Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Cariboo, British Columbia
You ride very well, just a bit of tweeking here and there for position. Your horse is pretty steady as well, he just needs to get more softer in the poll, and shift more of his energy from his forehand to his hind end, but he looks very willing. Only pointers that I can help you with over the internet, is to keep your elbows in and make them heavy at your sides (relax them). Also when you turn, turn with your whole upper body, both shoulders, not just the inside one & the inside arm.
As for classes, I think you are beyond the walk/trot stage but I am only going by what I see at the shows I attend. Here, walk/trot is for someone who has not shown before, and that is the only riding class they can show in, no cross entries but your associations' rule could be different, this is Equine Canada I am referring to, so I will just state their rules. Here, green means first year under saddle, cross entries allowed, then we have age divisions, and skill divisions, no cross entries. Example, if you show Adult Novice (first 3 years showing, person, not horse!), you cannot show in the open Senior division, you pick a division and ride within that one. Sometimes we have open novice classes based on the horse, which means the horse entered cannot have won more than 3 firsts in that division, like english pleasure, huntseat eq, etc. Some horses complete in those classes for their whole show career, lol!
If there is anyway you can swing lessons with a good instructor, even if it's once or twice a month, definitely consider it. I need eyes on the ground watching me when I ride, otherwise I get really good at doing the wrong thing.