The best way to learn about showing is to go and watch and ask questions, or even volunteer yourself to help someone who does show. In and inhand class you will be expected to walk round the ring with the rest of the class. The judge will watch you all and will halt the lead pony at some point in the ring, then you will be asked to trot round the ring one at a time. After this you will all walk round again together. The judge will then call you into the line up. When you are lined up the judge will call you out one by one to stand your pony up for inspection, then you will be asked to lead your pony away from the judge, turn around and trot straight back at the judge. The judge will watch the pony from behind as it walks away, then from the front as it trots back. don't worry about running the judge over. he or she will move! Keep trotting round the ring until you get back to behind the line up of ponies, then walk and walk back to your place and line up again. When the judge has seen you all, you will all be asked to walk around again while the judge chooses the placings. You will then be called back in to line up in your places. You can practise at home by teaching your pony to stand square, walk up in hand next to you, and trot up in hand. when you turn your pony you must always turn it away from you not pull it round towards you. You can get someone to practise being 'judge' and walk round your pony so that it is used to someone looking round it. If you have friends with ponies who are willing to, you could hold a mock class where you all practise the above to get your pony used to being with other ponies and having to behave. Your pony will be expected to have good manners and not fidget too much or kick out at other ponies. If you do go to a show, arrive in plenty of time to let your pony have a look round and settle before your class.
23 February 2009 02:16