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        04-08-2008, 11:29 AM
      #1
    Weanling
    My very first show. What's the routine?

    So I have my first ever english show in a couple weeks. I've never even been to a show as a spectator. So I have no idea what's coming. My classes are later in the day so I'll have time to watch and calm my nerves a bit. I want to know what everyone's routine is for before, during and after the show. Here's what I had in mind for my routine.

    Two days before:
    Clean tack, boots and helmet

    Day before:
    Bathe horse
    Band mane
    Pack car

    Morning of:
    Braid mane
    Paint hooves

    Upon arrival:
    ???

    Help. What else do I do?
         
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        04-08-2008, 11:39 AM
      #2
    Green Broke
    This is what I do I have showing flat rail work (english) for about 4 years now.

    2 days before
    Bathe
    Clip

    1 day before
    Bathe
    Take a shaving razor to his muzzle ;]
    Plait mane
    Get the tail extension ready
    Get my outfit laid out and cleaned
    Get my boots clean
    Find my helmet :roll:
    Clean my helmet
    Get the trailor ready
    Get my tack organized and cleaned
    Get my saddle stands and such together
    Get chairs and things
    Get out the show bill and mark what classes I want to go into

    The day
    Get up
    Makeup makeup makeup
    Put on half my outfit (jods & undershirt)
    Get my horse on the trailor
    (I don't paint his hooves)
    Put tail extension in.
    Braid tail so the extension doesn't get caught or dirty while exercizing
    Fix his mane (if it needs fixing)
    Tack up
    Go sign in
    Put number on my jacket
    Put the rest of my outfit on
    Get on and ride till my classes.

    Tada! The end 8)
         
        04-09-2008, 09:54 PM
      #3
    Green Broke
    That's great that you have some time to watch the show a bit before you actually have to ride! They are a lot of fun and definitely addicting!

    A couple of days before I bathe (weather permitting) and clip the horses, clean my tack, and make sure that I have everything that I need (pads, training stuff, lunging things, clothes etc) so I don't have to run to the tack shop or cleaners at the last minute.

    Day before the show we haul to the place where it's located to school over the fences. That's when I fill out my entry forms for me and my students.

    At the show I stop by the office first and pay my entries and get my number. Usually I school a few horses before the first class just to get some of the greener horses over the fences again. Then I sit around and wait until I need to get on! After the show I make sure I have all of my stuff. Unbraid manes/tails if they were done. Ideally I'd clean everything then but well... it's been a long day.
         
        04-11-2008, 11:00 PM
      #4
    Foal
    It's nice that you will have time to watch before your classes start. That'll help a lot since it's your first time.

    I do everything everyone else has mentioned in the days before the show...placing extra emphasis on getting all of my clothes clean, ironed, together, etc. same with tack. Ideally, I will have almost no loading to do the morning of (besides horse) other than just simply carrying clothes out to the trailer.

    The morning of the show, since you aren't in classes til later in the day, you can probably just aim to get there right about when the show starts, maybe allowing a few minutes to unload and check in. Once you have done that, I would get your horse settled in where s/he'll be waiting and then you can go watch. Depending on exactly what you have left to do, estimate based on the typical lenghts of classes when you should stop watching and start getting ready. Remember, allow time for grooming, saddling, and warmup, as well as dressing into your show clothes and gettin yourself all neat and tidy. In my experience, it is best to be either finishing your warm up or waiting at the ingate at least one class in advance of your class, once again depending on how long the classes are running.

    That's what I would advice based on my personal show experience; however, I have only been to local open shows, the all-around types, and I dont' know if other kinds of shows are a lot different or not.

    Good luck, and I hope you have fun!
         
        04-11-2008, 11:54 PM
      #5
    Yearling
    I've always wanted to show but I'm too nervous to do it.
         
        04-14-2008, 12:07 AM
      #6
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Abby
    I've always wanted to show but I'm too nervous to do it.

    Well the best way to get over your nerves is to just do it....
         

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