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    12-29-2013, 09:02 PM
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Green Broke
Arrow I have until Summer and Im already freaking out:)

Im showing Sunny at fair next year. I believe I will only do showmanship in hand.. (halter class) but not quite sure. Needless to say.. I am a bit freaked out lol. My 4H group DOESN'T have a horse leader.. So I am doing that with the help of my friends and their parents.. ekk..

Is the a set pattern? And What type of things do I need to teach Sunny..

Different requirements for showing? Thanks for the help:)
     
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    12-30-2013, 11:00 AM
  #2
Green Broke
Showmanship and Halter are two different classes. Which will you be doing?

I've read this blog before on Showmanship, and I found it very helpful.
Success In The Show Pen: Training the Showmanship Horse (Updated)


Showmanship you will lead your horse through a set pattern. The pattern will be at least posted that morning. If it's just local level stuff, it would probably be something simple such as walk from cone A to cone B, trot from cone B to cone C. Stop at cone C. Back up 3 feet. Set for the judge. Pivot 360. Line up. (The pattern you see her do on that blog video is for higher level competition. You won't do anything that complicated at a local level.)

They will have some sort of drawing or picture to go with the instructions.

In showmanship, NEVER touch your horse with your hands.

Take the time every single day to train your horse to "set up" for the judge. Don't spend a ton of time in the show ring trying to get it perfect. My personal rule is to keep it well under 10 seconds. Set the back feet first, and then the front.

Keep the 4 quadrant rule. So if the judge is in a front quarter of your horse (let's say front right shoulder) then you should also be in front on the opposite side (let's say left front). If the judge is in the back quarter of your horse, then you need to be on the SAME side in the front. Keep your movements brisk and sharp in 1 or 2 steps.

Always smile at the judge.

Pivoting is the hardest and takes lots of practice, but you will always pivot your horse clockwise, with you on your horses left side.

When stopping at cones, always stop so that the cone is in the center of your horse's body. Make sure you stay far enough away from the cones so that if you do a pivot, you won't walk on top of it when you come around.

So you'll want to teach Sunny to stand calmly when you ask, trot easily in hand, and stop easily. You'll also want to teach her to pivot around her inside hind foot.

Showmanship, you are judged on how "invisible" your cues to the horse are, and how you can handle/control your horse on the ground.

Halter classes are a little different. The handler is not judged, but the horse is. But of course, you don't want your horse prancing around like an idiot, because the judge won't get a good look at the horse. So you'll still want to teach your horse the same fundamentals for good handling, so you can show off the horse's conformation the best.

Technically, you CAN touch your horse in halter classes. But it's not as professional-looking so I wouldn't recommend it.

Same 4-quadrant rule still applies in halter. Setting up your horse still applies because you want your horse to look their best.

The "pattern" will often be walking toward the judge, then trotting toward. Set up and be inspected. And then trot away from the judge to line up. Or something to that effect. They should post that for you the day of the show.
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    12-30-2013, 11:07 AM
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Green Broke
Also, read the rule book. I was pinned last in my class because I was wearing spurs in my class. I had just hopped off riding my horse and literally rushed into showmanship. The judge spoke with me privately after and said I was top 3 but the rule book says spurs are not appropriate attire for the class. It was a very stupid thing to lose over.
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    12-30-2013, 12:12 PM
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I agree with everything beau has said. That is exactly what I would have said, hehe!!
And yes, the don't like you to have spurs on - if you do then as slide said, you may get placed lower.
Practice like you are doing the pattern in front of the judge.
When you walk around the arena, every five steps you take, look at the judge for two or three steps.
You want to show great eye contact.

You are showing your horse, you are proud of having your horse here, so stand tall, smile, and walk and show with confidence.

If the judge asks you a question you do not know, just say, "I'm not sure." don't try and guess because 1. The judge may know it or 2. She may know that you not know. It is just best to tell the truth and if you don't know a question then say, I'm not sure. Because that is the best thing and they would prefer you do that instead of making something up or guessing.

I also suggest bathing your horse the night before the show day - because the day of everyone is waiting their turn to wash they horse and it will be busy. That is how it was with me and there are only two wash racks.

I also suggest getting your horse out an hour early to prepare him and to tons go groudnwork. It helps a bunch. It may seem like you are taking him out too early, but that time goes by fast. One thing I suggest if you are new at this, is don't be the first one to walk in - that way you can see others to the pattern before you do. I do that and I still think I am going to get it all wrong!!

Go in the show ring with your expectations at level zero.
My first and second year of showing (my second year was last year) I walked into the ring not even expecting to place. But two years in row I got reserve champion, and both years it was with different horses.
Always have your expectations low because that way whatever you get you will be more than happy with. Don't walk into the ring expecting to win, because if you don't get it then you will be bummed out and just not feel good.

It also depends on the other riders - in my class there were two older people, seniors in highschool. One got champion and me, a freshman and then again as a sophomore I beat one of them. But the won't be here this year and I am the next oldest, so far all I know I could win, or one of the newer and much younger members could kick me right out of both of those places. Every time you show, have low expectations.

Good luck!
     
    12-30-2013, 02:09 PM
  #5
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by amberly    
Every time you show, have low expectations.
I'm going to disagree with that.

If you walk into that ring, thinking in your head that you are NOT going to place, it is going to show on your face and body posture. And the judge will see that you are not confident.

If you want to project to the judge that "I'm a winner" then you have to think it. Have the mindset that YES my horse is going to do awesome and YES I am proud to show him off.

No, you may not win for quite a while, just starting out, but you should still think it because it will help your body language project confidence. Keep your chin held high and be proud of your horse!
     
    12-30-2013, 06:52 PM
  #6
Weanling
Go watch a lot of classes too before your event! Most of all have fun, you'll learn a lot, meet lots of new people and you'll be hooked in no time!
     
    12-31-2013, 11:24 AM
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Originally Posted by beau159    
I'm going to disagree with that.

If you walk into that ring, thinking in your head that you are NOT going to place, it is going to show on your face and body posture. And the judge will see that you are not confident.
I must have not explained it good enough, sorry.
I'm not saying that you should not expect to win, I am saying that she should well, maybe goals was probably a better word to use. Like she should walk into the arena and be proud to even be able to make it into the arena.
No matter what you are always a winner - some people, like the judges, just don't see that you are the winner

But sorry about that, I probably should have said goals instead.
Like, show like you are the winner as soon as you take a step into the arena, but don't expect to win. I mean like, show and act and walk like you won the world, but don't always expect to be grand champion every time you show.

Does that make a little more sense? It's hard to explain.
     

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