Hi there everyone,


My questian is what is it like to show? I dont think I would like to do it myself, but what does it feel like?

I see quite a few of you do it, so let me know!



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Comment by Emily Knight on April 10, 2013 at 4:02pm

Meghan I looked on YouTube and found this video of the Novice Performance class in Denver, CO a few years ago.  And I believe Chris Austin was the judge.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=QNU8g....  This is the class for beginners and people that do not show very much.  Stacy, the one mostly in the video did not have her mare very long before the show and the horses first time anywhere showing.  Some of the other riders are grandparents,  some have health issues and one was terminally ill.  So you see its quite an accomplishment to just get into the arena.  This is a performance class and all levels of performance classes are ran in a similar manner.  Performance classes almost always ask for circles, serpentine and a back.  Other maneuvers can be called for from the judge and you will not have any idea what they could be until the class.

Comment by Meghan M on April 10, 2013 at 2:41pm

I would love to show my boy, but at the moment we arent quite ready, :)  what do you actually do at the show? I mean I know liek your average jumping and dressage, but is there something different you can do with peruvians? I dont really know what I am asking but any info would be great!!!

Comment by Chris Austin on April 10, 2013 at 11:00am

I completely agree with Emily. The journey and having a goal to get better each time you ride your horse leading up to the show is what I enjoy the most. Many newcomers feel they aren't ready for a show when in reality showing is not nearly as daunting as one might think. In addition, you will find that people go out of their way to assist you and give you pointers while you are at the show. I encourage almost all Peruvian horse owners to attend a show if they are able not because all horses are show horses but it gives us all a goal to work towards when working with our horses. The things that are asked of us at a show are all things that are practical while trail riding and using our horses for other purposes. We are looking for smooth, sound minded, balanced horses.


The feeling of teamwork between myself and the horse during the show is the best feeling outside of actually winning (of course :)). Also, the friendships you build and the fun you have outside of the show arena is also a very large aspect of showing.


Please feel free to follow up with myself or other horse show exhibitors if you have more specific questions relating to showing.

Comment by Meghan M on April 9, 2013 at 3:35pm

Hi Emily

Thanks so much, I have always wondered what it would be like and whether or not I would actually like it. :)



Comment by Emily Knight on April 9, 2013 at 1:58pm

Dear Meghan,

To answer your question on what is it like to show here are my experiences.  The journey to the show ring is rewarding in the aspect of teaching my horses maneuvers and getting them in condition.  Then what a great excuse to get my tack cleaned up.  I don't go to as many shows as I used to but I look forward to meeting up with people I haven't seen since last years show.

Then always meeting a few new people and we all at least have the horses in common to chat about.  

The actual showing part, I think everyone to an extent has experienced feeling nervous when entering the arena. You can't be totally bummed if you don't place well, but you are elated if you place well and especially if you do better than you expect.  If you have questions or need a hand just ask around.  People are usually always willing to help or get someone to help you out.  Remember to enjoy the journey of preparation of just getting to the show arena and to be proud of yourself and your horses to have come that far.  


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