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        10-05-2011, 01:28 AM
      #11
    Yearling
    yeah.... that's maybe what I'll do....

    Like you said, play the game or stay at home... what a bummer.

    Cheers, Kris
         
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        10-05-2011, 01:33 AM
      #12
    Trained
    The good news is, braid it once the show is done and it will grow back lovely and long in no time at all. But I'm with ya on having to cut it......OUCH!
         
        10-05-2011, 09:58 PM
      #13
    Yearling
    She's only had 4 months under saddle and you're already going to worlds? Congrats!
         
        10-05-2011, 10:08 PM
      #14
    Started
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    Originally Posted by MsBHavin    
    She's only had 4 months under saddle and you're already going to worlds? Congrats!
    You never mentioned but Have you at least shown at an APHA breed show?? That would be a start to see how you perform as a team in a group of your peers & see how others are presenting their horses.I have shown breed shows & have seen the odd horse ridden in classes like pleasure,trail, etc in a long mane but not too often.If they are up to snuff in their performance they do get used,judges do look beyond the mane.at a world show venue though I could see it more frowned upon, particularly in horsemanship.
         
        10-06-2011, 12:20 AM
      #15
    Yearling
    I've shown all around on the paint circuit - earned over 100 APHA points on my old self-trained gelding, Gallant Drifter, including a superior in Novice Ammy showmanship and ROMs in horsemanship, wp, hus, trail, and reining - including the win at NWSS stock show in Denver in NA Showmanship (over 60 in the class including all the big time show folk)- in one year of showing - so I've definitely been out there... but Whiskey is only going to show in the Solid Paint Bred classes for fun ... we will do barrels, poles, stake race and then horsemanship.

    Our four year old gelding is doing the speed and we might actually be competitive, so she is coming along to keep him company, and I figured since she was there, why not?

    She is going pretty well, and I have exposed her to a lot this summer, but is (obviously) very, very green - we have no goals other than to have a really great road trip and get our pics taken under the world show sign - and the solid paint bred classes are very small - so no big deal... I have no illusions of beating anyone :) , and if she freaks, no biggie...

    I have been hauling her all summer to many different arenas, and she lopes the barrels and poles pretty well - and that is all I will ask her for as she is only three. I will be showing her locally next weekend, but since I have no grand expectations, no worries... I just want to make sure we don't embarrass ourselves, either... at the barrel clinic tonight our trainer said to leave it long and just band it - but I am thinking I will prepare myself to cut if she is "on" at the show after the speed classes, and before the horsemanship... if it looks like we'll pull a nice pattern, it'll come off - if she looks overwhelmed, then I'll band it and leave it...

    So we'll see...
    I have a member journal about our adventure so far, so if you want feel free to check it out and make any comments, helpful criticism always welcomed - it's called countdown to APHA world show, or something like that...
         

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