I've been riding once a week at my stable since the middle of August, about 10 weeks, or 10 lessons. Since arriving, I fine-tuned my posting and sitting trot, and I'm currently learning to canter. This might not seem like much, but it was mostly about learning to care for my horse. I did not know how to care for a horse other than grooming and leading, but now can catch, groom, saddle, bridle, and warm up my horse with little help.
As far as I know, I am riding in my fair's Junior Division walk-trot class, but I'm not sure if it's equitation or hunter on the flat, but I'm prepared for both.
I have a white show shirt and black blazer jacket (From H&M and Wal-Mart), as well as pale beige breeches, black suede half-chaps and paddock boots. My helmet is a black Troxel, I think it's a schooler (Not velvet, but plastic). My barn owner is going to let all her riders borrow velvet covers, stocks and pins, etc. so we don't spend a million dollars on what might be our only show.
The day before the show, Friday, we visit the stable to dress our horses. This includes washing, braiding, all that stuff. Our riding instructor and barn owner, as well as volunteers, are going to help with tack and loading. I assume we get a prep-talk too!
So... I'm still nervous! I've never been allowed to just freely warm-up in an arena, it's always with my instructor. I know to pass left shoulder to left shoulder, but are there any other rules I should be aware of? I think there will be others cantering, but no jumps until later classes. What about before going into the arena to show? What is the etiquette for walk-trot classes? If someone could give me a run-down, from the prep the night before to after the competition, that would be FANTASTIC!
After all that chatter, do you think I'm ready for my first show? I hope I am...
Sorry I'm asking so much, I'm just getting really excited for my first show and can't wait for my instructor to go over it with me!