My first show EVER is coming up (and it will be my horse's first show ever as well!) It's on June 21st, and it's an Eventing mini trial...anyway, do any of you show Eventers out there have any helpful tips for me since I've never been in a horse show before??
Awww, your first Horse Trial - or Short Course Event. Have a blast!! Make sure you get allot of pictures!!! Just relax, breath and enjoy yourself.
I'm going to an open schooling day for x country on Memorial Day, so I'll get an idea of how Sandie does trailering and being in a new environment then, and I have a feeling she's going to be a little nervous (she still gets nervous just going on a trail ride at the trails behind our barn right now!)
I am glad to hear you are going to school over the CC fences prior. It is a great way to clean up any cobwebs in your riding CC, and to help you feel better relaxed and more confident about the fences, come comp day.
I assume you've been working with an Eventing Coach? Please say you have been :)
But what can I expect when I get there? Any pointers for my dressage or cross country? (well, or stadium for that matter...the idea of memorizing what jumps to go over next scares me lol)
Expect allot of people and horses, hully skullying around. Just relax, get there early and take your time.
Make sure you or your coach or parent gets to the office to get your packet. Your packet will have all your important information - the map of your CC course, the map of your Stadium Course, what arena you'll be doing Dressage in. Your times. Very important to keep your arena's and times memorized. Know where you have to be when you have to be there.
Are there going to be Bit Checks? There usually aren't at unsanctioned events, or Short Course Events - but make sure, find out when you go to the office. You can and will be disquallified if you do not get to your bit check before your rides - so find out.
Make sure you have your dressage
test memorized. You cannot have a reader at Events, and it is good to practice now at a Short Course Event so that you will be competant to do this when you do Recognized HT's.
Make sure you are clean and tidy. You do NOT have to be braided up. Just be clean, presentable and at your arena at your time. You can walk around your arena a few times before the bell rings - allow your horse to walk around, get a good look at the judge and the surroundings...flowers, chain, boxes.
When the bell rings, move into your 1st asked for gait, and enter your arena and move on - remember, HT tests, you do not halt in the middle and salute *again, this is something your Eventing Coach should of worked with you* CC
- you'll probobly do this first before stadium. You NEVER ride CC the same way you ride stadium or in the arena. You must have a solid functional seat, strong solid legs and confidence.
Again, I hope your Eventing Coach worked on this with you prior. And I am positive your coach will walk you through everything when you walk the course together.
Walking the course - I like to walk my course minimally 3 times. 1st time is with the map. I memorize my jumping sequence. 2nd time, without my map and I walk that course looking at the terrain, where I am going to approach each fence and how. 3rd time, I walk it as though I am actually riding it. By then, you should definitely have your course memorized.
Make sure you have your Certified and Approved CC vest on. And your Arm Band with your information on it.
When your # or name is called, make sure you are near the start box. You may walk around the start box, you may stand there - whichever, be sure you are there. The volunteer at the start box will start counting down, at that point, get into the start box - do not leave the box until the volunteer gets to 1 and says "have a good ride"
Again, this is something your coach should of worked with you.
Remember, RIDE YOUR RHYTHM NOT THE CLOCK. You never ride the clock. Focus on your horse, your position in your tack and getting to the base of each fence rhythmically, fluidly and under controll. It is not a race. Relax, breathe and take your time. If you have to trot, then trot - no problemo. Stadium
you know what your doing here :) Still wearing your arm band :) Again, you want to ride your horses rhyhm - never the fence. Here, you don't have to be as deep and tall as you do on CC.
Tack - make sure you have good solid boots for CC. NEVER open front. You do not have to duct tape, I highly doubt you will be doing any water what-so-ever.
Be sure to bring spare bridles with acceptable bits on them, incase if you get called on your bit check. Make sure you bring spare tack incase if something goes ary.
CC and stadium, you most definitely can go with your baby blue. Dressage, either white or black.
Have fun!!! ENJOY YOURSELF and get lots of piccies!!!