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    10-13-2013, 11:59 PM
I was so nervous at my first show :) don't worry its totally normal, just don't let it get in the way of you doing your best. Deep breaths, give yourself plenty of extra time so you don't feel rushed. Go early to school and make sure you are well fed, rested and hydrated. Trust me, it all sounds obvious now but for me once nerves kick in I get stupid. You'll probably make silly mistakes, you may or may not pin, and you almost certainly will wish you had done better and I honestly am not saying this to discourage you. It's just the way things are, so don't put too much pressure on yourself. Just try to have fun, if you mess up laugh it off and try to do better next time. As long as you are trying your best no one will care how you did. If you really get nervous try humming to yourself. I sometimes do entire divisions singing under my breath the whole time, its super relaxing. I also mouth the things I need to remember. Between jumps I just chant to myself "heels down, chest up, thumbs up, leg, eyes etc." Just all the little things I might let slide otherwise. Its silly but it works for me. Good luck!
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    10-15-2013, 09:21 AM
Nothing to add to others comments other than remember everyone is feeling the same way so you are all in the same boat;)
    10-15-2013, 02:51 PM
Thanks for the comments! I actually was able to realize today that I wasn't the only one that'd be nervous as there was a lady that was just as nervous as I was. :P However, I had a pretty good lesson today so I'm a bit more comfortable with it...and we had a small crowd there watching and I was able to tune them all out. Now I just have to get used to not hearing my instructor yelling at me XD

Again, thank you to all that have commented! I appreciate it!
    10-15-2013, 10:35 PM
Good luck at your show! Let us know how it goes.
    10-16-2013, 11:24 AM
Originally Posted by Zexious    
Good luck at your show! Let us know how it goes.
Thank you! And I definitely will!(:
    10-21-2013, 05:31 PM
My first show, I got two firsts, two seconds, and a third. :) Relax, you're going to shine out there. Don't let yourself get nervous or intimidated. That's when things go wrong. I got nervous for some reason at my last show. It was this one red vertical, only 2' or 2'6", and I have jumped 1m before with no problems. But it affected my performance. Horses can tell when you're nervous, so just chill and remember it is your first show. Don't expect too much of yourself and your horse for the first one. Just expect to have fun, and you will! :) Good luck!

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