfect…and then I jumped the outside line instead of the diagonal line! I heard an audible “such a bummer!” from the judge’s box as I walked back to the in-gate with my head in my hands.”