Originally Posted by CountryChick
Okay I competed in a show before with my horse and I didn't do to well, I got a few ribbons, but the judge hardy looked at me. I don't have heaps of money to spend on show stuff, but I am hopping you guys would be able to give me some tips and stuff.
1. I need a show name (my horses name is Chester)
2. I need tips on how to make him look his best
3. How to braid his mane and tail
4. How to make myself look good
5. What I should wear and what tack and stuff I need for my horse
6. Anything that would help me in the ring :)
If you could help me with some of these things it would be really helpful :)
You said English, so I'm not sure what classes, so I ma going to answer as if you are riding Huntseat. From the picture of your horse I can safely assume we are not talking about Country or English Pleasure, lol.
Showing is about making it look easy and relaxed. That's why they add the word Pleasure. :) And the good thing about that is you can have the most expensive clothes, horse, and tack, but none of tat will help if the rider is struggling and looking like they are working hard. So keep that word "Pleasure" in mind. You want a horse that looks like they are a pleasure to ride. Clean, smooth, relaxed. You want a rider to look like they can ride at whatever gait asked for, for hours at a time along the countryside after fox. That is the picture that should be going through your head. Don't have a look on your face like you are trying way too hard. Relaxed concentration.
Now this can be hard to do all the way around the ring, so try picking 4 points in the ring and everytime you get to that point, fix yourself. Fix your form, your horse, and think PLEASURE!!! Lol
I think the previous poster gave you some good advice as far as specifics. I think you need to make sure you look neat and clean and you are wearing the proper gear (not necessarily the most expensive, just proper). There are little things you can do to not discount you from being looked at. Making sure you hair is absolutely neat. No stray hairs sticking out of helmets. When you line up, smile a bit but remember, if you are in the ring, you are showing. Don't go sloppy just because the class is done and you are lined up. If anything, look even better! Sometimes a judge may have thought he had you placed and then right at the line up he sees something and changes it.
As for a show name, you don't have to have Chester in the name if you don't want. I love Broadway and Star Trek, so I always said if I needed to name a horse I would use those as guides. :) Of course, my very first horse's name was What a Booger, so maybe I'm not the right person to give advice on names, lol. (to my credit, I didn't name him)
Lastly, have fun.