I would really appreciate any information anyone has for me. This may be a rant, I’ve been holding this in for the past 5 weeks. The first show in a week from Friday. In the past 7years I was showing hunters, no big classes. Med. Pony and hi/low nothing to spectacular I was always okay, never the consistent winner, champion or reserve I went along and did okay. I was out of riding for about a year and have been back in it since last May-ish. Anyway got my new show horse, she’s an amazing jumper. Had the year all planned then my coach throws in “ You should do the medals”. I have a secret love for hunters, equitation and hunt seat. I have a huge respect for the riders and horses that do it and especially the people who stick with it and make a career out of it. I was just never thought realistically I would get anywhere doing it.
I know the best way to have a shot at doing well is to practice practice practice and I do. 2 lessons a week and other days I constantly work on things and practice what my coach and I have gone over. I can do all the USEF tests 1-19 ( except the on and off from the ground. Not going to happen) I have come a long way with my horses and no one at the barn really can believe how far we’ve come and I just love learning and pushing myself to ride better. I am a very serious rider and I want to give myself the best shot at being successful ( That does not mean ribbons). I know its just about too late to go and change my ride but anything that can help us look the part! LOL!
Anyway, I am so nervous about this class, when I think of equitation I think of Maclay and NO in-between. Just if you do an eq. Class you must be like a Mayclay rider. It’s a jumper medal we are doing. So does anyone have any tips/ advice for the class? I’m thinking go around with the best eq. I can pull out of myself and I should be okay, but people are saying “it’s a jumper medal go around like a jumper” My frame of mind is good eq. Is good eq. And doesn’t matter is your in jumpers of hunters.
Also, in that show I will do a 1 or two 3’3 warm up classes. But those goes right before the medal class. So I was thinking bring double of everything? Do the jumper classes is my “at home tack” and one of my less fancy show jackets and then do a complete swap in-between? In case I get slobbered on, to make sure the important class has the cleanest tack. Should I ride her in the figure 8 or reg. Bridle (She goes in both just fine). I have Sheepskin open front boots, is that okay for the jumper medal or should I go with a leather open front boot (PS: Due to finances I don’t have any but I could probably borrow from a friend) But since this is a very important class to me I would like my grooms to be on point. (That is NOT to sound rude) The grooms are all volunteers and love horses, so should I maybe offer to pay so I can trust I will have someone to help me who will take it as seriously as I do? I believe in a hunter class the bottom of your boots should be just as clean as the top and sides. And I know that may sound crazy but I actually take showing very very seriously. I want to give my horse and I the best shot we can.. even if I do get funny looks now and again.
I hope this makes sense and wasn’t just a big ramble…Any extra details I that you have that would benefit me, information, what’s expected and how you get ready for an important class I would really appreciate it!!! ** sorry it's long **