I hope this is in the proper forum!
I would like to show next year, because I think by then I will have a solid foundation with my riding and be able to enter some beginner classes or walk/trot at least. However, the barn I currently lesson with doesn't really show. My trainer shows his own horse but his horse is definitely too young and hot for my level and also much too large for me to be comfortable on. The only horse from that barn who could reliably travel to shows is a pony who is usually the children's schooling mount so he's probably too small anyway. This puts me in an awkward position. I love my trainer, but he only teaches out of this one barn.
So what would be the best approach to this? Everyone knows everyone and I would hate to step on anyone's toes, particularly as we'd all see each other at shows! I am new to horses and dealing with horse folks and I don't know if some barns are rival barns or how that works. I, of course, would not even be in a position where I could CONSIDER showing if not for him so I am eternally grateful, but I am prone to some anxiety about these things. I don't own a horse, so I am hoping that everyone understands my need to switch to a facility more suited to my needs. I have only been in one horse show in my life and it was a lead line competition when I was a child on a friend's horse. I have NO idea how shows work and I'm going to need someone who can walk me through all of this from the very, very beginning too and I figure the best place to find that would be at a competitive show barn!
Any suggestions would be dearly appreciated!