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    07-17-2012, 08:21 PM
Suggestions for a beginner showperson?

Heyy everyone.
So basically, I have a young horse and I am not a super experienced rider. My horse is still green, I am still green. We both do English. I would love to get into dressage in the future (not certain if that dream will change or not but we will see), but right now we are working on collecting, mostly w/t at the moment but in the long run w/t/c, etc.

Are there any show categories or fun local competitions that you would suggest trying for beginners? OK, so I'm a "beginner" meaning I'm not very experienced, it's not that I literally have no experience with horses... Just to clarify.

Are there any specific classes that you would suggest for a beginner? Or other kinds of friendly not too competitive competition (haha OXYMORON) for people that are just starting out? If there are, is there a specific website or something that you would suggest looking at or particular places that are good to look at?

It is most likely that I will wait till my horse and I are both much more experienced and both better trained. But, I just figured that this is the point I am at currently, and I wanted to just find out more about my options. The only kind of "competition" we have done are casual gymkhanas. Nothing crazy difficult, mostly just gaming and simple barrels, keyhole, etc. And that's western, like I said, I ride English... but I'd appreciate ANY suggestions or advice...

Thank you!
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    07-17-2012, 08:26 PM
Green Broke
Well just look for any schooling shows. Around here (well home) atleast theyre usually during the winter to help keep your horse ready for the bigger circuits.

Classes wise idk what you have there but we had english and western so if yours is the same I would just start out with the Walk/Trot classes and green horse/green rider classes. They don't judge as harshly in those classes. Also good would be doing (if you have it) halter and showmanship classes. Itll help you build a solid relationship with your horse and will work with your ground manners/commands.

Other than that....get a trainer.
    07-17-2012, 08:37 PM
^^. Thanksss! So where do you find advertisements or lists for those kinds of shows? And btw, I am training/I do have a trainer!
    07-17-2012, 08:54 PM
Green Broke
Good on ya! Glad you have a trainer. I would basically just ask around. Go to tack stores, talk to other horsey people. Maybe check the newspaper they may advertise.
    07-17-2012, 08:54 PM
IN Michigan they have a horse show called the Hairy Horse Show (aka Norma Agnew Memorial MSU Show). It's put on by the college and it is at the beginning of the horse show season. They call it the Hairy Horse show because you can bring your "hairy horses". It is not a show for ribbons, but the judged give reasons and explain and comment as you ride the class. They even give you tips. They have most of the classes other show have, but it laid back and cheaper. You can wear casual riding attire and your horse can be as groomed as you want.

I am not sure what state you are in but check your Extension website and the state Ag college websites.
    07-17-2012, 09:18 PM
Thanks guys, I appreciate it (:

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