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    04-03-2011, 07:46 PM
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Foal
How does a horse show work?

How exactly does a horse show work? (not a big one, just a minor one) I have never been to one yet, but I'm going to be entering a horse show some time this spring, or at least that's the plan. I was just wondering how it works and what they judge you on and everything.
     
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    04-05-2011, 08:07 AM
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Yearling
What kind of show
     
    04-05-2011, 09:30 AM
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Yearling
It really depends on the kind of show. I know our local fun shows have classes from halter to speed events.
     
    04-05-2011, 02:22 PM
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Originally Posted by ThatNinjaHorse    
what kind of show
Well the horse/rider in her avatar is english, so im assuming (but could be wrong) that she's talking about English Pleasure shows, or something english related. ;)
     
    04-05-2011, 02:33 PM
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It all depends on what type of show you are planning to attend. (I'm going to write to local level hunt shows)

Normally they will have a warm-up area and a show ring. There is usually just one judge at the local level. A lot of times they start off with a grooming and showmanship class which is shown in english attire with a bridle. You'd want to have a well-groomed horse in this one and behavior will matter. I'd suggest looking at some youtube videos.

Then it usually go's into leadline and then short stirrup (11 and under I think), moving on to student and on up. They normally have 3 classes to a pleasure division. A go as you please (do the same gait for both directions). They'll have a walk/trot/canter those two are judged on the horse and rider. The third will be equitation and that will be judged on the rider.

They'll also have the jumping divisions which are usually 2 courses and then a flat class. One of the courses is an eq course and I can't remember what the flat class is???

It's been a while since I've done a hunt show...
     
    04-05-2011, 10:03 PM
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Foal
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Originally Posted by RylieHorses    
Well the horse/rider in her avatar is english, so im assuming (but could be wrong) that she's talking about English Pleasure shows, or something english related. ;)
Yes, that is the horse I ride and I do ride English (:
It's just a "come as you go" show. It's not anything big, but that's pretty much all I really know about it. I have never been to a show before...
     
    04-06-2011, 12:48 AM
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Yearling
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Originally Posted by RylieHorses    
Well the horse/rider in her avatar is english, so im assuming (but could be wrong) that she's talking about English Pleasure shows, or something english related. ;)
English is rather ambigous, dressage, hunter, jumper, pleasure, hack show, led, etc.. they all work differently.
     

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