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    09-19-2013, 01:35 PM
To show or not to show?

So, I went to my sixteenth lesson today and before I entered the arena my instructor asked me how school and work was going and we were just chitchatting for a few minutes before she told me about a small "on the farm" show that is coming up on October 13th and said that I could compete in it or I was welcome to go watch and socialize. So now, I'm definitely going to go (even if I don't ride it'll let me see what I'm expected to do, what I'll eventually be doing, etc)...I'm just not sure if I should compete for the fun of it or if I should just go out to socialize and get the general idea of the show. :3

Has anyone else had a similar experience and maybe they wish they would have done one or the other? :3

So yeah. I'm just trying to figure out if I want to simply watch or if I actually want to hop in a class for giggles? X]

Any input is appreciated!
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    09-19-2013, 01:38 PM
I vote for watching, and then competing in the next one they have. That way you get to see how everything is run, watch and see what horse and rider duos do well and notice what sets them apart from the rest, and kind of get a feel for the time frame and how quickly or slow certain classes or disciplines move so you can have a good sense of time management when you do compete!
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    09-19-2013, 02:25 PM
Go, and compete! Give yourself the sole goal of riding with a smile and enjoying the day, you learn best by doing, so a small show is a great learning experience. Don't set your self up with any kind of expectation of doing anything apart from joining in and having a blast. I tell you if you just go and watch you will be kicking yourself all day because you are not riding.

Have fun and post pics of yourself at the event
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    09-19-2013, 06:01 PM
A small schooling show at your "home" barn is a great way to gain experience before going off the property to show. My very first show was at "home". After that I started competeing non-stop.

Just go and have fun with your peers and horses!
    09-19-2013, 10:03 PM
Thank you all for the comments! I see the pros for both options. Going there and simply watching would definitely allow me to just sit back and begin to visualize what is expected from me for when I begin showing. But if I show it would be a great learning experience. I could show in a small class or two then stay and watch some of the more experienced riders :3

Well, I'm going to have to weigh this out XD
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    09-20-2013, 05:29 PM
I'm personally never going to compete. The idea terrifies me! But I say go for it. It sounds small and fun and if you plan to compete in the future it would be great practice.
    09-20-2013, 09:59 PM
Originally Posted by autumnheart    
I'm personally never going to compete. The idea terrifies me! But I say go for it. It sounds small and fun and if you plan to compete in the future it would be great practice.
Thank you, autumnheart for your thoughts!
And out of curiosity, if you don't mind me asking, why does the idea of showing terrify you? Is it the thought of being in front of crowd? That part makes me a bit nervous :3
    09-20-2013, 10:43 PM
Hop in one class and you're hooked, in deep, they gotcha!
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    09-20-2013, 11:14 PM
Originally Posted by waresbear    
Hop in one class and you're hooked, in deep, they gotcha!
I can see it now...a poor college student even more poor from horse shows. X]
I'm not sure if I should be excited by this or not at this point...
    09-20-2013, 11:18 PM
You should be excited! Trust me, its a blast even if you place last. Just remember, have fun, no stress, and if you really want a blue ribbon you can just buy one for like 2 cents. that's what I tell myself when I find myself obsessing and stressing out at a show.
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