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Newbie needs some tips for first show!
I'm new... although I've been lurking around reading some threads LOL! I'm going to be competing in a local western show this weekend with my new QH mare. It is mainly for fun but I'm excited to dress up and get a little competitive. I never had any kind of training in western pleasure (mainly rode english for the past 10+ years) but she has had western pleasure and reining training at a college so I figured I'd give it a try with her. From other WP horses I've seen in person/online she definitely has a nice western pleasure walk and jog. I'm planning on competing in some Sr. Beginner W/J classes. What should I work with her this week to make sure we are somewhat prepared? I don't want to make a complete fool out of myself. :lol: :oops:
What certain things should I be focusing on to make sure I'm in the right position/stance? I know you want to have good posture, heels down, one arm at your side and the other with a loose rein. I ride her in a western snaffle. Is this okay? I'm going to be getting the hat and show shirt tomorrow to match her pad. I'm borrowing a friend's pair of black chaps. Are you supposed to wear your hair down or up?
Anything else I'm missing? Thanks in advance!
You just need to make sure your horse is really soft, supple, and in shape before the show. Surprisingly, holding that slow collection is very difficult, and a horse that is out of shape will do the ugly putz-along. I would do a lot of long trotting, changing speeds, two-tracking at the jog, counter-bending at the jog, and getting my cues really snappy and refined. I need her very sensitive to the snaffle, and to be able to squeeze her butt into it without looking obvious.
Have good posture. A really mean exercise for posture is to ride without stirrups, while hanging your spurs off your toes. That will really teach you to sit up tall and put your leg in the correct position so the spur doesn't fall off.
In a snaffle, you will have to ride two-handed. Do not ride one-handed in a snaffle, it looks very novice. Take a nice hold of the reins, keep your hands pointed in the direction of her mouth, bend your elbows. Pick up contact if you need it, or learn how to push her hip if she drops into a putsy trot..
Only wear your hair down if you have a glorious ponytail. Otherwise, put it up in the hat, looking neat and professional is far more important than "glamour". Band your horse if you have time, it always helps make the neck look nicer.
Have fun! :)
Thanks for the reply! I appreciate it.
You don't need spurs if you don't normally ride her with spurs. I use spurs because my horse is spur broke.
And yes, ALWAYS keep your leg on her as this is what keeps her round and rated.
Straw hats are fine if it's between Memorial Day and Labor Day, as they are considered a "summer" thing. I have a straw hat that I wear in WP during the summer (I show AQHA), so they perfectly fine.
Too bad it's past labor day. I love my straw hat! LOL. My friend that I'm going to the show with has a black hat so I'll be able to use that one. Should I try and buy an actual show shirt or would a nice, tailored shirt be okay with black chaps? I'm trying to look the part as well as I can without draining my entire bank account :lol:
If it's a local open show, I wouldn't worry about what bit. Whatever is most comfortable. You'll see a lot of training tack going on at an open show, so I doubt they'll knock you down for wearing a snaffle. I have all the time.
I'd get a felt hat. If you're going to be frequently showing, it's good to invest in one. A nice white button-up should be good. I even like to add a little colored scarf for panache, lol. :)
Thanks oh vair oh you've been very helpful :)
One more question. Here are the class choices I'm trying to figure out which ones would be the best to sign up for?
Schooling Pleasure W/J
Senior Beginner Pleasure W/J
Open Sr. Trail Course
Open Sr. W/J/L (not sure about this one since she doesn't really have the WP lope)
Thanks GotaDun! I have a nice, white tailored shirt so I think I'm going to use that. I just need to get a belt and a hat. Anyone have any opionions on which classes to sign up for? :think:
Don't do the loping and don't do the trail. If they have a W/J horsemanship pattern, do that instead. The trail class will have loping over poles unless otherwise specified. Usually "cherry picking" is not allowed. Cherry picking is basically when people who enter both W/J and W/J/L. Usually it's good form to only do W/J and not cross-enter unless you audit a loping class.
Would you try some showmanship for fun too? :)
Besides, any class that is called "open" will have trainers and professionals in it (and everybody and their brother, lol).
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