Hey, I’m good! How about you? :)
Ahhh go you!! That’s awesome, sounds like you’re making great progress. Have fun tomorrow! :)
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Cont. She doesn’t even have time for me anymore. Do you think I should wait it out and see if she changes or do you think I should change barns?
I’m sorry you’ve been feeling like this! Don’t read into this too much though, she might just be going through a busy period. I’d wait a little longer and see if the atmosphere changes before switching barns— make an effort on your part to put yourself back on her radar screen. Stay on top of your work (obviously, you don’t want to seem like a slacker) and when you see her, talk to her (ask how her day is going, etc) so that you keep your relationship going on a more personal level. And you may as well try to befriend this other working student, it doesn’t have to be a bad thing— don’t think of her as a “replacement”, because I doubt that’s what she was hired as, just think of her as someone you can share the workload with (especially heading into the school year). Of course, if things get worse or you just don’t feel like you’re gaining anything from the relationship anymore you should look into switching, but I’d give it a little more time! Good luck :)
Work on tons of gymnastic exercises/grid work. Keep a minimal position going in, and focus on holding that small jumping position throughout the exercise— you physically shouldn’t be able to throw your body forward over small jumps that are spaced close together. Pick a focal point at the end of the arena, and just canter up in two-point and jump the jump, as if it’s not even there. If you need it, you can even take a piece of animal-safe chalk and draw a mark on your horse’s mane where you should be releasing to, it’s a helpful visual when training yourself not to thrown away your reins over the fence (once you get the feel I’d stop using it though, you don’t want to get into the habit of looking down to find your spot). Good luck! :)
I’ve never catch ridden for someone at a show (well, I’ll sometimes hop on a friend’s horse when she has multiple horses in the same flat class haha, but that doesn’t really count). I have a friend who’s catch ridden before as a working student, and she loves it. I think it’s a great thing for anyone to do because it helps get your name out there and increases your experience, but it’s especially good for working students who don’t have a horse of their own (and these are typically the people you see catch riding…kind of an attempt to even things out a little). If you want to start catch riding, you have to advertise yourself as such. Start by trying to get a working student job so you develop a good relationship with your trainer and start to get extras to ride at your barn…eventually people begin to think of you as one of the go-to riders. Then you can start tagging along to shows and offer to help your trainer out…ask if she needs any of the horses/ponies schooled before their divisions— that may turn into you getting asked to do a real class on one of them, but at the very least you’ll get saddle time and increase your reputation. It takes time and determination, and also a little luck when it comes to being in the right place at the right time.
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What to wear/bring: When in doubt, check with your trainer. You’ll never get points off for dressing in the full outfit (show shirt, show jacket, etc) so if you have that I’d wear it. That said, for schooling shows you don’t have to wear a formal outfit, so don’t feel like you have to buy all this stuff if you’re not sure you’ll continue showing. Check with your trainer, but clean breeches, a nice solid colored polo tucked in with a belt, and polished paddock boots/half chaps (if you don’t have tall boots) will do just fine. I’d also try to put your hair up in a hairnet under your helmet, just to keep the look polished (this way you also won’t have to worry about hair getting in your face). So bring whatever goes along with your outfit that you won’t be putting on first thing in the morning (helmet, hairnet, gloves, etc). I’d also pack a light bag with some other handy items (if you don’t have them in a tack trunk at the barn already), like spurs, a crop, light snacks, a water bottle, etc. You shouldn’t need any membership cards for schooling shows.
What will happen: You’ll probably arrive sometime in the morning, and when you do you should head to the horse show office to register for your divisions, get your number, and get a prize list that has the order of classes. Since it’ll be a small show, you can probably ask the person helping you at the desk what class they’re on currently so you have an idea of when you’ll go. Then you can go find your trainer to check in with her, get an estimate of when you should start getting your horse ready, etc. Then what happens after that depends on when your class goes…if you have down time, you can hang out and do whatever so long as you stay organized, and if your class will start soon you can start getting your horse ready. Don’t try to plan too much for what will happen, horse shows are kind of unpredictable. Just communicate with your trainer and be aware of what’s happening in the ring. It’ll probably be a pretty low-key atmosphere, and remember that most people will be in the same boat as you.
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Some aspects of an A rated show will be more challenging than what you’re used to, but the principles are the same…it’s all about having an effective performance, and that’s something you can do regardless of how many A shows you’ve been to. As per usual, you’ll want to be courteous to the other riders and follow ring etiquette, but don’t be afraid to get a little assertive in a chaotic schooling ring to make sure your horse is well-prepped despite any crowdedness. Have fun, and really use this to gain experience- you’ll learn so much just from watching some of the pros ride. And be sure to check out some of the shop vendors around the show grounds ;)
things typically work, and do you have any tips or advice? Just anything I should know? Thank you so much!
Hey! That’s great, you should totally give it a shot. My biggest tip would be to get everything organized several nights before the show, laying out all your clothes, accessories, supplies, whatever. Eat a good breakfast the day of (yeah that’s corny but you don’t want to rely on horse show food to get you through the day haha) and get to the show with time to register, get your number, check your divisions, groom your horse, and de-stress yourself. Check in with your trainer when you get there, so you’re on the same page about when you should be warming up and all that, to make the show go smoothly for you….she’ll know to help guide you for your first show (don’t be afraid of asking any questions). In free time, keep yourself busy- learn your courses ahead of time, watch other riders in bigger divisions, hang out with friends, etc. Just keep an eye on the time to stay organized and on the ball.
Now, it’s also important to go in with the right mindset. Remember that shows are about experience; each time you step into the ring, you gain that much more experience and become that much better. Schooling shows especially, but even A rated events, should be seen as learning experiences. Put the ribbons out of your mind as you go into the ring, and focus on riding the course. Don’t worry about making mistakes, all that means is that you’ll know what to work on in the future. Don’t give up after one bad jump thinking “well, I’m not going to place now so what’s the point”…instead, recover as best you can and finish strong- you’ll earn points with your trainer in the long run, because making the best out of a not-so-good situation is a key element to succeeding in this sport. Just have fun on it, don’t go in with any huge expectations! I’m sure you’ll be awesome :)