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post #1 of 10 Old 05-13-2008, 01:11 AM Thread Starter
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How Many Classes?

Well, I'm filling out the entry form for my FIRST EVER show! I have 6 classes that I'm definitely entering. One showmanship class and the rest English Flat (pleasure & eq).

But, should I enter more?

I have to rent a truck & trailer, so I'm spending a pretty penny on this schooling show. I want to make it worth my while (financially), but I don't want to enter TOO many classes and tire out/stress out my horse.

As a novice rider, how many classes did you enter when first starting?
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post #2 of 10 Old 05-13-2008, 01:26 AM
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I used to enter too many and stressed myself out. I think its much more worth your while to only do a few classes and do well in them than to crap out in a heap. 6 seems good.
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post #3 of 10 Old 05-13-2008, 01:29 AM
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Even though it's spendy, I would be conservative with the number of classes, just so you can see how well your horse is going to do. By the end of this show, you'll have a really good idea of how many to do for the next one.

If your horse has sensory overload then you won't want to have entered too many classes!

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post #4 of 10 Old 05-13-2008, 08:20 AM
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I would do no more than 6.

Actually, I believe shows around here have a limit on how many times a horse can show...and I think that the magical # is 6.

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post #5 of 10 Old 05-13-2008, 08:50 AM
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are you doing entire divisions or just flat classes in each division? curious is all...? I usually do entire divisions...(if you follow points, otherwise, it doestn matter)
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post #6 of 10 Old 05-13-2008, 01:43 PM Thread Starter
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Wow! Sounds like 6 is the magical number. Maybe I'll just stick with that.

I'm not sure about divisions...or what they even are. Most of the classes are divided by age group or Novice. I basically entered all the Novice classes and the one APHA class.
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post #7 of 10 Old 05-13-2008, 02:21 PM
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when i show i do 7 classes but there is a total of 48 on the sheet

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post #8 of 10 Old 05-13-2008, 03:08 PM
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I say entering about 5-6 is good. ;)

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post #9 of 10 Old 05-13-2008, 03:21 PM
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then you are probably doing the entire novice division. the division is basically all the classes in that "group" sometimes they are by age, sometimes by ability, etc...
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At a few all-weekend shows I've been to (3 day shows) I'd enter about 15 classes, averaging 5 a day. On any given show though (one-day) they will usually limit how many you can enter by restricting you to one division, which is 4-7 classes.

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