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post #1 of 6 Old 02-03-2014, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
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need some advice and help..maybe

I would really like to show my little Arabian mare, she's registered and sweepstakes nominated and has decent bloodlines, she has been trained in English pleasure...honestly I just have no idea where to start as I have never shown before any help would be appreciated lol
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post #2 of 6 Old 02-03-2014, 11:49 PM
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For your first show you'll probably want to start at an unrated/schooling show. These are low pressure and cheaper shows where you can get a feel for how showing works and let you and your horse get used to the atmosphere. You can do a google search to find some in your area. Just search "(discipline) schooling shows in (city)". A lot of the show barns will put on schooling shows as well as some of the equestrian parks.
Also, you'll probably want to have your trainer with you. It's incredibly overwhelming at first, so having someone there to guide you and keep you calm is a huge help.
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Definitely have someone with lots of showing experience go with you at least for your first few. There are many little things that are easily forgotten, and just general rules of showing, both stated and unspoken that people follow. Mostly courtesy and safety oriented.

May want to work on your horse working around other horses and many people (don't know how yours reacts in those situations) but it's always a good training tool to have under her belt anyways.

Most of all.. Have fun! Shows are exciting, tiring, and cool to participate in :)

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post #4 of 6 Old 02-04-2014, 12:49 PM
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I'm guessing that you are working with a trainer who goes to shows regularly? If that's the case, it may not be a bad idea to attend a show that your trainer goes to without your horse. So you can see the logistics of how everything works. (: Have fun!

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post #5 of 6 Old 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!
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post #6 of 6 Old 02-04-2014, 11:28 PM Thread Starter
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this is my trainer's website and yeah she wants to take me to some ofthe events she goes to so i can get a feel for them
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