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Mkirby

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Mkirby says:

First show on Sunday and in need of help!

Ok well i'm going to hack Lilly down to a local show on sunday, hopefully she will be ok with the atmosphere. Well i'm pretty sure she will be fine, it's just me i am worried about! i'm worried i will make a fool out of myself in the classes i'm doing with her! I have never done a show before and am a bit confused of what to do in the classes! they are both ridden classes: Novice showing for the novice horse & Riding horse. What do i do for my individual show and all that type stuff?... I keep thinking "oh what if she plays up" or "what if i make a fool out of myself or i do something wrong?" I know you are meant to be confident and I always am around Lilly because i don't want to show her i'm nervous...help?

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izzymcq

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izzymcq says:

Re: First show on Sunday and in need of help!

 Well first of all, it doesn't really help that you are hacking down to the show because there is a chance she could get tired out. Nerves are the things you will need, at my first dressage test I was so terrified but I just smiled and the horse and audience didn't even notice I was scared! Maybe to get her to not be so wowed when she first goes to the show, hack down to venue sometime in the week of the show so she doesn't panic too much. If you look at the advice tab at the top, click on rider's advice and scroll down to the bottom to see an article title called Guide To Competition Success, that will help you a lot and it has reliable and helpful information for first timers to showing. Don't worry too much on the turnout for your first competition, just make sure you are both neat, tidy, and you ride the test well. That's what the judges will look out for, and try a smile or two- that always boosts the judges impressions. To not show Lilly you are nervous, try and ride the same as always and take a few yoga breaths and think about it. If you and Lilly withdraw at last minute then you will regret it for the rest of your life! I know this from past experiences. Once I was so scared at this jumping show I dropped out, and I felt so ashamed afterwards and wanted to do the show so badly afterwards. Wow, I've blabbed on a bit. Sorry if this is too long.

Hope this helps! :D

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izzymcq

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izzymcq says:

Re: First show on Sunday and in need of help!

Below is the link to the competition success article I was telling you about

http://www.yourhorse.co.uk/Improve-your-riding/Left-Hand-Nav/Rider-Advice/Your-Guide-to-Competition-Success/ 

 

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Mkirby

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Mkirby says:

Re: First show on Sunday and in need of help!

thanks :) I did ask to use a trailer but the guy who owns it kinda doesn't want to make two trips as he is already taking some other people :( I think we will be ok hacking down there as we once walked 6 miles because we got lost and she wasn't even tired! haha anyway she is a fit beastie so she should be ok especially if i give her a rest when i get there and some water and a haynet!

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Stormbeauty

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Stormbeauty says:

Re: First show on Sunday and in need of help!

Hi,

Hope it goes well i am doing my first show in september i will be nervous wreck too lol.

Good Luck

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dollymix

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dollymix says:

Re: First show on Sunday and in need of help!

When i was a teenager, we didn't have any transport and we always used to hack our ponies to the show, which was about an hour away! Just meant  bit of planning to get there in time...and someone in a cat to be support - to bring your gear, brushes rugs (incase of rain!) and water etc.

 

We always had a lovely time!

 

You don't need to be nervous either!! Local shows are small and friendly! The whole idea of local riding clubs is to be inclusive and to encourage normal horse owners (i.e non professional) to get out and about and enjoying their horses and ponies! Plus, more professional riders use RC shows in order to give young or inexperienced horses their first taste of the showring...which means that the horses there aren't all going to be perfectly behaved!! lol

 

You will have a lovely time...regarding your local show, keep it simple. I walk away from the judge, turn and trot back past them, do a figure of eight in trot to change the rein and then pick up canter on one rein...do a half circle, trotting across the diagonal and then picking up canter on the other rein. Again, another half circle before coming back to trot and turning in down an imaginary cenre line, coming to walk then halt. and bow to the judge by putting reins into left hand and putting right arm down to my side - plus a big smile to the judge and a quick 'thank you'!

 

Don't worry to much about how your horse will behave. Give yourself plenty of time before your class in order to walk your horse around and let her get used to the atmosphere. But please get off her to walk around! my biggest bugbear at shows is people using their poor horse as a day-long armchair!! Plus, as you are doing Novice Ridden Showing, the judge will not be looking for perfection - just nice manners and to see you enjoying yourself!

 

Good luck and HAVE FUN

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Bardybear

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Bardybear says:

Re: First show on Sunday and in need of help!

