With my whole 13 years of riding, I've never been in a show. Now that I have Montana, I would like to give showing a shot.
There are a few open schooling shows around me so that's not really a problem.
I would like to do english classes either flat or over fences, but I'm not sure which ones or how high to go.
As of right now we do not have our canter work down pat, but I am working on it.
What attire is required for open shows? Or will the organization tell you what's expected?
What about gloves? I always ride in gloves and I'm hoping they are allowed.
I currently have tall field boots, and a pair of olive/beige knee patch breeches. Not sure what to get (ie, just a show shirt, or a show shirt and jacket)
Grooming wise now.
What's expected? Do I have to clip his white on his legs? How should his mane be (braids? Bands? Natural?)
Do you have to have a bridle path?
Whiskers, clipped or not?
Tack is my biggest thing.
I have an older crosby prix de nations and a new (well its 2 years old) Ovation bridle. They are different colors, does that matter for a local show?
I also use a breastplate, are those allowed in all classes? Does it matter that it's also mismatched?
What boots are/aren't acceptable while showing.
I also use Herm Sprenger Bow Balance stirrups (they're blue) would that matter at all? If it does, I believe I have a pair of stubben stirrups I could use, but they are bigger.
What saddle pad would be good to use? I have like everything (shaped white pad, black half pad, and then assorted colors AP pads)
Any other advice is greatly appreciated!
I am a bit nervous as I'm sure I'm going to going up against more advanced people and everything.