You should be a regular at horse shows. They give you an opportunity to analyse and work on your riding talents; they also give you chances to engage with and learn plenty from other riders. Pony shows can vary greatly from local one day affairs to week long spectaculars. These shows normally have events for riders of all levels of skills, from rank newb to experienced pro. Newbies who learnt riding at riding faculties begin their show career at local events, while more developed riders usually come with their own horses or with horses they have leased.
Students eager to start showing should consult their trainers on the most suitable shows to launch themselves. Lots of preparation for both horse and rider goes into show event participation. Pony shows might also require costs above and beyond whatever is being paid for riding lessons. I write this article to help upbeat riders and their parents or guardians (if the riders are very young) to prepare the right way for shows.
Riders must wear prescribed attire. Showing typically means riders wear hunt jackets. Historically, navy is the accepted colour for these jackets, which can on occasion be acquired at almost any tack shop. These jackets come in one or two qualities, which of course means 1 or 2 price-tags. Lots of tack shops also offer used jackets at decreased prices, and these jackets are highly acceptable for kids, who have a tendency to grow out of their attire very fast. Jackets can occasionally also be gotten from older youngsters who’ve outgrown them. You can avail of this option by putting up a notice on your riding school’s notice board specifying your specific need: type, size, color and any other detail you’re feeling might be relevant.
All riders must also sport ‘rat catchers’, a variety of show shirt. These shirts are long sleeved, and come with an extra collar that buttons on the back. Shirts of any colour are usually acceptable. Apart from this, all riders must enter the show wearing black gloves of leather.
Participants of less than 12 years of age must wear khaki or tan jodhpurs and paddock boots. Youngsters of this age group also should be outfitted with garter belts, which are narrow strips of leather with buckles. Garter belts are worn around the jodhpurs, just underneath the knees. The buckles should be positioned on the outside.
Participators of any age over 12 should wear khaki or tan britches as well as tall (field) boots.
Regardless of age, all riders must wear helmets of authorised safety standards. Conventional, black velvet helmets have been most well liked, though the more recent GPA type is also gaining in popularity. Junior participants must keep their helmets on whenever they are mounted, whether they are in the arena or not.
Most riders prefer to wear their show attire under outer jackets and pants which can often be taken off when it is time for show. This outer wear helps in two ways. It keeps the rider warm, and it keeps the rider’s inner riding clothes clean.
Obviously, riders should also bring along attire to change into after the event.
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