02-04-2014, 12:56 PM
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If you can find a show that is in your area, I would suggest taking your horse there a few times prior to the show so she is familiar with it, and you both can get a feel for what the footing is like.
I am headed to my first show with my current mare this summer, and I found myself in a similar situation. I first picked a show. Then I picked what class I wanted to compete in. This way, when we start working we will know exactly what we are preparing for.
Our show is June 8th, and I plan to be on her preparing for the show April 1st, 4-5 days a week until the show. I would be sure to allow yourself enough time to prepare and feel confident.
Good luck! I bet you will have a blast!