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post #1 of 5 Old 08-21-2009, 12:32 PM Thread Starter
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Would like to learn more about showing!

I would love, LOVE, LOOOOOVE to learn more and go forward with showing my mare. I really don't know anyone who shows, and the barn I was at no longer has any showing members. I don't even know where to begin! I don't know what kind of ground-shows there are, or riding. I have been riding about 6 years, but never had anything registered that I could really work, as most of my work has been put into bringing the horses back to health and starting them under saddle, and never really took interest in it. Beings we are moving from Kansas to very rural Montana in a couple weeks, I would like to get into some kind of little shows to meet people, and I'm not eligible for 4H. Where can I start? I want to use my little APHA mare, she's 4, and there are pics on my profile. She's not in the best muscular condition, and not broke to ride yet, however, would be really easy to get done once we get somewhere steady. She's good in the round pen, with and without the longe line. Any ideas? I have been riding western, but haven't had the tools to ride english.
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post #2 of 5 Old 08-21-2009, 12:48 PM
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Where are you moving in Montana? I'm in Bozeman and could probably help you find something.
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post #3 of 5 Old 08-21-2009, 06:12 PM
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You can always start off at some local schooling shows? They are REALLY good for being pretty low key and easy going about attire and greener horses. It's a great place to really just get her out and about and use to a possible 'show' life. Plus at the lunch breaks you can ask the judge questions about showing or what you can do to improve or why you placed 2nd ot didn't place at all. It's great fun, I know a lot about Open and breed shows (as do any other members) and a LITTLE about rated shows. So if you want to can message me with questions (or really almost anyone on here lol) or post them here and you'll get tons of answers!

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post #4 of 5 Old 08-22-2009, 03:30 AM
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In my area (Australia) we have a western riding club which is open to all horses provided that they can be ridden western (or hunter). They have a show each month and its pretty low-key but they also have breed shows which are big. They have an "Other breeds" section of the halter classes where the ones who aren't registerd or arent paints, qhs or appies show. Its quite good. IDK what its like in the USA, but I guess local shows and clubs would be the way to go.
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post #5 of 5 Old 08-22-2009, 08:07 AM
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I would definitely start out by going to some shows and watching. That will show you what people are doing as well as you might meet some people there who could help you. Once you've been and watched you should get a much better idea of what is going on.

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