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    01-31-2009, 09:43 AM
English Classes?

Hi all. I have ridden mainly western my whole life (barrels,poles,roping etc.). I recently got the opportunity to join 4h with my neighbor's horse, Zoey. She is trained to jump and also goes western. For 4h shows I am going to train her for barrels and poles and then do a few english classes on her. I have ridden english so I know the basics but I could use some help in the show ring.

I will probably be doing....

  • Novice WTC English Pleasure (may drop down to WT, not sure yet)
  • WTC Cross Rails Equitation - 2" or less
Any advice,tips,tricks, etc would be greatly appreciated! Also, clothing.....tehe. Even though it's just a 4H show, I know we have to be in full attire.
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    01-31-2009, 11:13 AM
Green Broke
Well. One of my tips for shows is always bring more than you need, because you will probably need it! And also a nice relitive to bring you bagels and coffee, haha! Just have fun with it! For the attire, you will need baige jodphors A nice hunt jacket A nice show shirt Gloves and tall boots REMEMBER TO GET THE BOOTS TO FIT NICLY AND BREAK THEM IN! Or if you are on a time crunch, you could get some paddock boots and leather half chaps And they look like a nice dress boot. If you need any brad sugestions you can ask!
    02-02-2009, 08:11 PM
Anyone else?
    02-03-2009, 04:19 PM
A good way to break your boots in is to put a hockey puck in each boot for several hours! :) If you have any questions that you are wanting to know, then just ask, and I will try to help out.
    02-03-2009, 05:59 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by horsegirl123    
A good way to break your boots in is to put a hockey puck in each boot for several hours! :) If you have any questions that you are wanting to know, then just ask, and I will try to help out.
What will that do?
    02-03-2009, 07:27 PM
I agree with StormyBlues there is some great ideas there!

Yeh I also want to know does the hockey puck make a difference??
    02-07-2009, 08:53 PM
For clothing I suggest:
Black tall boots, breaking them in is really easy, just use a ton of leather softener and stand on stairs. If you aren't use to them then I would ride in the a lot before showing in them, they have a different feel.
Navy or charcoal jacket and make sure it is fitted right. The back should not be too tight when you put your arms out and the bottom should hit you in the right place, a baggy jacket will make you look unpolished. When you get your number loop the string through the middle hole, tie a neat bow and tuck the bow between the buttons so that it is completely hidden (it looks a lot better than having the bow show). The shirt should be a subtle color, either solid or with a simple patten. I like monogramming my collars (with a color that matching the jacket), but that isn't needed. Pants should be beige or a greenish/beige-ish color and they can be slightly baggy. Your Helmet should be black.

I don't really have that many tips except try and stay away from the pack so you don't blend in too much and never pass right in front of the judge if they are on the side (they can't see you when you do that), take the inside track to pass them. When you line up try and get a spot in the middle, so the judge has one last chance to remember you.
    02-10-2009, 01:02 AM
Green Broke
I would suggest finding a trainer to take some lessons from. You need to have proper form over your fences and equitation on the flat. Even if it's just a few lessons, it will help.

As for attire, I would go with light colored breeches, a white long sleeved english shirt, and either tall boots or black paddock boots with black leather (smooth leather) half chaps. You shouldn't need a jacket for 4-H if they're smaller shows, and you should be able to get away with paddock boots and half chaps. If you want tall boots, get PVC or rubber boots to save money, and buy a nice used jacket on eBay. And of course, don't forget your helmet! If you can't afford a nice velvet show helmet, then get a schooling helmet and buy a velvet cover for it. That's what my daughter shows in and she does fine .

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