I am planning on going to my first Jumper show and I am nervous as heck! For one it is at a local tristate and it is a pretty big show, for two my horse has only been to three shows.
They had a schooling show on the grounds so I brought my horse there so he could get used to the grounds. He was nervous and had a little bit of anxiety but overall he was good. No buck or rears, just a little spookiness.
******The main thing is, I have not shown in forever so shows are almost foreign to me as well but once I was there I got more calm because I had the showman's nerves.
And may I add, I was showing at walk trot open classes 11-17 and I am 16. Its a little embarrassing but my horse has never been to a show and I didn't want to try canter classes with a semi-green horse.
BUT for the actual show my trainer said she thinks I am way more advanced than just walk trot sooooooo she said I should try schooling jumpers with brodie !
She said that my horse loves to jump and it is just schooling on jumper night and the jumps don't exceed 2'3.
It is true my horse wants to take a gun to his head when we do flat work, he loves jumping that much...but walk/trot to schooling jumpers?!
To tell you the truth I am very nervous about how he will react to some jumps and how the heck I will remember a course!
But I agreed to do it because I know my horse is capable of more than walk trot and I am too, it is just a BIG change for me.
My trainer said it is purely for experience, and I can trot the course if I want, but I don't know!
sorry it is long but can any of you share stories of your first jumping show?