do i have to show to advance ?

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        04-12-2012, 07:22 AM
    do i have to show to advance ?

    Ok , so I used to ride english on my horse because she was a hunter horse , and we went to my first competition and I did really well , like I one a bunch of ribbions including a first . But .. I just didnt enjoy it ... I hate doing things in front of people , especially when theyre all looking at you ! So after a while I switched to western and sold my horse , since she was a competing horse . And my trainer is pissed at me , she said she's sick of my give up attitude and I was one of her best natural students ... and the reason she's mad is because I wont show . So I was wondering , do you really have to show to advance in your riding ?
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        04-12-2012, 07:27 AM
    No, showing should be its own goal. There's nothing wrong with not wanting to compete. Honing your skills isn't dependent on showing.
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        04-12-2012, 08:14 AM
    I used to take in the odd show just to see how my training stacked up against the others. A handful of ribbons said that I was doing all right.
        04-12-2012, 01:36 PM
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    No, there's no reason you have to show, especially if you don't enjoy it.

    I go to 3-4 shows each year, not because I want to compete specifically, but because it's something different to do with my horse. I rarely have a chance to take him away from the barn otherwise. It's also nice to spend the weekend with other riders from my barn who also go to the same shows.
        04-12-2012, 04:42 PM
    Thanks everyone :) I just feel really bad about it ..
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        04-12-2012, 08:18 PM
    No you don't have to show in order to improve your riding. Riding is all about enjoying yourself and if you don't want to show, your trainer should move past it. As Saddlebag mentioned, it can help to give you an indication to see how you are going, but it isn't necessary.
        04-13-2012, 06:13 PM
    I agree with the other posters. I haven't shown in 1 1/2 years and I have improved my riding. There is no reason to show if you don't like it!
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