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post #11 of 24 Old 07-15-2011, 03:01 PM
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Winning on my 14.3 pinto i started training when i was 11 against people who are spending more than $100 on lessons a week on $10,000+ large sport horses.
I love showing my horses off, and i love that we make each other look good in company. Also my guys get really excited to go to a show, and love hanging out all day perfectly pampered at the show grounds. that's what keeps me doing it.
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post #12 of 24 Old 07-15-2011, 04:39 PM
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I'm not going to lie.

Showing off. Honestly, I love showing off my improvements and achievements with my horse. I want to show off our bond, our difficulties and overcoming those. I love showing my horse off, I think he is beautiful and incredibly talented. I love the adrenaline of feeling nervous and accomplishing goals and pushing myself to achieve better and better. It is never really about a faster time, or the best placing for me. But sometimes the best shows are where we have a clean round, or we both get along and have a great connection. Its about improving our personal best and understanding each other in a stressful situation.
you said it beautifully- it is all about the connection and knowing that you have pushed your self to be the best you can be for your horse. Also getting a ribbon after it is all said and done isn't bad either :)

I also am an only child so going to the show and riding with other people and showing with my friends kind of makes me feel like I have sister and a few brothers too :)
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post #13 of 24 Old 07-18-2011, 04:48 PM
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IS the world of showing cut-throat, I ask because I seen where someone said some people spend thousands on the sport?
What ages usually compete or is it any age?
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post #14 of 24 Old 07-18-2011, 04:53 PM
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it is true at the upper levels it is very competitive and you kinda have to keep up with the Jones's and spend the money on the horse and clothes and feed and the astronomical entrance fees. As for ages- leadline with kids as young as 2 (With a person leading a horse) and my old trainers grand mother showed her very feisty Saddlebred stallion until she was 89! lower levels and fun shows are a blast though.
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post #15 of 24 Old 08-11-2011, 06:46 AM
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I seem to like dressing nicely and doing my best that I can and winning a few ribbons is just a bonus ;) I am secretly hoping to get to the royal sonn, shhhhhhh, dont tell anyone lol

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post #16 of 24 Old 08-11-2011, 11:18 AM
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I love the fun lol. I love spending all that time with my riding friend, parents, horses and parents. I love the thrill, and even the nerves.

I also love the sense of accomplishment, when you place, or win, or even improve on something trivial like your horse trotted well or something.

I just love the whole thing lol.

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post #17 of 24 Old 08-11-2011, 11:36 AM
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I am very competitive, and I like the accomplishment of feeling like I did well. Plus I just love the atmosphere, and I love how it feels if you feel your horse ride to the occasion.

I haven't had the luck to consistently show my own horse, so I am really looking forward to that feeling as well.

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post #18 of 24 Old 08-11-2011, 09:51 PM
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IS the world of showing cut-throat, I ask because I seen where someone said some people spend thousands on the sport?
What ages usually compete or is it any age?
Thousands is nothing, I spend thousands (well "spent", got most of the expensive stuff purchased), some disciplines & levels spend tens or hundreds of thousands. It can be cut throat but I only show at open shows, not breed. Shows I attend, some have leadline, so as long as they can stay on a horse by themselves & have someone lead them, that's the beginning age, up to adult.
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post #19 of 24 Old 08-14-2011, 01:33 AM
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Hahahah. The showing off is the best and also being able to show what were made of!!

Having a awesome outfit is one thing that makes it fun....
On topic ... I can't wait till next show.... Training hard lol
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post #20 of 24 Old 08-14-2011, 03:32 AM
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Me too lol Only about 5 weeks away now!

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