But taking your horse in front of a judge can be a daunting task the first few times you do it. Unless you are able to work with an experienced trainer or you have friends who are seasoned competitors, you have a lot to figure out at your first show. Study the rule book all you want, but there are still certain unspoken bits of knowledge you can only learn through firsthand experience or guidance from someone who’s been there and done that.
Even if you’ve competed in horse shows throughout your life, if you decide to make the switch to a different discipline, everything is new again. Moving from A-circuit hunters to competitive trail or from western pleasure to cowboy mounted shooting can make you feel like a complete beginner.
While it’s always a good idea to join up with an experienced competitor for your first outing, that’s not always possible. So in the interest of sharing wisdom among horse people, we want you to share your advice for newcomers to the world of equestrian competition. Whatever your discipline, tell us your secrets to success. Some of our favorite responses will appear in an upcoming issue of Horse Illustrated!
This month, Noble Outfitters is sponsoring the Rider Insider column in Horse Illustrated with a prize for the selected featured response. If you’d like to be considered for a prize, make sure to include your contact info in the email field of the comment form (emails will not be publicly displayed.)
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