New To Everything Showing - Wisdom Appreciated
I am nearly 40 years old, and just got my first horses last year. I have a beautiful pleasure bred mare, who is a little on the lazy side. We've been working and practicing to enter a very low key pleasure show coming up this Sunday. This mare has caught on very quickly, and while I am super proud of her progress, there is no way we're going to compete seriously and I am really there to give both her and I the experience since neither one of us know what to expect.
We are going to do halter, showmanship (both open classes) of which we are prepared for. Showmanship might be a little iffy getting her to trot in hand depending on where her mind is, but she's doing well though we're not nearly as graceful as some people doing it.
Then...the biggies. Entering the novice walk/trot classes of horsemanship and western pleasure. I have no idea what to do. :) Which is not the end of the world, at least I am in the senior classes so I can watch all the others and figure it out as we go along and have some idea what to expect before it's our turn.
I would appreciate any and all wisdom anyone would like to bestow on me on how I can mitigate how big of a fool I look like! What are some little things that I should not forget? How do you keep your show outfit clean all day? Any of you seasoned show people, please feel free to give it to me straight.
I normally do penning and sorting with my gelding, and cow people are so helpful, friendly, nice, encouraging, teaching, etc. I was advised that these shows are "not so much" that way.