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post #1 of 16 Old 09-28-2013, 11:50 PM Thread Starter
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First ever horse show :3 [Questions]

As some of you may know, my instructor told me last week that she wants me to begin competing in a small schooling show at our academy on October 20th. Of course, I was absolutely thrilled about the opportunity so I jumped on it. Now I've got a simple little question...

Right now I'm absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to show--but whenever the day of the show comes around I know I'm going to be absolutely nervous. How did you all deal with nerves when it came to shows? :3

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post #2 of 16 Old 09-29-2013, 12:23 AM
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For your first show only remember 2 things

Breathe

Smile

Everything else is a bonus

Everyone, well nearly everyone, gets competition nerves but it will never be as bad as the first one you do, so don't worry it's normal. So yeah, go with only one intention, having fun. Breathing is very important, my trainer is always reminding me to breathe!
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post #3 of 16 Old 09-29-2013, 01:25 PM Thread Starter
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I can actually see where the breathing thing will need to come in--aside from the obvious. I will have to remember that the day of the show. XD

Thank you for the comment!(:
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post #4 of 16 Old 09-29-2013, 08:14 PM
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I am sure your instruction has told you all the tips to prepare, so my best tip for you? Get to bed as early as possible the night before and eat a good healthy breakfast in the morning. I think prepping your body helps with nerves as you feel more energetic.

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post #5 of 16 Old 09-30-2013, 09:19 PM
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Ride your horse like you would at home. At shows I have the tendency to want to rush my warm ups and I'm a little more snappy with him if he's not focused but... that transfers to the horse as nervousness and I have to remember to take my time and be patient with him. I don't think anyone does as well at their first show as they'd like but it gets better! So just have fun and enjoy the experience.
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post #6 of 16 Old 10-01-2013, 12:59 AM
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For your first show your only looking for a place to set your bar to improve off of. I usually tell people as long as I don't hit the ground I've had a good show ha!

I am always nervous as heck on the night before, the drive over, and saddling up my horse but once im on her I feel completely at ease. We can only do what weve trained for so that's what we strive for. Some days we hit the mark, other days we miss a little but at the end of the day we sent the whole day doing what we love. Its much better than the alternative!!

Plus when your like me and go against the grain using a tb in stock shows its always fun to beat the pants off QHs and Paints and then shock them when they find out what she is xD
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Have a small but protein-full breakfast (something that will sit in your stomach without making it upset!). Also, pack simple snacks like pretzels and lots of water!

Make a list of the things you'll need for show day. Being (and feeling) prepared is half the battle!

Give yourself too much time to brush down, tack up, and warm-up. Chances are it'll turn out to be just enough. ;)

Smile and just think of how lucky you are! Whenever you begin to get stressed out, exhale and smile. Plus, judges love to see a smiley rider!

Take pride in every little thing-- small successes are way better than ribbons. Best of luck!
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Thank you all for all the tips and advice! I really appreciate it!(:
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I just basically forgot anyone was watching and acted like I was riding all by myself in the pasture. After a few minutes you calm down and can enjoy yourself. Good luck :)
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post #10 of 16 Old 10-11-2013, 06:41 PM Thread Starter
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I just basically forgot anyone was watching and acted like I was riding all by myself in the pasture. After a few minutes you calm down and can enjoy yourself. Good luck :)
Thanks for the comment! I figure as long as I just breathe and start riding, I'll make it(:
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