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post #1 of 15 Old 01-28-2009, 09:05 PM Thread Starter
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I'm hoping to show, need some advice/encouragement

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.

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post #2 of 15 Old 01-28-2009, 10:18 PM
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What attire is required for open shows? Or will the organization tell you what's expected?

That's about what's expected... There's room for some variation in colors, so keep that in mind. For example, I have a purple show shirt. Breeches are typically tan, but can be grey, and are usually white if you're doing dressage.

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What about gloves? I always ride in gloves and I'm hoping they are allowed.
Actual riding gloves are the norm, but (as far as I know) aren't required.

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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)
You'll need a show jacket unless you just want to do jumpers. I'm 99% sure that jumpers is the only thing that doesn't require a jacket. Your field boots and pants will be fine, though. Just get a show shirt in a color that compliments your horse's color, or you could always go with the traditional white. Don't get a bright color, though. You don't want to stand out because of the color of your shirt. As for the jackets, dark blue is the most common color, but I've seen black and brown as well.

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Grooming wise now.
What's expected? Do I have to clip his white on his legs? How should his mane be (braids? Bands? Natural?)
A clean horse is the most important part. It's a good idea to clip him, but it's not required. It helps the appearance, but I've shown and pinned in schooling shows with an unclipped horse (an appy as well). His mane should be neatly trimmed, but it's not required that it be braided. Don't band it unless you're planning on showing western as well. If you can't braid perfectly, though, just leave it loose. Once again, I've shown and pinned on an unbraided appy, so it's not that big of a deal, especially in the lower level classes. You can always practice braiding at home until you get it down, then do it for shows.

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Do you have to have a bridle path?
Whiskers, clipped or not?
Once again, it's not required, but definitely does help give the horse a neat appearance.

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What saddle pad would be good to use? I have like everything (shaped white pad, black half pad, and then assorted colors AP pads)
You just want a plain white saddle pad, the kind that's shaped like the saddle. Nothing else.

Good luck, and I'm sure you'll do fine. Remember, the main thing is to have fun!
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Thanks! I feel a lot better!

I would like to do jumpers, but I'll wait and see how Montana goes.

For clipping, you just clip the white and not anything else correct?

Looks like I'll just have to pick up a shirt and jacket and i'll be golden!
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Thanks! I feel a lot better!

I would like to do jumpers, but I'll wait and see how Montana goes.

For clipping, you just clip the white and not anything else correct?

Looks like I'll just have to pick up a shirt and jacket and i'll be golden!
What do you mean by 'clip the white'?
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On Montana's one rear leg, he has a white sock or stocking. Other than that he's bay.

At a show barn I was at, they would clip the white on the horse's legs, and I was wondering if I had to do that too
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you should probably clip the white, other than that follow the picture and your good!
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you should probably not do anything over 2 ft jumps for your first time though...bad expierience
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Even if the horse can go higher than that?
What would make it a bad experience?

One show i'm looking at attending has crossrails at 18" 2' and then 2'something. I was planning on just doing the 18", to just ease into it, but I'm just curious as to why you said nothing higher than 2'
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I would like to do english classes either flat or over fences, but I'm not sure which ones or how high to go. Personally, hearing that you still havn't mastered the canter, I would enter a walk-trot show but it's entirely up to you and how much you progress. I'm not sure how high you currently jump so I can't really tell you how high you should show, but to your question, if you should even jump, I would say go for 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. xilikeggs0 pretty much covered what you should wear, but the organization should tell you what's expected. For gloves, I am pretty sure they will be allowed!!!
Not sure what to get (ie, just a show shirt, or a show shirt and jacket) I would say to get a show shirt AND a jacket!
How should his mane be (braids? Bands? Natural?) I would do bands, but i'm not so sure so don't make your desicion because of what i'm saying about how the mane should be. Lol!
I am a bit nervous as I'm sure I'm going to going up against more advanced people and everything. Don't be nervous! You've been riding for 13 years!!! I'm sure you are going to have A LOT of fun! Good luck!
Hope I helped! :)
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I did look further into the show organization and they do tell you what to wear. All I need to get is a show shirt and a jacket.

The lowest the organization has for jumps is 18" which I was thinking of doing, and you can either trot or canter them. Though I'll only enter if I think we can do it.But I have to say, I do agree with you about us not mastering the canter (well we both can canter, Montana just has issues cantering in an arena)

Thanks so much for the encouragement horsegirl!
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