4-H western show, what to expect?

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    10-14-2010, 11:19 AM
4-H western show, what to expect?

My daughter has her first 4H show this weekend, but because of bad weather recently, they only have had 1 practice. This will be her (and my!) first show, and she wants to be prepared. Any ideas what it will be like, or what patterns to expect? She's showing as a beginner in WP, and Trail classes. Thanks!
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    10-14-2010, 02:01 PM
Well, here in California we do some pretty simple patterns for the 4-H kiddos. Usually they're done on a straight line, sometimes with a circle added at the end. Pretty easy-peasy. Trail's the same way. We usually have a gate, something to back through, a bridge, something to zig-zag through. It's all very basic.

Have fun! I'm excited for you an your daughter. :)

    10-14-2010, 02:15 PM
Around here 4-H western pleasure is pretty simple. They were asked to walk, trot, and canter (unless you were showing novice, then just walk trot), and back a few steps (make sure you are backing straight, they pay attention to this!). Trail we were usually asked to trot around barrels (like trees) get mail out of a box, go over a tarp, and cross a 'bridge', at varying gaits. It sounds like you are showing novice, and if that's the case we were never asked to pivot, open a gate, or other more advanced stuff.

We were also required to showmanship at every show. Make sure if this is the case for you guys, that you are prepared for this.

HOWEVER, 4-h rules vary from state to state (and county to county within reason) so the best person to ask would be your 4-H leader.

Good Luck!

Edit: By "you" I meen your daughter and her horse :)
    10-14-2010, 03:15 PM
Perfect, just the info I was looking for! Thank you! She will rock it.
    10-16-2010, 05:53 PM
We walked away with ribbons in both classes she entered. Thanks for the help and support, she was much more calm knowing what to expect!
    10-16-2010, 06:51 PM
Well Done! Congrats!
    10-16-2010, 09:58 PM
Originally Posted by BrewCrew    
We walked away with ribbons in both classes she entered. Thanks for the help and support, she was much more calm knowing what to expect!
Hooray!! Congrats.

    10-17-2010, 12:05 AM
Congrats :)

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