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Why you should ALWAYS write the phonetic spelling of your horse's show name...

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As a person who spends a fair amount of time announcing dressage shows I can completely understand mispronouncing a horse or rider's name (especially when the given name is in Gaelic or some other language where 'normal' English letters like 'J' aren't really letters). However there comes a moment when good sense should kick in and you should probably ask yourself if you think someone would REALLY name their horse whatever you're about to send booming across the show grounds. ;) I'm pretty sure that the moniker 'Wet Lady' would fail that last test but I must admit to being highly amused by everyone's reactions to it.

Uploaded by morgane at 00:16 on 14 November 2012


Gravatar Posted at 21:25
Wed 10 Dec 2014
by christy gerhardt

i also enjoy how the public address system distorts the sound of these horse's names. watching on a cross country course, far away from the announcer, i heard "next horse on course would be 'turkey leg'". of course, it was something else entirely, but that was 15 years ago and i still remember that 'alter name'

Gravatar Posted at 12:33
Wed 14 Nov 2012
by Manon

That happened to my brother all the time. Unless the announcer personally knew him or my mum, the announcement would be "Hugo Del-oo-ayne / Delorney riding Hidcotes First Dancer (or other fancy pronounceable show name), owned by Florence Delaney / Daloon".

Our surname is Delaune (pronounced 'delohn') and I'm pretty sure in English, 'au' still makes the same 'o' sound as it does in French.

On the other hand, my Mum still can't pronounce her ponies's and horses' show names quite right and can't spell their stable names either.

I therefore personally think that a new universal language should be invented solely for the purpose of naming all horses and all riders should be allowed to chose or be given a pseudonym in this new equestrian language. I'm sure those who have imported horses or compete abroad would embrace this ingenious idea.

If Tolkien can do it, so can we!

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