Could I show by May?

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    11-30-2013, 08:49 PM
Could I show by May?

Hi everyone! I found out my stable has their own registered shows, once a month, from May to October (I think... They removed their show schedule for the winter). They have hunter and jumper classes, from lead-line to four feet. I don't like competing in Hunter classes, since you can do your best, but the judge might not like your riding style. In show jumping, it's all on you. Anyways, I've always wanted to be a jumper, and now that opportunity... MIGHT be there? I have no clue if I'll be able to jump by May! So, I need your help figuring it out...
I can walk and trot with and without stirrups pretty well, and I'm just getting comfortable at the canter. I have an alright seat, but haven't tried without stirrups yet. Or at the two-point. I ride once a week for an hour, and have only ridden at this stable since August (So... about 4 months?) after a three month break, where I already had a really good trot. In 4 months, I worked on my sitting trot and two-point, and learned to canter.
My instructor has had me try to jump over cross-rails just to get the feeling of the jump, so we can work on my two-point. This was at the trot, and because my lesson horse is a little on the lazy side, we're trying it at a canter for the next few lessons.
So, at my current level and rate, do you think that by May, I could potentially do a small jumping class, maybe cross-rails or heck, even a foot?
PS. I've shown once before at a small fair in walk-trot Equitation and Hack, too.
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    11-30-2013, 08:51 PM
Everyone advances at their own pace. Only riding an hour a week slows things down but that doesn't mean you shouldn't set a goal and work toward it. Why not? Good luck. Let us know how your lessons are progressing.
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    11-30-2013, 08:53 PM
I think you could be, what does your instructor think?
    12-01-2013, 08:38 AM
I haven't asked her, but knowing that they have their own shows in a few months AND that I'm starting to jump already makes me a little antsy and suspicious that I might be riding in one of them.
    12-01-2013, 11:57 AM
Ask. She knows you and your riding skill better than any of us do. If you put your mind to it and work really hard I think you definitely could. At shows they usually have different classes for different levels. Ranging heights as well. Good luck!
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    12-01-2013, 01:26 PM
Your instructor know your ability the best. Just talk to her/him about it. My 9 year old just asked his instructor to "get me ready to show next year". His way of telling her he's ready for her to push him harder.
    12-01-2013, 02:10 PM
I agree: talk to your instructor.

I did want to correct one thing: Hunter classes don't judge you as a rider. They focus more on the horse. Equitation judges the rider.

What kind of horse do you have access to? Jumper classes are all speed, so you do you have something athletic enough to compete? Is this a rated or a schooling show?
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    12-02-2013, 04:34 PM
Originally Posted by Zexious    
What kind of horse do you have access to? Jumper classes are all speed, so you do you have something athletic enough to compete? Is this a rated or a schooling show?
My lesson horse is a half-draft, and although I wasn't riding her, my friend rode her in a jumping class before (Can't remember how high, but it wasn't cross-rails). She's pretty athletic if you can get her going :) The show isn't rated, I don't think... But I'd have to check when they post the new competition schedule.
    12-05-2013, 03:13 PM
If it's just a school schooling show, then go for it. Entries are less, and they don't typically charge a grounds or tack room rental fee. Plus, you don't need something super competitive to place or have fun. (Some are more competitive than others, of course)

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