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        09-21-2013, 01:01 PM
      #11
    Weanling
    I'm not worried about winning. I'm newer to riding so there isn't a doubt in my mind that I'd...well, I wouldn't place well (or would come in dead last). I'm more so nervous that it'd be my luck that I get a feel for my first spill off a horse in front of a relatively large crowd XD
         
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        09-22-2013, 08:05 PM
      #12
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by rexing93    
    I'm not worried about winning. I'm newer to riding so there isn't a doubt in my mind that I'd...well, I wouldn't place well (or would come in dead last). I'm more so nervous that it'd be my luck that I get a feel for my first spill off a horse in front of a relatively large crowd XD
    I can't tell you the number of times I've gone to shows with my barn just to watch, and 4 times out of 5 I find myself going "Darn, I really wish I was riding right now." Usually if I don't find myself feeling that way, it is because I am too focused running around helping the others, thus leaving no time for myself to think about it.

    If you feel comfortable with the idea of showing, I'd say go for it. It will be a smaller show, so less of the pressure of large crowds watching you, and it will be somewhere you are familiar with. For someone who is new to showing, especially, this can help with the stress a lot.
         
        09-22-2013, 11:05 PM
      #13
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by PaintedHeart    
    I can't tell you the number of times I've gone to shows with my barn just to watch, and 4 times out of 5 I find myself going "Darn, I really wish I was riding right now." Usually if I don't find myself feeling that way, it is because I am too focused running around helping the others, thus leaving no time for myself to think about it.

    If you feel comfortable with the idea of showing, I'd say go for it. It will be a smaller show, so less of the pressure of large crowds watching you, and it will be somewhere you are familiar with. For someone who is new to showing, especially, this can help with the stress a lot.
    Well, my goal was actually to be "good enough" to be able to show at this show, honestly. I noticed they had the show scheduled when I snooped around their website when I started getting lessons there--so I was rather pleased when my instructor told me I was welcome to compete. :3 I think next lesson I'll discuss the options and requirements with my instructor to see what I'd need to get before I go out for the show, what classes she'd think would be choices for me to go in (if any), etc. :3

    Thank you for the comment, too! I really do appreciate it!
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        09-23-2013, 03:00 PM
      #14
    Foal
    Do a walk/trot beginner class or something... that's what I did. The very next month I had a half lease. Lol. :) It's so addicting. Right now I'm trying to practice all I can to go back to the "School Show" and step it up.
         
        09-23-2013, 03:06 PM
      #15
    Yearling
    I started showing in barn schooling shows where I boarded. I'd compete just for the heck of it, there's no better way to see what it's all about then to dive in head first! ;) My first show I did a walk/trot class and called it a day (I spent more time riding around the grounds in the atmosphere then I did in the actual class!). It gives you a little taste and let's you see what's up. You might be like me and after a couple decide not to really show or you might use it to try new classes! :)
         
        09-23-2013, 05:38 PM
      #16
    Weanling
    I think I'm going to at least show in a beginner course or two. I will talk to my instructor next lesson to see what I'll need and what class(es) she thinks I should compete in and what not. :)
    Thank you all for the opinions! It's helped me quite a bit!(:
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        09-25-2013, 03:14 PM
      #17
    Weanling
    Random update: I had another lesson today and my instructor actually wants me to compete in the show. She is recommending me for the 18" Equitation OF or the Sr. Equitation OF :3 Now I just have to decide which one I want to do. XD
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        09-25-2013, 03:36 PM
      #18
    Started
    If your barn has these frequently then I'd consider the watching and waiting for the next one option. If this is a rare occurrence then I'd jump on the opportunity!
         
        09-25-2013, 03:49 PM
      #19
    Weanling
    DuckDodgers-Thanks for your input! My barn doesn't have them often (this is the only barn show and in area show for about the next six months at least), so I figured what the heck? If I lose, I lose. If I win, I win. It's all experience. Technically I've been to a few horse shows before so it isn't entirely new...just new for me to actually be in one. XD Again, thank you for your advice!(:
         
        09-25-2013, 10:04 PM
      #20
    Showing
    Take the opportunity! You should see this show as something fun that will allow you to get some great experience and socialize! Shows should always be fun! If you have the chance to go try it out, you should have fun and go sign up and see if it's something you enjoy
         

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