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    04-10-2013, 02:23 PM
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Green Broke
First western show! =) prep/show tips?

So after I got over the excitment of going to my first western show (I've shown english and gymkhana, and have plans to show reining this summer or next) I have realized... I don't know squat about some of these classes and how to prep for them. I'm going to be doing show in showmanship, horsemanship, trail, WP and command.

WP and command I think I'll be fine with. I just need to tune up Skippy. When I was the one who was primarily riding her she was ridden 95% with seat and leg. Now that she has is been integrated into the lesson program you need to be more handsy with her, more then I like. That, and other issues I will easily sort out.

Horsemanship... What might the pattern consist of? Just stop, walk, lope, etc at certain markers? I should be good here too.

Trail. Typically my horse isn't the spooky type, she will step up onto a pedestal so I'm hoping that will work for a "bridge". What other obstacles are common?

Showmanship... Now this is the one I'm most clueless about. It's in hand, and the judge is looking for presentation, grooming, maneuvering and handling?

Any tips on preping for or showing these classes would be greatly appreciated, no matter how big or small!
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    04-10-2013, 08:34 PM
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Weanling
I have show western in all most all of the classes every month.

Horsemanship they can do a lot of things. Canter, walk, trot. Patterns. It just depends. They may ask you do a figure 8 at the canter and brake down to a trot and change lead. It just depends on how may people time...etc


Oh boy trail. My trail classes are normally have, gates you have to open walk through and close without letting go. Walking over polls, both sidestepping. Turn around in the box. Pick up the lead rope and move it one other spot. Back through stuff. They could give you just about anything. You never know.

Showmanship is looking at your horse and you. How you work as a team. How do you look with the horse? Can the judge see you ask for the gates? Its just like the name says.

Just make sure your horse is clipped up nice. You have a nice saddle pad. Washed up and clean. Talk clean. Bring show sheen for the tail and mane. Bring extra halters. Snack, hay bag, water. Everything you normally need for your horse.
     
    04-12-2013, 04:09 PM
  #3
Green Broke
Okay, I am not an expert at showing by any means, but I've been doing the small local shows for many years.


Showmanship - The handler is being judged at how well they can control their horse. While you don't need to spend an arm and a leg on your outfit (at the world show, then you would) you should be completely neat and tidy. That includes polishing the BOTTOM of your boots (which the judge can see when you trot away from them. Not even one hair should be astray on your, or your horse. You don't need the fanciest silver halter on your horse, but you need one that FITS your horse properly (that's the most important ... that it fits well). You will be expected to walk your horse, trot your horse (possibly both through patterns), ask your horse to pivot on a back leg, and expect your horse to "set up" for the judge like a halter horse. Do all this with a SMILE on your face. You should enjoy showing off your horse to the judge. Make sure to make confident eye contact. Also, know your quadrants. When the judge is in your horse's RF quandrant, you should be in the LF. WHen the judge moves to the RH quadrant, you should be in the RF. And so on. You should not be "dragging" your horse on the leadrope; rather, your cues should be invisible.

I have found this blog to be helpful for Showmanship
Success In The Show Pen: Training the Showmanship Horse (Updated)

For horsemanship, the RIDER is being judge on how well they can get their horse to perform manevars. You will be expected to walk/trot/lope through a pattern, including pivots, maybe sidepassing, or even a turn on the fore. And of course, backing up.

I feel that competitive trail relates very well to horsemanship, because they both require a soft, responsive horse, where you can move any part of their body at any time you wish. Trail, you will be asked to open/close some sort of gate. You will have to back through some sort of pattern; typically an L shape. YOu often will trot/lope over ground poles. Here is where it is important that your horse is naturally sure-footed, because you will get docked if they knick the ground poles.

Check out a few videos from the AQHA World Show to get an idea of what you may encounter. But please note that local shows will NOT be this complex .... it's the world show!



Again, any and all the classes, you want to be neat and clean, your horse should be neat and clean, and so should your tack on your horse. You don't have to have the most expensive things, but they need to be NEAT and CLEAN. Presentation is everything.
     

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