Sunday (Aug 7th) will be my first show in 14 years. I am a nervous wreck! I was a seasoned Pony Clubber and competed almost every weekend as a kid/teenager. Now at 31 I feel old as heck!
I am showing my 6 year old Pinto mare. The Saddle Club offers open classes meaning you can ride english or western in any class that does not state specifically state western tack. So we have english pleasure, equitation, W/T, colored horse pleasure, and SR. Horse pleasure.
I have watched these classes for almost 2 years now and there are riders from every genre of english riding; jumpers, hunters, country pleasure (gaited), and dressage. The one common thing with all the judges is that if the rider is sloppy and the horse drags it nose or tries to kiss the sky, they are always on the bottom.
My mare has some dressage basics and has learned to use her back and hindquarters correctly and frames up nicely but not severely. She is good with loose reins or direct rein. She knows her leads.
Her only hangup is she stops all forward motion to allow other horses infront of her. We have been working on this and hopefully this show will be a good experience for her to remain forward and listen to me and not be passive to the horses around her.
My biggest hangup is my right leg. I shattered it last fall and have only recently been able to post with balance and keep my heel level. I have lost the ability to put that heel down. I am nervous that the judge will take notice of my right heel and penalize me for my handicap. Which I guess is only fair to be judged as an equal to the other riders, but it would seriously suck if that was the deciding factor on a placing.
I plan on having photos and possibly a video of the show to post for critiquing. I am curious as heck on how I look myself!