Great! Hope I'm not too late!
First of all, you:
If it's a fun show, a dark polo should be fine, but bring along your show coat and shirt just in case, but morefor warmth depending on where you live! Tan breeches, tall black boots or black paddocks and 1/2 chaps. Always wear a helmet!
No figure 8, no running martingale. Sorry! It's hunter stuff and eq, so it's illegal. The snaffle's fine, though. If your horse is strong, ask your trainer if you may need a stronger bit for when you aren't using your "eventing tack". No boots, either, but bring them along just in case and ask management. Saddle pad- go with white, preferably a fitted hunter pad, but bring along a solid colored fun pad and if everyone else is wearing them, you can too!
Bareback is normally "sit-a-buck" or "dollar bareback" where they put monopoly money or something under your knee or calf and your goal is to not lose that $$$$$! Treat it like a $100 bill! But make sure you and your horse are proficient at both ways in sitting and posting, and cantering before you enter. No, you shouldn't wear a bareback pad. And I have the same problem!
Hunt seat Eq is judged on you as a rider. They normally look for "hands, seat, and controll of mound" and your horse is supposed to reflect your riding ability. But don't spend too much time looking pretty that your horse is going nuts! Horse first, you second. They are usually walk/trot/canter both ways, but some judges also ask for sitting trot.
Hunter U/S classes are judged on the horse's "manners, performance, and way-of-going" and the judge picks the horse that is quiet, controlled, and looks like he would be a suitable mount out on a foxhunt or something. They go both ways at walk, trot, and canter.
Don't stress if your horse isn't the most calm, collected, flawless one out there. Go out and have fun! You never know what might happen! And I'm in the same boat with spunky ponies, but she still pins pretty well. You'll be fine!
Be careful with the gaming. Make sure you know what's being asked and can do it at the trot and canter. Even if you think it's easy, practice at home togive your horse an idea of what's going on!
Tips: have fun! Don't worry if you don't pin. There's always other shows. And if you like it? Find more! Take a day once a month or so and find a cheap fun show for your horse's sake. It gets boring after a while!
Oh, you may be able to use bell boots in gaming. Check with show management and call on Thursday or something if you're not sure!
:) have fun and ride safe!
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