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    03-20-2012, 09:05 PM
Jumping in a show

There's a schooling show coming up in April and I'm entering my horse in the flat classes, but I would also kinda like to do the 18" cross rail class. He's jumped 2'6", but I've just done cross rails, like this would be, but I haven't jumped a course. I'm pretty confident over them and would really like to try it at the show, but I just don't want to get out there and make a fool of myself. I'm going to practice between now and then, but I don't know how much time I'll be able to devote to trying a full course. Do you think I would still be able to do the class? Has anyone else been in a cross rail class? Is it easy enough?
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    03-20-2012, 09:21 PM
I just competed in my first schooling show. I entered in the walk/trot class and 18" jumps. The only concern I had going in was how to figure out the jump course, but fortunately my trainer coached me through it. I'm so glad I did the jump class!
    03-20-2012, 09:22 PM
Was the course hard?
    03-20-2012, 09:38 PM
I say go for it! As long as you are confident and feel safe. Don't worry about what other people think, just have fun with your horse! My friend and I went to our first schooling show, it was also a first for our horses and we showed with 7 & 8 years olds...haha, we had a blast!
    03-20-2012, 09:42 PM
As long as you know the course, it is not that difficult to get around it. I have a show in April too!
    03-20-2012, 09:51 PM
No, the course wasn't hard once my trainer told me which direction to go! :) I had 4 jumps to get over, and planned to do all of them at the trot. However, the last two were in a line, and I ended up cantering the final jump. Since it was a hunter show, that's one of the reasons I placed 5th. Overall, a really good experience though!
    03-21-2012, 02:12 AM
If you want to do it and have jumped the height of the course, then I say go for it!

Even if you can not work on an actual jump courses at home very often between now and the show, you can work on "trotting-pole courses" instead, or drawing different courses out (or looking some up online) to practice remembering just so you get an idea of what is going to be expected in terms of needing to remember your course for the show, etc.

I am not sure what you ride, but when I rode hunters, while it was always a little nerve-racking, the lower level hunter courses were pretty easy if you pick them apart and really concentrate.

I always try to remember the courses by numbers and sometimes short descriptions: 1, 2-3 line, 4-5 diagonal, etc. Or if they are decorated or XC, 1 pumpkin, 2 log, 3 christmas tree, etc. Then, once you are going over a fence, cross it off your mental check list and focus on the next fence.
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    03-21-2012, 11:18 PM
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Usually the courses at the crossbar level are pretty simple. I say DO IT!! ;)
    03-23-2012, 04:34 PM
I say do it if you feel confident, because after all its a schooling show so everyones there to learn anyway, and enjoy themselfs! Have fun x
    03-25-2012, 11:02 PM
Schooling shows are there for a reason... to school.

I def would recommend trying to make a course of poles. It gives you an idea of how to think of a course as a whole without having to jump too.

Typically a x-rail class course is 4-8 fences around the outside or maybe a figure eight pattern. It's generally very beginner (and memory) friendly.

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