Am fairly new to showing and would really welcome some tips and advice from you experienced show goers out there. My 12 yr old daughter has just started showing a pony we bought last autumn who was advertised as ' a little green'. We have been bringing her on slowly and steadily and have generally been very pleased with her progress, but I think what we asked her to do today (pony) was too much for her. Hannah rode well, but we weren't sure whether to laugh, cry, quit, hide away in shame etc so I wondered if you would share your advice and experiences with us, as we are on a steep learning curve and relatively new to all this.
Last week Hannah rode Shona at a small 1 ring show and Shona did really well and came supreme champ. Today there was a larger show round the corner (6 ring show) and we decided to try a mini whp for children 11 - 14 yrs. It was so horrendous we were mortified. We took part for experience and to see how she would handle a larger show. She loves jumping - hence the choice of mini whp. Not sure where to start with embarrasing moments. Sometimes its difficult to see the wood for the trees.
Don't really know where to start with the red faced confessions
So I'll try the first prob. As it was a mini whp the rustic jumps were really cute - only 3 of them at 1 foot 6. Shona cleared all three of them with at least a foot to spare, but then proceeded to gallop round the arena 3 times in succession. The judge mentioned something about 'should be in pony racing' Hannah was so embarrassed and explained that she couldn't get a grip on the plain leather reins (Should have used the half rubber half leather ones that were sitting back at home) but this was not all. Worse was to come!