I've had horses for 4 years now, and I've went to watch plenty of horse shows.
I'm 17, and I'm not apart of any 4-H groups
I'm considering showing this year, but I really don't know /anything/ about showing.
I live in the thumb of Michigan, and we always have little local shows. I'd love to take my five year old mare into the shows. Western events. But as I said, I don't know anything about showing.
I'd be showing at a local fair mostly.
So I have a few questions (and I'm guessing they vary depending on what or where unfortunately)
Do I need a trainer? (I'd like to possibly do some gymkhana. Barrel racing or something (at a trot the first few times probably :P. As well as some western pleasure and possibly halter?)
What paper work is involved? (I know that coggins need to be done)
What fees are there?
What are the tack requirements? (I ride my girl bitless. She really doesn't respond well to a bit. And are there special tack needed for gymkhana events?)
do you /have/ to stay on the fair grounds? we live just a half hour away. It may be easier to just stay home?
Thank you for all your help! I'm sure i'll think of more questions :P