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    08-10-2009, 03:19 AM
Exclamation Going to first Show in November... HELP!!!

Well, first of all, I live in New Zealand so if anyone is from here then that would be excellent!!!

I have been riding for a little over a year and have been only to a sports day with my horse. I've never had a riding lesson, ever. I'm 14.
I really want to compete in the local a&p show, and i've convinced mum and dad to let me (which took months and I am NOT about to let the show slide on bye)... but...

I don't really know what I should take.

The obvious things I know to take are:
Horse (difficult to participate without her haha)
Saddle Blanket & Saddle (i only have a gp saddle)
Bridle, she's in a snaffle bit
Braiding kit
Grooming Kit
Jodphurs (do you have to have beige ones?)
Long Riding Boots
Shirt, I know what kind but I don't know how to explain

Is there anything else I need? Keep in mind its only a one day show, I want to Show Jump... unless I decide to enter the plesure classes, in which case it would be two days.
The next thing is that I don't know what I should enter.

I can jump up to 90cm, but still working on the position lol it aint to great yet. But I can jump 70cm easy as if it were nothing.

While I'm here, I might add that bubbles is 23yrs atm, but does NOT act like it, and we want to show her under the name "After The Storm" do you need papers to do that? Or just enter her under it.

And help at all would be really great, especially if someone has showed in New Zealand before... the a&p show is not a MAJOR show, but I would like to look good at it, because I hate it when people judge on how you and your horse look.
When I was at the sports day with bubbles, she was in an old saddle and bridle and faded saddle blanket. And I was in jodphurs, old helmet and normal everyday shirt (because there was no dress code), so people automatically assumed that I couldnt ride for crap, and that bubbles was not a good horse... well we showed them big time. Whipped everyones arses in most of the games, in most of the flatwork and we even did an adults challenge which you have to do with your saddle on, then come back and do it without your saddle, which did include pole bending, and jumping. First ever outing with bubbles and we come back with 4 1sts, 3 2nds, and a 3rd.. and an adult challenge ribbon.
Boy did we show them... talk about jaw on the floor.

Here is a video of what we can do so far.

I emailed the lady about it about 2 months ago but she hasnt replied. Must be quite busy as you'd expect.
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    08-10-2009, 08:43 AM
First off want to say wow, awesome you have done so well w/o lessons. I think you and your horse do wonderfully together.
I am impressed with everything. I do have to say please be careful, I think you should hold off jumping so high (the one really high one) until you have a little more stable leg. Lots of no stirrup work and two point.

Sorry I know you didn't ask for critique.

Again great job!

use this link for great checklist (Its a great show check list)
    08-10-2009, 10:09 PM
Gloves is about the only thing I don't see there. Usually same color as your jacket. If no jacket, then black. I love your video. It's very touching. You are very lucky to have found what makes you truly happy so young. It took me 40 years to get there. Good luck at your show! Have fun.
    08-10-2009, 11:25 PM
I've only done a few english shows (I'm a western girl), but I do help my best friend out at her english shows. I'm practically her groom at shows, and she does the same for me at my shows.
I always pack extra. You never know if something's going to break. I always take 2 girths, in case one gets really covered in sweat or if the buckles break. I take 2 extra stirrup leathers. Believe me, things do break. My friend was in the warm-up ring, practicing jumping and her stirrup leather broke.
Always, take something that inspires you. This could be a parent, a friend (I always take my friend), your Ipod with some of your favourite songs. Its really good to have a support person there. Someone who can quickly fix the braid, or just tell you good luck.
You need to take a positive attitude with you. Don't be negative. Always focus on the positive. So what if you clipped one jump, it stayed up didn't it?
Cream jods are the best way to go. Banana coloured jods are in fashion too. Go to your local saddlery and just ask if they have any competition jods.
Oh, and this item is heaps important. Hairnets. I cannot stress enough how good these are. I am soo hopeless with hair bands. I always lose them. So always take a hairnet with you in case you lose your hair band. They may look dorky, but once you have your helmet on, it doesn't look that bad.
Good luck :)
Btw, the place where your riding in the video is very green and heaps pretty.
    08-12-2009, 03:35 AM
Originally Posted by lovemyponies    
I am impressed with everything. I do have to say please be careful, I think you should hold off jumping so high (the one really high one) until you have a little more stable leg. Lots of no stirrup work and two point.
thankyou for that.. I will start working on that more when I can ride again... im out for even longer now because my ribs were originally just fractured from the fall in the video but now (and I have no idea how) they're full on broken unfortunately.
My fault lol, we were waiting for farrier yesterday (who didnt turn up ) so I got on bubbles bareback with a halter and leadrope. We just walked around the paddock for a little while and I think she knew about my ribs because she was behaving beautifully... very unlike her, all I had to do to get her to stop was say "Whoa" usually its a fight on the reins...
the only thing she did was spook at the miniature horse(she hates her majorly), I stayed on though thankgod and her trot was soooo smooth it just wasnt funny. I do alot of bareback riding with her, would that help? Because I've jumped her bareback before too. Boy was I sore after that.
    08-12-2009, 08:15 AM
Bareback is really good too, sorry to hear you are still hurting. Love your horse and keep us updated on your show

Great work and what a beautiful relationship

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