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post #1 of 9 Old 05-20-2012, 12:04 PM Thread Starter
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Novice mum with son's first competition. Which one should he enter?

Hi there. I wonder if you may be able to help.
My 9 year old son started riding 18 months ago and loves it. He's cantering and started jumping about 6 months ago.
His instructor has said that he's ready to take part in a competition, but there are so many and I really don't know where to turn, or which competition I should enter him for.
I'm trying really hard to learn all the terminology as we learn and go along, but not being offay with it all, I'm baffled. There are so many different catagories.
Can anyone assist.
And also what should he wear that's acceptable? We have the jodphurs/jacket etc...Should he be wearing an acceptable tie colour?
I just find that it's so female orientated, but there's no guidance for boys.
Any help much appreciated. Thank you from a frazzled mum!
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post #2 of 9 Old 05-20-2012, 12:33 PM
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I didn't ride as a kid, but I know pony club is where most kids start. Your son's instructor should be able to help you with proper dress as well as what show to start with. Be sure to get lots of pics. It's so cute watching the little ones do their first shows. They all look so happy.

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Thank you so much for your answer. But, I still don't know what to enter him for. The instructor's are so busy with lessons' and really don't have the time. And I don't want to be in their way. All I need to know, is what I enter him for. Best combination..does that mean horse/rider. SJ..I don't know what that means. Thank you very much for putting up with my ignorance!
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Don't worry about bugging the instructor. You pay them for a service. They can afford to spend a few minutes answering your questions. Maybe ask some of the other parents around the barn for info too. Most kids start with a class that says something like walk/trot/cross rails. I don't have kids so I really can't offer help. There are lots of parents here, so somebody will help you I'm sure. It's a very nice day, and I'm sure all of the lucky people not working today, unlike me, are out riding.
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I would honestly try taking some time out to talk to his instructor. They know your son's riding ability and the direction that he's going towards, we don't. Even 5 minutes of the instructors time to explain a few times would do you a world of good. LoL. Jumping is foreign material to me, so I think I'm in the same boat as you.

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I would honestly try taking some time out to talk to his instructor. They know your son's riding ability and the direction that he's going towards, we don't. Even 5 minutes of the instructors time to explain a few times would do you a world of good. LoL. Jumping is foreign material to me, so I think I'm in the same boat as you.
Yes it makes much more sense to talk to the instructor and decide where to go. I would assume the instructor would also be there and offer some guidance. Much more effective than advice from people that do not know what is going on and skill level.
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Most sales people at tack stores can help with what to wear.
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Thank you very much for your answers. Much appreciated
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