At the heart of it, there are four reasons one shows a horse. One is that you just want to go and have a great time, and the results be damned—you're in it for the social element. Awesome. The second is that you and/or your horse have loftier aspirations, but you need mileage. Maybe you're inexperienced at showing, or maybe you're an experienced rider with a young horse, and it needs to learn to go to the shows and behave.