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Training for my first show!

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        08-05-2009, 02:03 AM
    Talking Training for my first show!

    So, I was talking to my riding instructor just last night and she happened to mention that in Dec-Jan 2010 there will be the bi-annual Saddleworld Twilight Showjumping Series at the Equestrian Centre. This event is "specifically" for riders/horses just entering the world of show jumping (fence height ranging from 50-75cm) and suggested that I should compete. Now, I don't own a horse and I ride just once a week (hadn't even CONTEMPLATED about competing in a show before then, lol) so I was a little confused.
    But then she mentioned that Sterling (the newest addition to the riding school) was in need of some extra training, and suggested that I could enter on him!!!! *does the happy dance*

    He's a 15.1hh QH/Arab/TB, muscled, dapple grey and VERY pretty.
    He's apparently also an experienced, bold jumper, but since he's a more advanced horse, he doesn't get ridden as often as she would like, and so he's a little hot.
    I absolutely LOVE jumping, and on a calm, steady horse that doesn't refuse all that often, I have no problems, but since Sterling's an advanced horse, I'm going to need a LOT of work on him I have the confidence to jump him, in all seriousness, what will be my first time riding where "other" people can see me!!
    Not even my dad knows how I ride, because I'm so embarrassed about looking awful.

    She suggested that I could come out during the week and work him, no charge, seeing as she doesn't have the time to lunge and ride him herself, and come out with her to a few schooling sessions out at the equestrian centre, to get tutoring from a proper show jumping coach!

    A few conditions:
    * Sharing some of the costs, like entry, floating costs, training, schooling - no brainer, and absolutely no problem. I have few expenses at the moment.
    * On the day, I'm to come out and get him ready (wash, brush, braid etc.) - sounds like awesome fun! And I don't even have to get up early and do it, cause it's an afternoon/evening jumping show!
    * Be in charge of ALL of his tack, saddle - including spare girth, stirrup leathers/irons etc., bridle, breastplate/martingale, saddle pad(s), brushes and the rest. That should be fine, I'm good with lists, and everything out there is marked and labelled anyway)

    Any tips for building confidence, possible training sessions, preparing for a show, what to do on the DAY of the show? Even things like how to remember a whole freaking course would help!!! I've only ever jumped four or five jumps in mock-course at the riding school, and even then I forget which way I'm steering next, 'cause all I'm thinking after a jump is "Wow! I survived!"
    Sorry for the novel, but I'm just so excited, and I know its AGES away, but I'm freaking out about it already!!!!
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        08-05-2009, 06:35 AM
    Good for you, how exciting!
        08-05-2009, 09:54 AM
    Sounds like fun! Make sure you learn your courses early and it REALLY helps to go watch a bunch before it is your turn. That way not only have you learned your course, but you've seen it too...and you can pick up pointers on how it rides. You will have so much fun. Shows are awesome...just concentrate on what you are doing and have fun!!
        08-05-2009, 10:24 AM
    Watch people go before you! Chances are, many willmess up, especially if it's your first show! Go there expecting nothing but having fun and learning. If you mess up, nobody will care but you! Think of every mistake as a learning opportunity
        08-06-2009, 07:39 AM
    Thanks! Hopefully I'll be good enough by the time the competition swings around!

    Oh! Forgot to mention - Sterling has all these weird patches of black hair all over his rump. He already had them when my instructor bought him from his previous owners. They're not natural markings, he hasn't got any black on him anywhere else.? Any idea what they are? Can I make them look any better on the day of the show? I want him to look nice, and I don't want people thinking the wrong things about him/me/my instructor.
        08-06-2009, 09:45 AM
    They are probably scars, with the hair grown back in darker...not really anything you can do for them. Just give him a good bath...use some Quic Silver...but don't let it sit on him too long or he will turn purple! Scrub him up and do his tail so it isn't yellowish...other than that he will be fine I am sure! Good luck!
        08-06-2009, 04:57 PM
    Thanks again! As you can see, Im stressing already!
        08-06-2009, 08:28 PM
    As far as learning the course, I'd never jumped a complete course before the first time I showed just a few weeks ago. I walked it 3 times and used really simple terms to help me brick wall thingy to ugly brown natural fence, to red and green Christmas fence. It worked great. It's easier to remember than I thought it would be.
        08-06-2009, 09:03 PM
    Thats so exciting and such a great opportunity for you!

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