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post #1 of 3 Old 09-20-2015, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
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New to English riding/Showing


I'm starting this thread to sort of get a feel as to how "fit-in" into English riding a bit more. I've ridden almost exclusively western, but I really want to start eventing. I've been to a few English barns, but I feel like they're very "judgy". Is there a way to get past this?

Also, if I start consistently riding, about how long do you think that it'd be before I could show in the way way lower levels.

Sorry this is a sporadic post, but, I don't know how else to word it!

Thank you!
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Have you had or are you taking lessons? Do you know what eventing entails? Open shows, especially at county fairs, are a good way to get your feet wet and to observe. Shows that include green and novice classes are good to watch. I think to "fit in" one must really take lessons in that discipline to understand the "language" and what is needed for tack and equipment.

I started by taking a few lessons from a friend who had shown hunt seat and saddle seat through her high school years. She guided me with purchase of tack. It got me started. Showing in the open shows that included Western and English classes were low key and not too "judgy" since they were not considered highly competitive like on a show circuit.

You can show if your horse is broke, but don't expect to place in the English disciplines until it is developed.

Read, watch, ask questions.
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Since you are in Colorado, I would guess that yes, English barns are probably indeed going to be more on the judgy side. Anywhere in the West, where there is an indigenous and completely different tradition, I think there is this perhaps a bit defensive attitude of 'we're doing something better, harder, more refined'. Which, at the lowest level western throw an old saddle on and ride standard, they may well be.

But if you genuinely embrace the culture, I am sure you will be welcomed. Get the hard hat and the breeches and boots so you look right.
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