*First Jumper Show! Nervous!

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    05-10-2011, 09:01 PM
*First Jumper Show! Nervous!

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?
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    05-11-2011, 12:03 PM
Honestly if you are nervous you may want to find some schooling shows first. I know the shows by me will do itty bitty and puddle jumpers at 2' and 18" so there are options to get a horse used to the jumps in a show setting without a lot of stress. It keeps it simple. Also because it is not rated, some of the shows will let you go in the ring before the class and school over the jumps and lines again to help the horse's settle. Based on your experiences that sounds like a much better option (to me) for you and your horse that won't overface you or stress you out and will end in a positive rather than stressful experience.

Good luck and trust your gut - if you feel it is too much too soon, then don't do it. A trainer's job IS to push you however you have the final say. I will push my students but if they say no they are not comfortable then I have them show at a lower level until they are. My rule of thumb is to be schooling a MIN of 6" higher at home than you plan to show. So if you show 2'3" that means you should be doing 2'9" courses at home if not more.
    05-11-2011, 03:51 PM
I mean I am just nervous about remebering the courses not about really how my horse will react. I didn't mean for it to sound big rated wise lol but I meant class and amount of entry wise. It is not a a rated or high rated show but it is pretty big with thw number of people there. It is an open show. My horse has jumped up to 2"9 with room to spare.

And that sounds very interesting...we don't have those classes here. All we have is schooling jumpers which is for beginner horses and riders then normal jumpers. Hmmm hah
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    05-12-2011, 01:32 PM
Depending on where in CT you are I know of a lot of barns that host local shows and do puddle and itty bitty jumpers. Even some of the rated shows have them as well. Good luck and to find more shows definitely ask around, call around to barns, ask at feed and tack stores, etc.
    05-12-2011, 01:36 PM
My first jumper show... haha well it was the first time I actually fell off my horse.... we went to an in and out and he did the first jump and ran out on the second.... he never refuses. Only that once. Of course when I was so so so nervous my horse decides to flip out. But I had fun by the end of the day!
    05-12-2011, 03:29 PM
Oh wow that sounds like quite a day! And that actually sounds like something my horse would do but in first year jumpers the course is a lot less advanced so I hope we are good! And I know right? Horses seem to sense it when we don't want them to hah
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    05-19-2011, 05:24 PM
I would trot if you can around the course, the few schooling jumper classes I have done I trotted through most of them and think of it as a learning experience. Imagine you are riding at home but with fancier jumps. Take it nice and slow. Don't put a lot of pressure on yourself. Think you are going to do the best you can do and when you come home from the show think of the good points and reward them but also the points you can work on. :) Hope this helps
    05-19-2011, 06:43 PM
Thanks you! Yeah it is first year so I won't be the only newbie. And my trainer said there will be 12 jumps! Agh we will see! Lol

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