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  • I have a big show and i am nervous
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    08-23-2009, 08:37 PM
  #1
Weanling
Big Show, Big Nerves

Ok so there is a group in my state that does a series of 3 horses shows and you can run for points. At the end of the year, you get a total divsion championship if you have the most points total in your division, and you get a smaller prize for each individual class you end up champion or reserve champion for.

Anyway... I have been to two of the shows, the third(which I am going to.) is Sep. 6th. So Dallas and I are not only champion in our division, but we're champion in each of our individual classes. I am so nervous I'll blow it at the last show. Dallas is such a good boy and I'd love nothing more than to see him win this Championship espiecaly after all he's been through. Also if he champs at this show it means we're ready for bigger and better things. So if the pressure isn't already enough, at the last show we could end up high point of the day since I am doing all the classes in my division and all the jumping classes. So much on the line, so nervous... Any advice?
     
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    08-23-2009, 10:39 PM
  #2
Weanling
Advice...... BREATHE. If you tense up, so will your horse, and then it will all go downhill. When you're looking at your patterns, memorizing them, add in places where you will breathe. I mean literally, you go as you're learning the pattern like this -- "Okay, this is jump one, this is jump two, go left. Breathe. Here's jump three, go right. Breathe."

That way, if you forget to breathe and relax, you will have those marked intervals where you remember that.

Also... Don't think of it as a huge show. Just think of it as just another local horse show, it's all about having fun. The more relaxed you are, the less mistakes you'll make. Sounds like you have the potential and ability to do this! If you made it this far, don't freak about it.

Relax. Breathe.

Good luck! Tell me how it ends up!
     
    08-23-2009, 11:14 PM
  #3
Foal
If you have an ipod listen to it on the way to the show, then remember one song you really like and just sing it in your head all day
     
    08-24-2009, 02:15 AM
  #4
Yearling
Yes. I agree listen to your Ipod. Make sure your have your favourite songs that inspire you. I also have a special song which I hum while I'm riding. It helps calm me down. And I'm pretty sure my horse knows the tune too. I think he knows that when I'm humming I wanna be in the zone and perfect.
     
    08-24-2009, 08:15 AM
  #5
Foal
The way that I cope with nerves is that I just do the whole 'deep breaths' thing and get myself into a relaxed state. From there, I just focus on myself, or in this case, yourself and the horse.

The best way for me to feel confident is to believe that everyone observing what I'm doing is lucky to be there. Remember that when it's your time to shine, it's all you and the horse, baby!

Of course, I have no experience in this area.
     
    08-24-2009, 12:32 PM
  #6
Yearling
Something I do to keep myself calm is treat any and all shows as if it something small. Like a schooling show or pretened you are at home schooling with your barn buddies or trainer in your show outfit to get an idea of how it fits before your 'real' show. This helps me a lot to think about it as schooling for something else. I've found I am A LOT more relaxed when I'm in that state of mind appose to "OMg! This is the final show! I can't mess up! We're ahead but what if I drop a rail? I would look so stupid" etc. etc. Hope we all helped you out! And have fun while you are winning Champion!
     
    08-24-2009, 07:35 PM
  #7
Foal
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Originally Posted by Dartanion    
Something I do to keep myself calm is treat any and all shows as if it something small. Like a schooling show or pretened you are at home schooling with your barn buddies or trainer in your show outfit to get an idea of how it fits before your 'real' show. This helps me a lot to think about it as schooling for something else. I've found I am A LOT more relaxed when I'm in that state of mind appose to "OMg! This is the final show! I can't mess up! We're ahead but what if I drop a rail? I would look so stupid" etc. etc. Hope we all helped you out! And have fun while you are winning Champion!
Self presuasion is the way to go. Persuade yourself into believing that what you're about to do is run of the mill.
     
    08-25-2009, 08:01 AM
  #8
Weanling
Thanks for the wonderful advice everyone!
     
    08-25-2009, 09:51 PM
  #9
Weanling
Congrats on your success so far and best of luck to you at the show. Here are two different ways I approach things, see if you think either one would work for you.

The first would be to approach it like you would any other show. Get into your routine and stay in it - both you and your horse will benefit from it. Memorize and walk your courses the same way you normally would, and warm-up and show the same way you normally would. You have made it this far, so you know your stuff. Just use it. (my routine - get to the barn and go work my horse, then bathe. Put him in the stall and feed him, get myself cleaned up then him. Go and memorize my patterns, warm-up, and show. My horse is so used to it he won't even look for food until after his bath )

The other one is my own little way that works for me, but hey, I'm weird. I go to a couple of shows a year where there are 50 + horses in each of my classes, and multiple world and Congress champions in each class. I go in working my rear end off to do the best I can, but hey, I'm showing on a horse that cost me $1200 to buy vs $120,000 for some of the others. I'm not supossed to win. I'm just going to ride. This attitude for some reason works for me, and I put in my best rides of the year at these shows, and have won the circuit championships at these shows. (and then blown it the next weekend at a show I'm supossed to win at).

You will eventually figure out what works best for you, and just remember there is always next year. Let us know how the show goes for you.
     
    08-29-2009, 12:49 AM
  #10
Yearling
Hi I am on the same boat I have a big show coming to. What I do to contain my nerves is I picture myself in a bubble no one can see me in it I fix my mistakes but only very suttle. This has helped me alot=)
     

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