I am venturing out to my first show this weekend all by myself... neighbour's dropping me and the pony off tomorrow night, and we're staying overnight and showing on Saturday. We did a few little open shows locally last year, just walk/trot and eventually a w/t/c at the end of the summer--pony is green and so am I, but he's smart and I am slightly smarter, so it's worked out okay. This is the first time I've gone totally on my own, with no trainer and no friends... sniff.
Two questions have arose though...
The show is at a local barn. We're renting a stall for tomorrow night, bedding included. When I leave on Saturday, should the stall be picked? Stripped? Is it bad manners to dump stall pickings into the barn's manure pile, or should I truck it back home with me? Are there any general etiquette things I should know when bringing my horse to another barn? The shows I've been to have only been one-day trailering in sorts of things, or else have been at my lesson barn, where I was comfortable. Just want to be prepared and not look like a doofus.
Second question... I'm just doing the open trail class and the adult w/t division, since I haven't shown since last year and want another week or so of working on Sam's leads before I try a canter in the ring. (: There is a w/t cavaletti class in the adult division. Over the cavaletti, are you supposed to post or two-point?
Just ask the barn staff whether they want the stall cleaned or stripped. It really depends on the barn. I'd bring my own hay, feed, water bucket/feed bucket for sure and a couple of double end snaps (always come in handy).
I've never seen an adult cavaletti class. The kids usually go into 2-point. You can always watch the other competitors go first and do whatever they do. No 2-point in trail though (at least I wouldn't).
Just be friendly and courteous. If you aren't sure about something, ask. Don't forget to post your contact info and vet's name and number on your stall.
Does it specify on the entry form? I usually would strip the stall and put it into the nearest pile. You can also see what other people are doing
Have you ever done modified 3-point where your crotch is still in contact in the saddle but your rear is not? It usually the "up" part of the posting trot. That's what I use for cav work. It frees their back but you really don't need a 2-pt position.
Hunters should be galloping - George Morris
Thanks... yeah, I've never seen an adult cavaletti test before! I think I'm going to feel like a bit of a dork. Will probably try the modified two-point, as it's just indecent to ask adults to trot past an audience one at a time with their arses in the air. d;