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    07-13-2011, 10:52 AM
  #1
Yearling
Any NBHA members on here? Newbie questions!

I posted on another forum about this but then I realized I don't remember anyone being a member of NBHA so...they probably can't help me.

I joined the NBHA over the winter with intentions on showing this summer. It rolled around to the first show and I realized I really have not a clue about anything for the NBHA and decided to just stick with gaming. Now I'm kinda wanting to do NBHA shows again...a little late but oh well!

The thing is NBHA is certainly NOT beginner friendly and I don't know any member personally that I can ask for help. I have all sorts of questions...I'm hoping there is a member or a few on here that can help? I feel like alot of my questions are just plain silly but I don't know the answers just the same.

So, here goes...
First off, does your horse have to be a certain amount of 'good' to run? I mean I'm not going to be bringing a horse that's blowing through turns or bucking mid pattern, but I don't know how my mare is going to be compared to those horses. Does it matter? I've been to one NBHA show and saw some less than impressive runs so that gave me some hope LOL.

Secondly, I know the difference between 1D-4D but when a show is advertised as 3D (that's what I most commonly see) how do you know if your horse is 3D if it's your first time showing with NBHA, is that what the exhibitions are for? Yep...I don't know what exhibitions are for even

And finally, sponsers. Do you NEED a sponser to be able to compete?

I didn't realize there was so much to it, I don't want to waste this years membership when I really DO want to show. If I don't ask these questions SOMEWHERE, I'm just going to keep wanting to show but won't be able to.

I've been doing gaming with my mare this year and she's finally getting to the point where she's ready to be 'pushed' which has brought my thoughts back to NBHA.

ANY help or advice would be greatly appreciated!!
     
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    07-13-2011, 01:26 PM
  #2
Banned
First off, does your horse have to be a certain amount of 'good' to run? I mean I'm not going to be bringing a horse that's blowing through turns or bucking mid pattern, but I don't know how my mare is going to be compared to those horses. Does it matter? I've been to one NBHA show and saw some less than impressive runs so that gave me some hope LOL.

No. I've seen all levels even at the local NBHAs, from (actual!) NFR horses in the off season, to kids on crippled Percheron crosses hobbling across the arena and crashing into the barrels.

Secondly, I know the difference between 1D-4D but when a show is advertised as 3D (that's what I most commonly see) how do you know if your horse is 3D if it's your first time showing with NBHA, is that what the exhibitions are for? Yep...I don't know what exhibitions are for even

Exhibitions are just practice runs to tune your horse. Pay $5, get a chance to go in the arena and school on the pattern--either to work out kinks, or to go through slowly and try to keep your horse calm, or to show him things in the pen so he doesn't spook when he sees them for the first time during a run. But many people abuse exhibitions and run their horses over and over and over into the ground.

I'm surprised about a 3D NBHA--are you positive that's what it was? Either that, or your district must do things way different than my old district, or the rules have changed in the past couple years. NBHA is supposed to be run on a 4D format, with 1/2, 1/2, and 1 second splits. Unless they're just paying 1 and 1 seconds splits, but still accumulating 4D points for the world show? Huh.

A solid 1D horse is going to be one who's among the fastest every time. Worth quite a bit of moolah. A 4D horse knows the pattern but isn't all that fast, and will sometimes get lucky enough to fall two seconds off and get a check. A 1D horse can trip and stumble, losing time...and win a 3D check. It's really a gamble for placing in the money.


And finally, sponsers. Do you NEED a sponser to be able to compete?

I never knew a single person who had a sponsor, except for a the huge world show level, like the Steinhoff crew and all them.
     
    07-13-2011, 02:25 PM
  #3
Yearling
Thanks! That helps quite a bit, and you're right...I got mixed up - it is 4D format.

I think I just need to get brave and go to a show!
     
    08-03-2011, 04:28 PM
  #4
Foal
Kmdstar, you can message me with any questions if you have them!!:) I've been barrel racing in the nbha forever, my gmaw raced in the nbha too!! Before you started going to the bigger ones, then qualified for world...(she didnt go because her horse foundered) but yeah:) anyway I would be happy to help ya out if you need anything!!
     

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