Relax, it'll be fine!  By all means, hack there, it will help to settle her.  You will go in the ring and ride .  round in an anti-clockwise direction for a few minutes.  The judge will have her first look at you.  Then either she or the steward will ask you to line up along one side of the ring.  Then you'll be called out by the judge one by one.  Listen carefully to what  the judge says.  She'll probably ask you how old your horse is, a bit of chit-chat to relax you!  Then she might say, "Walk away from me, turn and trot towards me, then do your show."  Try to make sure you're not first in the line-up so you can watch what other people do.  All the judge wants to see is a bit of walk, trot and canter on both reins.  This isn't dressage, it doesn't have to go on for ages, but on the other hand, I wouldn't be too quick, you've got just as much right to the judge's attention as all the other competitors.  When you've finished, face the judge and salute her.  Don't include a rein-back in your 'show' unless your horse is very good at it.  Then ride in walk back to the line-up until everyone is finished.  The judge will probably make you all walk around again while she makes her final selection.  Keep your eyes on her at all times, as she may call you in but if you aren't looking she may well pick someone else (yes, it happens!)  It is okay to smile, but there's no reason why you shouldn't just concentrate on riding your horse, completing the show, then giving a nice smile at the end when you salute the judge.

AND there's nothing wrong with going, feeling too nervous to do it, and coming home, loads of people do that and just go the first time to let their horse get used to the atmosphere.  There are plenty more shows during the year.  But hopefully you'll like the look of it, and go and have some fun.  Let us know how you get on.

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oldmare

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oldmare says:

Re: First show on Sunday and in need of help!

 sarah used to position herself midway on the line up.   before your individual show you will walk, trot and possibly canter round the ring, line up , do your  individual and after everyone else has done theirs , walk , trot round the ring again. whilst the judge(s) are making up there minds.    if you find when going round the ring you are a bit close to horse in front , do a small circle and join in again to give yourself a bit of space.   best of luck for sunday,  just enjoy yourself and use it for experience for your both.  if you get placed it will be a big bonus.  ensure you have plenty of time to arrive and rest her up a bit before the time of your show.   I always carried one of those shoe cleaner sponges  and wiped the bridle, sides of the saddle and sarah's boots just to smarten up a bit.

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ShortCircuit

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ShortCircuit says:

Re: First show on Sunday and in need of help!

 

Both of your classes are nice and simple to do, but the more you get into it, the more complicated it gets!

 

However, you'll be fine! The very correct tack and turnout for Riding Horse classes is is navy hat with a leather chinstrap, navy jacket, coloured tie or stock that matches your horse’s browband, white shirt, cream/beige/fawn jodhpurs, long black boots, brown gloves and a showing cane. Your horse should be pristine, with the aforementioned coloured velvet browband, brown tack, an odd number of plaits down his neck, even including the forelock, all whiskers, ears and fetlocks trimmed, no boots/bandages, a pulled tail and some quartermarks.

However, as this is a local show, just try and get as close to the above as possible, without breaking the bank. There's no need to buy new tack for a riding club show!

In your class you will walk around the arena in open order, the judge will look at each horse and judge its manners. Then the steward will ask for trot, and you will all trot around. Here is where people begin to try to cut you up in front of the judge! If they do this, simply circle back around and trot in front of the judge when there's a free space. I've also found riding slightly off the track helps, as they don't want to crash into the steward! Then they will ask for canter, and perhaps a gallop (which in riding horse classes is a slight extension of canter, more like your jumping canter) Then the judge will pull you in in his desired order. Then depending on the judging, you will either do an individual show, or the judge will ride your horse. Make your individual show short and snappy, a walk, trot and canter on each rein on a figure of eight usually works fine, with a bit of a gallop if you want to, but that's mainly a hunter horse thing. Then you may have to do a strip (your horse, not you!). For this take off your horse's saddle, and lead him up to the judge, stand him up for the judge to look at his conformation, then walk away, trot back in a straight line (aim at the judge, they will get out of the way!), then trot back to your space in the lineup, put on your saddle again and get mounted up for your first place prize and lap of honour ;)

Best of luck!

 

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Mkirby

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Mkirby says:

Re: First show on Sunday and in need of help!

The man with the trailer did take us to the show which saved a lot of time and energy, Lilly was so well behaved she was amazing we didn't place in the novice horse class but we got 6th place in the riding horse class! It was very strong class with lovely horses competing in it so I am very proud of Lilly

It was an amazing day!

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Spice012

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Spice012 says:

Re: First show on Sunday and in need of help!

Well done you both look amazing! It was awesome how the guy with the trailer took you down it will have saved some of Lily's energy! Congragulations and look forward to your next comp because they are amazing and great fun

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