Let me start by saying I love a good thunderstorm. I like the excitement of watching the clouds roll in, listening to the thunder rumble, and trying to predict how much rain we’ll get.

This impending thunderstorm scared all horses and riders back to the barns during a recent show.

Photo: Alexandra Beckstett

Watching black clouds form when I’m wearing my white breeches and freshly laundered hunt coat and getting ready to go into the ring, however, is a different story. No one–including my leather saddle–likes to show in a downpour.

Such was the case a few weekends ago when the Kentucky Horse Park was treated to line after line of storms during a big hunter/jumper show. I got all dressed up, groomed and tacked my horse, made the trek from the barns to the hunter ring, warmed up to show, and BOOM. Thunder and lightning means everyone off their horses and back to the barns until at least 30 minutes have passed since the last lightning strike–horse show rules.

I repeated this “get ready to go in the show ring” drill three times before finally completing my rounds hours later. A huge annoyance, but for good reason. Severe weather and riding don’t mix.

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