• Erin Long

Your First Show

This week, we're going to talk about how to make your first horse show a success. Shows and events can be daunting, especially when you've never participated in one before, but just keep these tips in mind and everything will go swimmingly. Who knows - you may bring home some ribbons! 

First, be prepared. Next week I'll start a series of checklists for you to run through, but forgetting something can easily cause a frazzled start to the day. Load everything up (but your horse, of course) the day before so you have time to pick up anything you may have misplaced or broken. 

Second, look your best. This seems superficial, but there actually is some evidence that if you feel like you LOOK good, you'll ride be more

confident in general, which can produce

better rides. 

Third, bring a friend! Having someone to grab water, take pictures, run to the trailer to grab your forgotten number, and clap after your round can really make the day a lot less stressful and a lot more fun! Fourth, set small, achievable goals. Don't go into your first show with the goal of winning the entire thing. Instead, focus on things that you've worked on at home, like holding an even bend all the way through the circle, or nailing that third barrel. 

Finally, remember that this is supposed to be fun! If you ever feel overwhelmed, or upset about how you did, remember that at the end of the day we're all in this to have fun with these crazy animals we call horses. ​

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