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So for all of you english riders how long did you ride/take lessons before you were ready to compete? Did you do just english pleasure, jumping, dressage etc? How did you do in your first show? Im just curious since I will be starting lessons next week and would eventually down the road like to show.
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3 months after I started. I'm really glad there's only 2 pictures in existence of that day! I wish I could forget it, LOL. Don't be in a hurry to show, I'd wait until you feel you've got a good foundation established
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I took 2 lessons a week for about 7 weeks in college before going to my first show. My trainer at college then put me on the IHSA huntseat team in the Walk-Trot class. IIRC, I placed fourth at my first show, then fifth at the next. There were about 12 girls in both classes.

I did my first non-IHSA show in the spring of that same year, in a walk-trot-canter class, and got second. (Losing to a 12-year-old. Not that I'm bitter, 13 years later.)

Honestly, there's so many lower level classes now, you could pretty much show dressage, 'jumpers' (ground poles) or huntseat with only a month or two of steady instruction. Of course, this all depends on you, your trainer and the classes offered locally.
 

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Ok thanks for the information, I will be taking lessons once a week, and am hoping to be getting a horse soon to pratice on at home in between lessons.
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Im assuming your show didn't go so well lol?
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Granted, I was 7:) but i was trying to ride a horse that had only done huntseat, western. needless to say sitting trot was not addressed in my weekly lessons. Calling me a pogo stick would've been an understatement, LOL
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No one ever told me how to move with the horse. My instructor always screamed at me to sit up straight and still, she failed to mention I could move my hips to stay in rhythm w/ the horse. WOULD'VE BEEN GOOD INFORMATION TO KNOW AHEAD OF TIME!! LOL
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Lol, I know its strange but im better at sitting the trot instead of the canter. Apparently everybody tells me the canter should be easier to sit, then again my mare had a nice wp jog if you made her get into (nobody else could get her to slow down her trot for them). But a really rough canter, and she would constantly throw me off balance.
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I don't remember exactly how long it was before my first show, but my first show was only walk/trot (shortly after that I learned to canter).

Switched barns and trainers, a year or two later I did flat classes (w/t/c), crossrails, and verticles. Those were just schooling shows, then I did one event... and now... a few years later again, I am getting back into eventing.

I agree that you should establish a good foundation first, then consider showing. Schooling shows are a lot of fun if you can find some near you! While you should have a certain amount of experience prior to entering the show ring, you don't have to be able to jump 3 feet perfectly before you go. Flat classes are fun, and any experience you can get will help out down the road when you move up levels and difficulty.

I didn't show on a regular basis, but my pony and I almost always placed at the schooling shows. My horse has only shown I believe 3 times... twice at the schooling shows and one event.

It is a hard mindset at first, but go with the intent to do your best, for your horse to do his/her best, and to have fun. Show them what you've got and hopefully the ribbons follow. Just because you don't place doesn't mean you didn't perform well..... it just means it is time to go home, practice some more, and return next show to kick some butt! :wink:
 

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Thanks lostdragonflywings, this is going to sound silly but how do you know if its a "schooling show"? The person im going to get lessons from works out of barn that hosts shows every year (we know the owner of the barn which is how we inquired the instructor). But they just have a few different english pleasure classes. Would you just consider that a low level open show? Because there's another stable, which I was also considering lessons from (but there farther away) who says they have schooling shows, what's the difference between schooling and just a normal open show?
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Thanks lostdragonflywings, this is going to sound silly but how do you know if its a "schooling show"? The person im going to get lessons from works out of barn that hosts shows every year (we know the owner of the barn which is how we inquired the instructor). But they just have a few different english pleasure classes. Would you just consider that a low level open show? Because there's another stable, which I was also considering lessons from (but there farther away) who says they have schooling shows, what's the difference between schooling and just a normal open show?
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Unfortunately, I do not have that much show experience or knowledge of the bigger shows, so can't really answer your question. The schooling shows I went to called themselves a schooling show, and I know that there are circut shows which I would imagine are more of a "big deal".

I hope somebody else can answer your question, as it would be interesting to know.
 

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Yeah im very curious, since its kind of confusing lol. Most the shows I know about are just called open shows, the first one to say there show was a schooling show was this other lesson/boarding facility.
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Lol, I know its strange but im better at sitting the trot instead of the canter.

Same!!!


I've only shown once.. and it wasn't even my show. I went in with a little girl so she wasn't nervous. I pulled 5th out of a class of I think 12? Not sure. She got 6th :)

But I plan on showing my horse in a few years.
 

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Everybody says rock with the horse, for some reason I always got lunged forward. My 20yr.old arabian was trying to catch up with my moms pony on trail and she was going right threw my hands and basically took off in a fast canter. The horn jabbed me in the stomach and I almost threw up, so im kind of afraid if I ride english there wont be a horn to keep me from just tipping off the horse ****. Ugghhh my family would love to youtube that embarrassment.
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so im kind of afraid if I ride english there wont be a horn to keep me from just tipping off the horse ****. Ugghhh my family would love to youtube that embarrassment.
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I had the same fear, so I rode in an Aussie for a long while until my seat was great enough to survive in a dressage saddle.

You'll be fine :)
 
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