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post #1 of 14 Old 04-05-2012, 01:37 AM Thread Starter
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1st show for beginner adult - what to expect?

Hi everyone!
It's been too long since I've posted. I hope all is well with everyone.

I have my first dressage show in 3 weeks and I'm super excited. I'm doing a walk only test and a Intro test at the trot.

I bought my show attire from a local tack shop that was going out of business. I got a Tailored Sportsman (TS) coat and 2 TS breeches, show shirt (which I had embroidered with my initials), gloves, Ariat belt, Charles Owen helmet...the great thing is that everything was priced within my original budget because I surely wouldn't have spent retail for the higher end brands.

So I'll at least look the part LOL but I'm unsure about what to expect in general. Are there any faux pas I should be mindful of? General show etiquette? Will people look at me crazy because I'm all excited and smiling like I belong in a Colgate commercial? How did you mentally prepare for your first show?

I'll be sure to post pictures and video after the show.
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I actually would like to know the answer to this too! Sorry to piggy back on your post but I too am a newbie at shows!
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lol no problem.
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Don't know much about Dressage, but I have some general tips.

1. Don't give advice and don't take advice from strangers.
2. Don't make last minute training changes or teach something new.
3. Don't over warm-up, don't under warm-up.
4. Give your horse ample time to relax and see the sights.
5. Bring plenty of hay and water. Rent a stall if it's gonna be a long day.
6. Be friendly, but don't bug people who look like they're concentrating.
7. Listen to your horse through warming up and deal with issues right away.
8. Memorize your patterns.
9. Don't over practice a pattern. Work on elements, but keep the horse fresh.
10. Do your best, but if you have to blow a class for a training reason, it's best to do it now than let the problem grow later.

Have fun and breathe!
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Thanks for the tips! I would have never thought about #1.

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Don't know much about Dressage, but I have some general tips.

1. Don't give advice and don't take advice from strangers.
2. Don't make last minute training changes or teach something new.
3. Don't over warm-up, don't under warm-up.
4. Give your horse ample time to relax and see the sights.
5. Bring plenty of hay and water. Rent a stall if it's gonna be a long day.
6. Be friendly, but don't bug people who look like they're concentrating.
7. Listen to your horse through warming up and deal with issues right away.
8. Memorize your patterns.
9. Don't over practice a pattern. Work on elements, but keep the horse fresh.
10. Do your best, but if you have to blow a class for a training reason, it's best to do it now than let the problem grow later.

Have fun and breathe!
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It is always a good idea to go to a show just to watch. You can get an idea of how things are run without any of the pressure.
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If you make a mistake on course, the judge will ring a bell.

Stop and listen to the judge's instructions on how and where to re-start your test. If you can't her him well, just ride on over to him.

You have 45 seconds to enter the arena at A after the judge rings the start bell.

oh vair oh's list is really good.
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Good grief, that sounds nerve wrecking to hear a bell alert you of a mistake. While I don't want to make a mistake, I'm going to practice and have my trainer ring a bell, so I can be prepared for how it will "feels" and how best to respond without losing my focus.
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in the warm up ring make sure you are passing left-to-left, and call out inside/outside to keep things in order.

B-R-E-A-T-H-E

bring extras of anything you have

dont forget a first-aid kit, it gives you a peace of mind being prepared.

make lists of everything and double check it!

make sure your hair is neatly tucked into your helmet WITH A HAIRNET(or in a low, covered bun)

bring LOTS of water, better safe then sorry!

make sure your bit is allowed

it never hurts to have rags, they work for last minute cleaning, sweating, polishing...

every so often i like to tell myself im having fun, because if i tell myself enough, i usually am(:
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Are you braiding?

I show dressage as well and my trainer always says one thing before I go into the ring. "Remember, the judge is being paid to watch you. Do NOT rush through your test. Only think about the current movement and what is coming up. "
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