Do-it-yourself horse showing is appealing to many different personalities. It provides a challenge with great rewards when success is achieved through the feeling that your hard work and dedication has paid off. Each accomplishment is sweeter knowing that you were the one that brought it to fruition.
It also helps with budgeting necessities since many of us cannot afford to leave our horses at a trainer’s facility. Keeping our horses at home helps us build unforgettable relationships with our partners: Spend time with your horse getting to know him/her by brushing and just relaxing. We got into showing because we love horses; keep that at the top, and you won’t go wrong.
Do-it-yourself horse showing also appeals to that independent personality whose favorite saying is, “I can do it myself.” However, avoid becoming isolated because being around others helps you “stay aware of schedule changes, times your class may run, where the best practice place is, the best restaurants,” and so on. Just be careful that your independent personality doesn’t entirely consume you at the shows.
As competitors, we don’t like to admit that sometimes the best way to learn is to make mistakes. So don’t be afraid to become a do-it-yourself show-er because you might make mistakes. Learn from those mistakes and grow as an exhibitor. The rewards are self-improvement and helping your partner be the best he/she can be.
One of my friends asked "Why do you pay so much money for your kids to do horse riding?" Well I have a confession to make, I don't pay for my kids horse riding. Personally, I couldn't care less about horse riding.
So, if I am not paying for horse riding, what am I paying for?
- I pay for those moments when my kids become so tired they want to quit but don't.
- I pay for those days when my kids come home from school and are "too tired" to go the stables but go anyway.
- I pay for my kids to learn to be disciplined.
- I pay for my kids to learn to take care of their body.
- I pay for my kids to learn to work with others and to be good team mates.
- I pay for my kids to learn to deal with disappointment, when they don't get that score they'd hoped for, but still have to work hard in the grading.
- I pay for my kids to learn to make and accomplish goals.
- I pay for my kids to learn that it takes hours and hours and hours and hours of hard work and practice to create a champion, and that success does not happen overnight.
- I pay for the opportunity my kids have and will have to make life-long friendships.
- I pay so that my kids can be in the arena instead of in front of a screen...
...I could go on but, to be short, I don't pay for horse riding, I pay for the opportunities that horse riding provides my kids with to develop attributes that will serve them well throughout their lives and give them the opportunity to bless the lives of others. From what I have seen so far I think it is a great investment!
Shared from Sanesa - Gauteng Tshwane
A winter horse show hiatus is the perfect time for all of us to outgrow our show clothes from the past year. Before your first show, make sure to pull out all of your show clothing and try everything on. Clothing that is nicely fitted and clean will always stand out to a judge no matter the amount of bling and sparkle. Items like chaps and pants may need to be lengthened or hemmed depending on your individual needs. Growing children especially need to try on their show clothing many weeks before their first show so the proper alterations can be made. Hat shaping is another must before the first show, especially if your hat has not been stored inside.
Well it is April 1st today Almost can't believe it is April already. The show season is in full swing for most of the country. I show quarter horses, on the AQHA circuit. I do not take my inventory to shows, because when I go to a show, I want to show my horse, just like you. My next show is in Del Mar, April 13-17. It has 8 sets of judges, with all classes having 4 goes in front of 2 judges, Will be really really busy but looking forward to it.
Happy showing all!!
I love making these sequin vests. What makes SHOWFANCY's vests better than our competitors. We line our vests. The shear sequin lace vest has become very popular, but they are very fragile. We line our vests which make them more durable to wear and launder. And our prices are comparable or less than the unlined vests on the market.
.Here at SHOWFANCY we strive to offer lower priced western show apparel with unmistakable quality and craftsmanship. We realize that not every one can afford, or wants to spend thousands of dollars on show clothes. We offer exquisitely made garments at low prices with an attention to detail and workmanship. All of our clothes are hand made here in California. You can show in confidence knowing that your garment is original and one of a kind quality