which western show classes are best for a beginner?
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Riding Horses > Western Riding

which western show classes are best for a beginner?

This is a discussion on which western show classes are best for a beginner? within the Western Riding forums, part of the Riding Horses category
  • Western class show
  • Western trail class beginners

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
    12-05-2011, 04:01 PM
  #1
Weanling
which western show classes are best for a beginner?

I've tried to youtube some beginner classes to have a look at but i'm not really sure what i'm supposed to be looking for. Please could you give me some advice about which classes would be best for a beginner. Although I am cantering now I would like to stick to a walk and trot test for my first ever western show actually first ever show. What would best suit me? What is involved in a western pleasure class?
     
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
    12-05-2011, 08:40 PM
  #2
twh
Weanling
We're talking local shows, right?

Enter anything labeled w/t in your age group. Usually pleasure, horsemanship, command. Some shows offer trail classes.

At a local show, they're generally more relaxed about tack and dress: you can use your everyday tack and your outfit doesn't have to be all sparkly and fancy --- a collared shirt, jeans, boots, hat should do.
Posted via Mobile Device
     
    12-06-2011, 03:23 AM
  #3
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by twh    
We're talking local shows, right?

Enter anything labeled w/t in your age group. Usually pleasure, horsemanship, command. Some shows offer trail classes.

At a local show, they're generally more relaxed about tack and dress: you can use your everyday tack and your outfit doesn't have to be all sparkly and fancy --- a collared shirt, jeans, boots, hat should do.
Posted via Mobile Device
Yes just local shows. I just want a simple test to get used to a show atmosphere. That's great I wouldn't want to spend lots of money on clothes as I might decide it's not for me.
     
    12-06-2011, 03:25 AM
  #4
Weanling
What exactly do the classes involve? Are there obstacles to go through and gates to open and close etc or are there classes that are just flatwork?
     
    12-06-2011, 03:33 AM
  #5
twh
Weanling
Pleasure, horsemanship, command is generally w/t/c in both directions, and then the judge may ask you to back, no obstacles involved. Trail classes usually have cones and poles, but can also have gates and bridges.

Have you ever watched a WP or Trail class?
     
    12-06-2011, 03:58 AM
  #6
Weanling
May I suggest that you go to a show just to watch...that should give you an idea of what all is offered and involved. I definitely wouldnt recommend just showing up to a show without any previous knowledge of whats going on, and while videos are helpful, they don't show the full picture.
     
    12-06-2011, 04:53 AM
  #7
Foal
Hi Netty83. Like you I live in the uk and my first ever show was a western one. You are limited over here, as Western riding is still a minority sport, though it's rapidly growing in popularity. At my first show I entered a walk/jog class which, as the name suggests, is all done at nothing faster than a jog. It is a rail class, so you don't have any obstacles. I agree with Duren - go along to a show and have a look, chat to competitors (very friendly in the Western world!) and see for yourself. It will give you a better idea of what you can have a go at. Do you belong to a western society or have regular western lessons?
     

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Fun Show Classes wintec Horse Talk 13 06-14-2013 06:38 PM
Western tack for beginner JustPaint Horse Tack and Equipment 6 06-06-2011 02:31 PM
has anyone ever used or seen a Haflinger used for western classes or games? Blondes Western Riding 8 04-12-2011 02:04 PM
Show Classes!!!!!!???? myponygizmo Horse Shows 1 10-19-2010 10:51 PM
Western classes- What they look for CountryJay Western Riding 15 04-29-2010 08:51 AM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:00 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0