for sure start in the open show circut. Show there for a year or so then try a breed show. I would also suggest attending a couple breed shows so you can familiarize yourself on the way your particular breed is shown in halter (if your choosing to show in hang) and then train your horse accordingly. But for sure start in open shows. Most open shows have breed specific in hand and under saddle classes so that could also be a less stressful way to try showing against other horses of your breed. I prefer open shows to breed shows. There is alot of drama and politics I've noticed in the 3 breeds that we do show at the breed shows. AQHA, Welsh and Arabian. I rarely do the Arab circut but we try to do at least 6 AQHA and Welsh shows a season to promote our horses and our breeding operation.
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