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Born2Ride 02-24-2012 08:11 PM

how long before you showed?
So for all of you english riders how long did you ride/take lessons before you were ready to compete? Did you do just english pleasure, jumping, dressage etc? How did you do in your first show? Im just curious since I will be starting lessons next week and would eventually down the road like to show.
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busysmurf 02-24-2012 08:30 PM

3 months after I started. I'm really glad there's only 2 pictures in existence of that day! I wish I could forget it, LOL. Don't be in a hurry to show, I'd wait until you feel you've got a good foundation established
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Born2Ride 02-24-2012 08:41 PM

Im assuming your show didn't go so well lol?
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Opus 02-24-2012 08:45 PM

I took 2 lessons a week for about 7 weeks in college before going to my first show. My trainer at college then put me on the IHSA huntseat team in the Walk-Trot class. IIRC, I placed fourth at my first show, then fifth at the next. There were about 12 girls in both classes.

I did my first non-IHSA show in the spring of that same year, in a walk-trot-canter class, and got second. (Losing to a 12-year-old. Not that I'm bitter, 13 years later.)

Honestly, there's so many lower level classes now, you could pretty much show dressage, 'jumpers' (ground poles) or huntseat with only a month or two of steady instruction. Of course, this all depends on you, your trainer and the classes offered locally.

Born2Ride 02-24-2012 08:54 PM

Ok thanks for the information, I will be taking lessons once a week, and am hoping to be getting a horse soon to pratice on at home in between lessons.
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busysmurf 02-24-2012 09:20 PM


Originally Posted by Born2Ride (Post 1377273)
Im assuming your show didn't go so well lol?
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Granted, I was 7:) but i was trying to ride a horse that had only done huntseat, western. needless to say sitting trot was not addressed in my weekly lessons. Calling me a pogo stick would've been an understatement, LOL
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Born2Ride 02-24-2012 09:41 PM

Ahh, yeah that doesn't sound to great haha. Im use to sitting the trot since I've only rode western.
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busysmurf 02-24-2012 09:52 PM

No one ever told me how to move with the horse. My instructor always screamed at me to sit up straight and still, she failed to mention I could move my hips to stay in rhythm w/ the horse. WOULD'VE BEEN GOOD INFORMATION TO KNOW AHEAD OF TIME!! LOL
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Born2Ride 02-24-2012 10:14 PM

Lol, I know its strange but im better at sitting the trot instead of the canter. Apparently everybody tells me the canter should be easier to sit, then again my mare had a nice wp jog if you made her get into (nobody else could get her to slow down her trot for them). But a really rough canter, and she would constantly throw me off balance.
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LostDragonflyWings 02-25-2012 12:13 AM

I don't remember exactly how long it was before my first show, but my first show was only walk/trot (shortly after that I learned to canter).

Switched barns and trainers, a year or two later I did flat classes (w/t/c), crossrails, and verticles. Those were just schooling shows, then I did one event... and now... a few years later again, I am getting back into eventing.

I agree that you should establish a good foundation first, then consider showing. Schooling shows are a lot of fun if you can find some near you! While you should have a certain amount of experience prior to entering the show ring, you don't have to be able to jump 3 feet perfectly before you go. Flat classes are fun, and any experience you can get will help out down the road when you move up levels and difficulty.

I didn't show on a regular basis, but my pony and I almost always placed at the schooling shows. My horse has only shown I believe 3 times... twice at the schooling shows and one event.

It is a hard mindset at first, but go with the intent to do your best, for your horse to do his/her best, and to have fun. Show them what you've got and hopefully the ribbons follow. Just because you don't place doesn't mean you didn't perform well..... it just means it is time to go home, practice some more, and return next show to kick some butt! :wink:

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