How high should I show
Ok so we’ve decided to do all schooling shows for our first season with the boys.
Chase I already have it decided to do 18 inch, he’s never been in a show before, plus new fillers I feel I’ll be a lot more confident doing smaller classes with him.
Bee is where I’m not sure. I’m feeling confident with him schooling 3 foot and over at home, but not in full courses. He has shown at this location for an entire successful season with no refusals. Right now I’m tempted to enter us into 2’3-2’6, which is what I had bad luck with last year. I feel like once I actually get to the show my nerves are going to running wild. I could enter us into 2 foot, so if something happens I can trot him into the jumps, and I’ll have higher confidence knowing he’s done it before. But if I enter into 2 foot it’ll be back to back with Chases classes, so if something happens then my confidence won’t be high when I go to show Chase, and I’ll be sweaty and tired with no break before I go back in.
If I do the higher class then I’ll have a longer break between the divisions, and I’ll be super proud of myself if I make it though without falling off, kind of redeeming myself from falling off at every show last year. However there are more fillers, and you aren’t allowed to trot into jumps, so if he refuses I’ll have to canter him back in. And if something goes wrong I’ll get super overwhelmed and stressed out like last year.
If this was your situation what would you do? Play it safe with the lower division, or enter the higher classes, which I KNOW I can do, but I tend to overthink things when I get to shows.
I don’t even know if any of this makes sense. Maybe. Maybe not.