^what she said. There is an art to showmanship and it is not easy, although people may think it looks easy. I would suggest having someone who does well in showmanship, help you out. These classes and patterns are so precise, that even one small mistake like taking a little longer to set up can keep you off the judges card. I show Showmanship on the AQHA circuit and it's one of my fav classes. I've finished twice in the Top Ten at our Regional Champ shows and it was usually one teeny mistake that kept me out of the Top Five.
With Showmanship it's REALLY important to stay at your horse's head...your shoulder even with the top buckle on the halter, and to let your horse finish each movement before starting the next. For instance, a trot, to a halt to a back up. I've seen many people slam on the brakes, IMMEDIATELY turn to their horse and start a back up....when their horse has not stopped the forward motion at the trot yet. It's all about timing and flow.