Not such a big thing in the UK but I have trained a few in my time.
I had done a ride with a load of children when I was asked by their parents if I could get them to put on a show ay Christmas.
I am always one to take a challenge but this was something different - only one of them was a competent rider - three had never ridden before and they were to ride their children's ponies and a couple of these were rather naughty.
On top of all this it had to be a secret!
Well training started at the beginning of November. I did take several of the riders for extra lessons but the hardest thing was to get them all together at a time when the children weren't around.
It was not going so well so the ride changed from precision riding to a pantomime.
(A pantomime is a very traditional Christmas play usually based on a fairy tale.)
So, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs it was to be. This gave leeway for one mother, a total novice on a naughty pony to be Dopey so anything they did or didn't do could be part of the act.
Come the big day none of the children had a clue. Parents had gone over the top and hired the most fantastic costumes. It went well taking all into consideration - until the final curtain where they all lined up to bow to the audience. WHen Prince Charming removed his very sparkly feathered hat his horse spooked which set off a chain reaction and all bar two ended up on the floor!
It takes a lot of work to get a good team working together. Better simple exercises done well then more advanced done badly.
Good luck to you and your team.