I want to begin showing... But I don't know even where to start
So, I just got my first horse last summer. She was honestly kind of bought on a whim from a not so good situation. Before her, I had absolutely no experience with horses. So, I took a bunch of lessons and worked with her (She used to be a trail horse for bigger folks who can't fit on regular horses. She's a 17.5 HH Percheron/quarter horse cross, and about 7 years old.) In the almost year I have owned her, we have both come a LONG way - I am a more competent rider, she trusts me and is (most of the time) happy to go out riding - though, for the last couple of weeks we haven't been out because her bridle broke, and I was having a new one made for her. She is incredibly fast to learn, says the owner of the stable she is at, and I would have to agree.
Anyways. At some point, I would love to show her. She's a beautiful animal, and I think she could do well. The thing is, I don't know *anything* about showing! It seems like a huge, daunting thing. What categories there are, what we would be judged on, what we both need to know.. It seems like in order to show, she needs to be a 100 percent perfect horse, and I a 100 percent perfect rider, and it just seems so hopelessly far away.
So, what would you suggest to a person who wants to get into show business? I plan on taking her to some shows to get her used to it. But what is a good beginning point? Thanks all for reading this!
And another question... In showing, do they judge you on the quality of your tack? She has a perfectly good saddle, but it's definitely not flashy and show worthy...