Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
Don't show off, just ride your best. Showing off will turn a judge off of you.
Don't cut other riders off, be aware of your surroundings.
Don't talk to your horse.
Do smile, make your ride look fun (even if it isn't - your job as a rider is to make the horse look like the best, easiest to ride horse out there!)
Do keep yourself and your horse in an area that's uncrowded. A judge is more likely to notice you if you're not stuck in a clump of horses.
Do keep calm and cool if your horse acts up. I've had a horse buck in a class before (right in front of the judge) and he liked how I handled the situation, and I got first in that class.
Most of all, if you don't place, thank the people involved anyways. Clap for the other riders and congratulate the winner.
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