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Horse Rescue Report: Choosing a Show Jumping Name

Banjo with some horse friends.

Banjo with some horse friends. | Photo courtesy of Cate Lamm

If you’ve ever tried to come up with a show jumping name for your horse, you know it can be hard.

Horse rescue advocate Cate Lamm shares how she chose a fancy name for her rescue horse, Banjo:

I was looking forward to competing in an upcoming training show at my new boarding facility; it was only two weeks away.

Banjo and I had already competed in a flat class. (In a hunter/jumper show, “flat” means no jumping.) We’d also ridden a short dressage test at our first dressage show. But this would be our first jumping competition.


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There was something missing though, now that our show career was about to really begin–Banjo needed a show name, one that was different from his regular, barn name. A good show name adds to a horse’s display of talent, and brings to mind an image. The image can be positive or negative.

So choosing a good show name can be tough. I decided to go online. Yes, there really are websites dedicated to helping people choose their horses’ stage title.

I found a fun page that even generates show names.

I’ve heard funny names, such as Jumpin’ Jack Rabbit. Or romantic ones, such as Prince’s Dark Hero. There are plays on words, such as A Roan Again, or Bay Be Mine. Get it? Alone again or baby mine.

I’d been trying to come up with Banjo’s show name for a long time; my friends had suggested names like Budweiser (because he looked like a Budweiser Clydesdale), Champion, Goliath, and Jumping Giant. But nothing was working.

Banjo’s show name finally came in an unexpected way. He loved all his horse friends at our new barn, but something was very clear: He didn’t look like most of the other horses at our boarding facility.

The facility was a hunter/jumper barn, and the majority of the horses were tall, thin, fine-boned Thoroughbreds. Banjo, being part Clydesdale and part Thoroughbred (with an emphasis on the Clydesdale), is a big boy.

Well, one day, we were riding in the indoor arena and one of the smaller horses was spooked by the sound of Banjo’s thundering hooves.

The frightened horse’s owner laughed and enjoyed the process of introducing her horse to my big guy. She said, “You should call him Percussion, because of the loud, rhythmic sound of his cantering hooves.”

There it was, his perfect show name: Percussion!

A-Home-For-Every-HorseIf you want more information on rescue horses or you want to locate a rescue near you, please check out AHomeForEveryHorse.com. Equine.com and the Active Interest Media Equine Network have joined forces with the American Horse Council’s Unwanted Horse Coalition to launch A Home for Every Horse Project.

This project helps find homes for America’s 170,000 to 200,000 horses in need of care and shelter.
Here’s how it works:
• Begin the search for your next equine partner at AHomeForEveryHorse.com. You can search horses waiting for homes at nonprofit shelters across the country. Browse by rescue horse, or find rescue organizations in your area.

• Visit the site’s “Services” section to learn about your local rescue organizations. Find out how you can volunteer, donate, or simply spread the word.

• Look for upcoming stories on EquiSearch.com related to horse rescue.

If your 501(c)(3) rescue organization would like to join the Home For Every Horse Project, call (866) 467-7323, ext. 100. Equine.com is a part of Active Interest Media Equine Network.

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