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post #1 of 7 Old 05-05-2010, 07:39 AM Thread Starter
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Training for versatility...

I'm going to show my MFT mare in versatility classes in the future. The classes I'll have to do at the Celebration are:

- Western Pleasure
- English Pleasure
- Showmanship
- Western Horsemanship
- Trail Class
- Reining
- Western Riding
- Versatility Cutting
- Hunter Hack
- Hunter Over Fences
- Pleasure Driving
- Speed Event
- Ranch Conformation
- Ranch Pleasure
- Ranch Versatility
- Ranch Working Cow
- Ranch Roping
- Ranch Cutting



My question is... in what order should I teach her all these new things? Should I group similar disciplines together and teach her those, and then go on to another group? Should I do them one by one? Should I do them all at the same time, taking them all very slowly? I don't want to rush her, but I don't want her to forget how to do one thing while I'm teaching her another.

At this point, all she really knows how to do is reining and trail/obstacles.
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Don't you only have to do a certain number of events not all of them? It seems like alot to do and really varied.

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Don't you only have to do a certain number of events not all of them? It seems like alot to do and really varied.
Hmm... On a different part of the website, it says you have to do at least six of these:

- Western Pleasure
- English Pleasure
- Showmanship
- Western Horsemanship
- Trail
- Reining
- Western Riding
- Hunter Hack
- Barrel Race


So I don't know what those extra classes are about...
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I would take out the showmanship (because I hate it) and the english classes and then train for the rest. Reining training will take you a long way in most of the classes. I'm not sure what the difference is between western horsemanship and western riding but one is probably more like a reining class and the other is like a western pleasure class with the focus on the riders equitation.

Break each class down into the elements and practice those elements at random.

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I would take out the showmanship (because I hate it) and the english classes and then train for the rest. Reining training will take you a long way in most of the classes. I'm not sure what the difference is between western horsemanship and western riding but one is probably more like a reining class and the other is like a western pleasure class with the focus on the riders equitation.

Break each class down into the elements and practice those elements at random.
Cool, thanks for the help!
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I would take out the showmanship (because I hate it) and the english classes and then train for the rest. Reining training will take you a long way in most of the classes. I'm not sure what the difference is between western horsemanship and western riding but one is probably more like a reining class and the other is like a western pleasure class with the focus on the riders equitation.

Break each class down into the elements and practice those elements at random.
Western horsemanship is judged on the rider much like showmanship is judged on the handler.

Western Riding is a pattern class that is about control with a lot of lead changes through a pattern of cons.

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Okay, I got the info from the rulebook. There are five categories, and you have to compete in at least four of them.

Category 1 - Western Pleasure and English Pleasure
Category 2 - Showmanship at Halter, Western Horsemanship, and Trail Class
Category 3 - Reining, Western Riding, and Versatility Ranch Cutting
Category 4 - Hunter over Fences, Hunter Hack, and Pleasure Driving
Category 5 - Barrel Race, Stake Race, and Pole Bending

I'd like to do them all if I have the time, but if I don't I think I'll give Category 4 a skip, since HoF and Pleasure Driving will probably be the hardest to teach her.


And I have the score sheets, so you can get an idea of what they want to see in each of the classes: Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association - Versatility Judges Score Sheets




From the first list, I think the "ranch" classes are for a separate award - WGC Ranch Horse as opposed to WGC Versatility.
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