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    08-31-2011, 08:07 AM
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Western shows in England UK

I'm attending my first western show in two weeks as a spectator only. My horse isn't western trained or ready for showing yet. Is there anyone here that attends any UK western shows?

I have started to really research western classes and have been watching a lot of videos on Youtube. I have been taking lessons for a while but what I thought was western riding is actually natural horsemanship. I enjoy the lessons I have but they are on english trained horses (wearing a western saddle) and they don't have the western gaits such as jog and lope they just trot and canter. I suffer from nerves as i'm sure you are all aware if you have read any of my other posts and I thought maybe the slower gaits such as jog and lope could help with my nerves as it's when I get to the faster english gaits that I lose my confidence as I am lead to believe that the western gaits are much slower and smoother please correct me if i'm wrong? Anyway I live far North of England with very limited access to anything to do with western at all. I'm really looking forward to the show as it is a full days program with everything from trail classes, pleasure classes, reigning (sp?) etc. I'm not sure of anyone in my area who actually does any western lessons and I think the nearest is a 4 hour round trip by car but I would really love to try some of the classes. I'm pretty sure after the show i'm going to watch i'll be hooked!

I sure wish I could save the money to come to the US on a proper western holiday to get the real experience!
     
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    08-31-2011, 10:34 AM
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I'm not in England, but I'll give my 2 cents worth! While at the show, I would take to some of the trainers (at least the one/ones willing to listen) and see if they would give you some advice. They might know someone closer to where you live that can help with lessons. Good luck and let us know how you liked the show and post photos. I would love to see English western horses!!
     
    08-31-2011, 11:23 AM
  #3
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Originally Posted by gigem88    
I'm not in England, but I'll give my 2 cents worth! While at the show, I would take to some of the trainers (at least the one/ones willing to listen) and see if they would give you some advice. They might know someone closer to where you live that can help with lessons. Good luck and let us know how you liked the show and post photos. I would love to see English western horses!!
I am planning to empty my phone memory over the next week so that I can take lots of pictures. I'm hoping I may get to see some quarter horses but would be nice to see some english breeds that are trained western, may give me something to aim to with my girl. Thanks I will try to get to talk to some of the judges/trainers etc although i'm not sure how accessible they will be. I'll try take a little video so that you can compare the classes too. Would be great if you could compare the western classes over here to over there. I'm sooo excited! I think I grew up in the wrong country where horses and riding and music in fact are concerned.
     
    08-31-2011, 11:31 AM
  #4
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Me to Netty which is why I now live in Canada, instead of the UK. Now I'm here though I've gone back to riding English style, how crazy is that?

Hope you enjoy the show, I rode in one Western show in the UK, there were a few QH's, a Fjord, a couple of Welsh Cobs, one beautiful Section D who did really well, and the usual random mixed breeds. I had a great time and people were very friendly and helpful.
     
    08-31-2011, 12:01 PM
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Have a good time and do take some videos that you can share with us, ok?

If you ever come 'cross the Pond, come see me and we'll ride western !
     
    08-31-2011, 12:12 PM
  #6
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Originally Posted by Golden Horse    
Me to Netty which is why I now live in Canada, instead of the UK. Now I'm here though I've gone back to riding English style, how crazy is that?

Hope you enjoy the show, I rode in one Western show in the UK, there were a few QH's, a Fjord, a couple of Welsh Cobs, one beautiful Section D who did really well, and the usual random mixed breeds. I had a great time and people were very friendly and helpful.
That's really strange! I think maybe it's because it's different. So in UK western is not normal and in my everyday life I like to be a little bit different from the rest of us. Now you are somewhere where western is everywhere you probably enjoy the english riding more. I ride a pure bred section d in my lessons I am taking she is amazing! I love her to bits but I would really love to experience the gaits of a true western horse.
     
    08-31-2011, 12:18 PM
  #7
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Originally Posted by tinyliny    
Have a good time and do take some videos that you can share with us, ok?

If you ever come 'cross the Pond, come see me and we'll ride western !
I would absolutely love to come to US and just have a week long of everything western. I sometimes think about saving to go to the calgary stampede? I have some money saved but I have a two year old daughter so right now it isn't an option but i'm hoping when she starts school that I can convince my mum to have her for the week while I visit and ride ride ride! You never know I might end up on your doorstep. If you see a stranger one day arriving trying to look like a cowgirl but clearly very english that will be me come to hunt you down to ride with me! You ask how would I track you down? If horses and western are together in the same sentence oh don't you worry I will find you!!!!! I think no matter how many western shows I go to here in the UK I will never be truely satisfied until I have done the real thing!
     
