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        10-11-2013, 12:00 PM
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    Foal
    Couple of Pre-show Questions!

    Hello everyone! I'm showing TOMORROW and have a few last minute questions. Well, not really questions... but just confirmations.
    I'm riding in Walk-Trot Hack, Equitation, and a Handy Hunter. No jumps or cantering.

    - When I ride into the ring, I head to the left, correct? So I'm going clockwise.
    - If the Judge calls: "Change rein" does that mean to basically change direction on the diagonal? Or something else?
    - If we change direction, are we supposed to stop and adjust our numbers so the judge can see them, or just keep walking/trotting while doing so?
    - Can we cut across the arena if we get too close to another horse, or perform circles?
    - After we're finished our class, do we line up in the center with our backs to the judge, so he/she can see our numbers?
    - My classes are one after another... How much time do you think I'll have in between? I have to memorize the Handy Hunter course, and I don't know if I'll have enough time.
    - How long before my first class should I head to the warm-up ring? I'm just walking/trotting, so not long, right?
    - If my horse acts up during the line, do I just walk away, circle back, and head to a more empty spot? Goose was being silly at our last lesson, and would circle to face the other horse in the arena.

    Sorry for so many questions, I just want to be completely prepared!
         
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        10-19-2013, 10:24 AM
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    - When I ride into the ring, I head to the left, correct? So I'm going clockwise.
    It depends. They will usually call out which way they want you to go. Watch the other classes before you if you want to know beforehand.
    - If the Judge calls: "Change rein" does that mean to basically change direction on the diagonal? Or something else?
    No just change direction.
    - If we change direction, are we supposed to stop and adjust our numbers so the judge can see them, or just keep walking/trotting while doing so?
    I am assuming you have your number on your saddle pad then? I don't really know because I always ride with a back number but I would assume not. I think when you have your number on the pad you're supposed to have it on both sides.
    - Can we cut across the arena if we get too close to another horse, or perform circles?
    Yes, I do this a lot!
    - After we're finished our class, do we line up in the center with our backs to the judge, so he/she can see our numbers?
    Again they will usually say. I've been in classes where the judge is in the arena and they first come by and ask you to back then go around and look at numbers but if the judge is outside the arena I would line up numbers facing the judge.
    - My classes are one after another... How much time do you think I'll have in between? I have to memorize the Handy Hunter course, and I don't know if I'll have enough time.
    Do you not get the course pattern before you start any of your classes? Usually there is not much time between classes. They get one class out and the next class should be on deck waiting.
    - How long before my first class should I head to the warm-up ring? I'm just walking/trotting, so not long, right?
    This depends on how much time you usually need to warm up. If your horse is really hyper you might need a lot of time, but if your horse is a veteran at shows I would say not much. But you never want to be rushed so plan for plenty of time.
    - If my horse acts up during the line, do I just walk away, circle back, and head to a more empty spot? Goose was being silly at our last lesson, and would circle to face the other horse in the arena.
    Yes, that's generally what people do.

    Hope this helped!
         
        10-22-2013, 01:44 AM
      #3
    Foal
    1. Normally at shows in my area we go counterclockwise, but others in front of you should know where to go if you don't.
    2. You do a small circle, don't cut accross the arena. I made that mistake once! Will never again...
    3. Normally in W/T classes they just have you walk to change direction. If the judge wants you to adjust thenumber on your back, then she will say something about it. Otherwise, just keep walking or trotting without changing anything.
    4. Circles!
    5. The judge will tell the class which way to face and what to do when your number is called for a ribbon.
    6. If you're not jumping or cantering, do you need to memorize a course? If you do need to remember a pattern, they should have them posted at least a division before the class, if not during schooling in the morning. Stay by the ring. Flat classes can go quickly!
    7. It depends on your trainer and what they want you to do in warmup. Definitely at least walk your horse around the show ring if you can to show it to her and give her a feel of the pressures and things. You should be able to find a space outside to trot if you have a while between warmup and your first class. If you don't have much time, then do a full walk/trot both directions for 10-15 mins and then just stand by the ring.
    8. Yes, but if you feel like Goose needs some room, try to get close to the end and don't make big circles, just a tiny one if you absolutely need it.

    Good luck, ride safe, and have fun!
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