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    03-25-2011, 10:51 PM
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Yearling
1st show in 6years

Tomorrow morning, I'm doing my first horse show in 6 years. Previously, I was competing in Novice Eventing & Level 1 Jumpers. However, I took a good 5-6 years off of jumping, & spent 3-4 of those years pretty much completely out of the saddle, so now I've pretty much gotten to start back over from basics in order to get my form & muscle memory back. I also went from riding my hot TB who needed very little leg, to now riding a mare who needs a TON of leg (& my leg strength & stamina is certainly not what it used to be)! It's so strange (& slightly frustrating) to actually have to really WORK now to get a horse to canter or give me a proper jump. I'm back with the same trainer I'd always ridden with, so luckily she knows exactly what I used to be capable of, it's just going to take a while to get me back there! I'm 11 lessons in now, & I'm making the 60-mile-each-way commute twice a week to ride with her, so I suppose I just have to be patient. Next time I decide to move away from my trainer for several years at a time - someone remind me not to!

So tomorrow, I'm doing my very first Hunter schooling show (my Eventing trainer thought it'd be a "just for fun" way to get me back into show mode). I'm doing a flat class, a hunter hack class, & 2 cross-rail classes. I haven't done a cross-rail class since I was 10! So while I feel slightly silly to be competing at this level, I'm excited to be showing again! And also nervous - Hunter judges scare me! Haha. My biggest fear is not being able to get Dancer moving forward enough, although I'm hoping the show environment will be enough motivation for her to be excited so that I don't have to wear out my legs.
Hopefully we'll do okay!
     
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    03-25-2011, 11:25 PM
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My biggest fear is not being able to get Dancer moving forward enough, although I'm hoping the show environment will be enough motivation for her to be excited so that I don't have to wear out my legs.

She should feel your adrenaline and excitement and that will help as well. :)

I wish you luck! :) Have loads of fun.
     
    03-26-2011, 07:44 PM
  #3
Yearling
Thanks!
We got 6th in Equitation (apparently my back wasn't arched enough =\ how is that functional?), 4th in Hunter Hack, 4th in our first fences class, & 3rd in our final fences class.
     
    03-26-2011, 08:47 PM
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We got 6th in Equitation (apparently my back wasn't arched enough =\ how is that functional?)

Yay! Good for you! :) I thought ones back had to be straight when riding??
     
    03-26-2011, 08:53 PM
  #5
Yearling
That's what I thought, too =\ apparently not according to the judges at this show. My trainer warned me that it was going to be this way, so considering that I ride with the posture of an eventer, I'm pleased that I even placed.
     
    03-26-2011, 08:55 PM
  #6
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Weird... well when I eventually show I'll keep in mind to arch my back more. :/ Maybe it's more for the look?
     
    03-27-2011, 12:40 PM
  #7
Yearling
Are you going to be showing Hunters? I think it probably depends on what the individual judges like. Apparently this judge liked that posing/perched look.
     
    03-27-2011, 01:36 PM
  #8
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Well I am not sure yet. I would like to do hunters and when I become a really confident and good rider, jumpers! I would love to do cross country as well. :)
     
    03-27-2011, 05:35 PM
  #9
Foal
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Originally Posted by Quixotic    
Thanks!
We got 6th in Equitation (apparently my back wasn't arched enough =\ how is that functional?), 4th in Hunter Hack, 4th in our first fences class, & 3rd in our final fences class.
If it had been a normal hunter class, you probably wouldn't have gotten dinged for it. But equitation? That's a different beast. Equitation's more 'showy' for the rider.

Congrats on the placings! I'll be jumping back into the show ring myself in a few months.
     
    03-27-2011, 09:15 PM
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Hmmm. I see.
     

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