Being in a horse show is not for everybody. Not everyone wants to do the same thing when it involves horses.
I’m not here to say one discipline of horsemanship is better than the other. It’s important for everyone to understand that horseback riding and ownership can take you down many different paths (literally).
I’m here to share with you my background and my experiences. My wife
and I own a hunter jumper stable. The boys and girls who ride there all
generally like to go out, jump fences and enter horse shows.
When it’s time to begin horse showing expect a lot of nerves to come out. You want to be dressed appropriately. By this I don’t mean spending as much money as possible to get all the proper equipment.
The cost of the show itself can be enough of a burden, you want to make sure that you are neat and tidy. Find a nice white shirt and wear your hair up so it doesn’t stick out and appear sloppy or in the way.
You don’t want to put yourself in the poor House. Take your time and make sure this is something you really want to stick with,
The first horse show at my farm, for a beginner student, usually involves
being in a lead line class. That’s where someone leads you around the ring while on horseback.
Your job is to maintain a proper riding position and follow instructions. While in the class you want to make sure that you smile and don’t forget to breathe.
You can tell once the class is over because the announcer or judge will tell you to line up facing the judge. While in line the judge may come over and talk to you.
Sometimes they will ask you questions about parts of your horse or tack. The questions don’t usually get real technical or involved but you should be prepared.
When the judge is through he or she will go and hand the results of the horse show to the announcer. If your name gets called the ribbon will usually be brought to you.
If that is the case then remain in line until everybody receives their ribbon.