I need to take my semi-retired jumper to one or two A/AA shows in the TX/OK/LA area this summer to be able to keep up his insurance...
He does the Low Adult Jumpers now, so they'll need to have that division or at least the equivalent (ok if it's a training class, just can't be a blue ribbon class, needs to have placings).
I've never spent the summer down here, so I have no ideas! I'm located in Dallas, and the closer the better! I'd be looking to go in late July/Early August!
Thanks for your help!
Just adding this: I have owned said horse for 8 years, I grew up on the AA circuit, I know how to turn out a well-presented horse, so yes I can and will go to a horse show by myself, of course with a friend to help set jumps
Last edited by roamingnome; Apr. 13, 2012 at 05:27 PM.
Reason: Forgot to say when I would go! Duh!
Great Southwest usually shuts down for the most part h/j wise after Pin Oak and Spring Gathering. Things pick back up in September. But Waco does some big shows and the arenas are air conditioned which is nice except for 1. the footing is horrible in stalls and 2. going in/out in/out of the heat of TX and the AC can mess with you - I passed out mid course one year and had to leave the arena on a golf cart and an oxygen mask!
There are shows in Tyler (just east of Dallas) next week for two weeks and two weeks in May. Patrick Rodes runs these shows, and they are very nice. His website is southboundshows.com, and you can get the prize lists for these shows there.
As someone else mentioned, the GO Shows in Oklahoma City at the Fairgrounds are really nice shows.
There are more shows back in Tyler in September and again in October and good shows in Katy in November.
You might also check out THJA.org to find other shows in Texas that would work for you.
The Central Texas Summer Circuit in Austin has one show in July and two in August. Jumper divisions range from 2'6"-3'9". Might be too far for you, but it's something to consider. Last years prize list is posted on beverlymanroe.com.
Here's another vote for Oklahoma! OKCity as a place isn't much fun...but the show is ALWAYS well run and its fully indoors (for the jumpers at least ) and you really don't have to pay attention to the heat outside! The facilities are great.
Tyler is another great show - I love it there. But it is VERY hot - there isn't hardly any shade anywhere on the grounds except for in the barns. Just something to think about if you or your horse is sensitive to heat.
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I attended the GO show last summer. The arenas are air condtioned, and it it is a well run show. The draw backs are the stall area can be really hot as it isn't air cnditioned and the facilites are surrounded by concrete parking lots. There is no place to hand walk your horse (unless you count the parking lot!)
The Texas Rose Horse Park outside of Tyler is much more horse friendly. Since it is an outdoor facility, the 'A' and 'AA" shows end in May and resume in September due to the heat. If you can wait until Sept or October to show I would recommend the Tyler shows that are managed by Southbound Show Management. There is also a lovely 2 day show in Bartonville (northwest of Dallas near Flower Mound), however, it offers only a few select classes like a hunter derby and Grand Prix. I thikn they also have a children/adult jumper classis, check out the Southbound Shows website for more information.
The GO and GO Preview shows in Oklahoma City are great. They're run very well and at that time of the year it's the best place we've found to show to beat the heat (at least in the show ring). My barn goes every year and we'll be going this year!
I know its a bit further, but there are rated shows in Tunica, Mississippi ("Delta High Rollers" i think) held during the summer. I'm pretty sure the rings are covered, and there are a ton of casinos nearby, which makes for some fun post-show activities!
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There is also a lovely 2 day show in Bartonville (northwest of Dallas near Flower Mound), however, it offers only a few select classes like a hunter derby and Grand Prix. I thikn they also have a children/adult jumper classis, check out the Southbound Shows website for more information.[/QUOTE]