    08-31-2011, 12:39 PM
  #8
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Well if it's the Calgary Stampede you want them I'm closer True rodeo can be found in towns and cities all across the US, a lot cheaper than Calgary and a lot more fun. Calgary is so big and most people are visitors themselves it is a great event, but you don't feel so involved.

We went to a rodeo in Homestead in Florida and I enjoyed it far more, you got to sit on real bleachers, you could nearly touch the action, and the people we spoke to were mostly locals, far morefun.
     
    08-31-2011, 01:35 PM
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Netty, Speaking from memory from my armchair:

There is a very active Western Riding Club somewhere in the Quantock Hills in Somerset - but my memory escapes me where exactly - try the internet.

There's an outfit which trail rides Western on the western edge of Dartmoor near Tavistock. Superb scenery.

About 5 years ago I rode an English horse on a Western saddle down in Pembrokeshire near Narberth. The wife of the owner taught Western riding. As you wrote, an Englishman riding English on a Western saddle.

But much of what I have heard suggests to me that the main interest in the UK of the Western riders is in showing rather than working and riding the horses in a Western fashion. But that can be fun.

There's a farmer who breeds and sells QHs in Caldicot, Monmouthshire.

There's a chap in Ferndown Dorset who rides, breeds and trains QHs & Paints.
I am fairly confident he could teach any young Welsh Cob D to lope and jog.

But Netty to be honest I am not sure what you are looking for will be found in the Western clubs, especially if locally to where you live there is not an active club.

A well schooled English horse can trot slowly and anyway you could always sit in to a slow trot. It will hand canter if schooled to do so but don't try it on tarmacced lanes.

Likewise, just because a horse is called a QH, that doesn't mean the horse moves 'Western'.

Even without buying a QH, most of the smaller English horse breeds can be schooled to lope but you'll need to be taught to ride Western ie one handed,on a loose rein, uncollected, weight on the stirrup bars, on a Western saddle. True the saddle is more comfy than an Englsh cut saddle

But please pursue your interest - I am sure it will be fun.
     
    08-31-2011, 01:54 PM
  #10
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Barry Godden    
Netty, Speaking from memory from my armchair:

There is a very active Western Riding Club somewhere in the Quantock Hills in Somerset - but my memory escapes me where exactly - try the internet.

There's an outfit which trail rides Western on the western edge of Dartmoor near Tavistock. Superb scenery.

About 5 years ago I rode an English horse on a Western saddle down in Pembrokeshire near Narberth. The wife of the owner taught Western riding. As you wrote, an Englishman riding English on a Western saddle.

But much of what I have heard suggests to me that the main interest in the UK of the Western riders is in showing rather than working and riding the horses in a Western fashion. But that can be fun.

There's a farmer who breeds and sells QHs in Caldicot, Monmouthshire.

There's a chap in Ferndown Dorset who rides, breeds and trains QHs & Paints.
I am fairly confident he could teach any young Welsh Cob D to lope and jog.

But Netty to be honest I am not sure what you are looking for will be found in the Western clubs, especially if locally to where you live there is not an active club.

A well schooled English horse can trot slowly and anyway you could always sit in to a slow trot. It will hand canter if schooled to do so but don't try it on tarmacced lanes.

Likewise, just because a horse is called a QH, that doesn't mean the horse moves 'Western'.

Even without buying a QH, most of the smaller English horse breeds can be schooled to lope but you'll need to be taught to ride Western ie one handed,on a loose rein, uncollected, weight on the stirrup bars, on a Western saddle. True the saddle is more comfy than an Englsh cut saddle

But please pursue your interest - I am sure it will be fun.
Thank you for this information. The people that train and teach that you mentioned above are at the other side of the country to me i'm estimating 8-9 hours south and that's just one way but I appreciate the contacts and will look into them maybe they can recommend someone they know. The nearest active club is about two hours away one way but the show I am attending shortly is around 20 miles away so i'm hoping if there is a great turn out this might make a change in the area. What I would really like to do is work the cattle on the farm where I have my horses but i'm not nearly a good enough rider nor do I think my horse has 'cow'. I'm not talking moving them thousands of acres I would just like to do it for fun from field to field. As there is no opportunity here right now I will take anything I can get so I thought the show might be a great place to start. I already ride on a lose rein the one handed thing I can work on along with the rest i'm in no immediate rush to get started I'm just having fun with my mare right now. So is it worth just sending my mare for western training? She is a veteran mare who isn't all that well schooled english she has been used for many years as a driving mare and then was a broodmare before she came to me.
     

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