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Getting back into the show ring after a decade off! OMG!

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  • Getting back into the show ring after a decade off! OMG!

    I think I need some moral support because I am going to start showing again, as of this weekend, after a decade out of the show ring!!

    I would love some great stories to help justify why I am putting myself through these nerves

    Are there other adult ammies in my boots?
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  • #2
    I hadn't show in about 15 years (did the jrs and big eq in my younger days) and stepped back into the show ring this year. I leased an AWESOME horse that I trust 100 times over. We do the adult eq and sometimes the AA hunters (although he really isn't a hunter). We just go out to have FUN. i really don't get too nervous this time around. When i was a jr, i did. But now, I just tell myself I am out there to have fun and just like to be out showing. I tell myself that I am 30 something w/ a full time job and a family and that I have no expectations. That being said, I've been pretty competitive and find myself pretty high up on the Marshall and Sterling standings and the Ariat regional standings. I'm loving it! You can do it! What will you be showing in?


    • #3
      ha well I can sympathize as I may find myself back in the show ring for the first time in 22 years! So trust me, I'm sure you'll do alot better than me! Keep us posted on how it goes!


      • #4
        I just switched to dressage, and my last show experiences were h/j in '99. I found that I appreciate my horse and showing more than ever, and that my expectations were very low. I was just going out to get my feet wet, so no perfection needed! (I then won both my classes... I'm sure my relaxation helped, as my horse definitely wasn't relaxed!)

        Good luck, and remember - now it's on your terms. You get to choose what you do, when you do it, and if you even want to do it. An excellent rider need never show, so make the showing fun!
        Originally posted by Silverbridge
        If you get anything on your Facebook feed about who is going to the Olympics in 2012 or guessing the outcome of Bush v Gore please start threads about those, too.


        • #5
          Did my first show a few weeks ago after nearly 30 years (and completely out of riding for most of that time). It was just a schooling show but we did well. I had so much fun! (personal brag, we won 18 and over equitation- not the stiffest competition but still felt pretty good- and 2nd in 18" crossrails- horses first time ever in a show) Looking forward to doing it again! Next off to Mule Days to show my friends mule in halter (if she happens to chicken out).


          • #6
            bar.ka here

            u come here to Rusty Breeches Stables and we get u tune.d. up strai.ght away.

            u just re.member when u get to the jump, bend over. u be fine. if rated show, not 2 forget when u get to office bend over there to write ur che.ck 2.


            • #7
              Originally posted by barka.lounger View Post

              u just re.member when u get to the jump, bend over. u be fine.
              I just burst out laughing here at work at that one.

              I think this advice might have to be printed out and put on my corkboard in my tack trunk.

              Showing this weekend in our first show of the year and the butterflies are already starting to flutter.

              However – this calmed me right now. Of course!! How easy. Get to jump. Bend over. WE CAN DO IT!!


              • #8
                Originally posted by barka.lounger View Post

                u just re.member when u get to the jump, bend over. u be fine. if rated show, not 2 forget when u get to office bend over there to write ur che.ck 2.

                I also burst out laughing on this one! I might just have to put this on my favorite quotes on my FB page. ok with you, Barka?



                • #9
                  Originally posted by PoochPaddock View Post
                  I also burst out laughing on this one! I might just have to put this on my favorite quotes on my FB page. ok with you, Barka?
                  I did too. This needs to be printed out, framed, and put on the wall!
                  "Look, I'm trying not to test the durability of the arena with my face!" (Because only GM can do that.)


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by barka.lounger View Post
                    bar.ka here

                    u just re.member when u get to the jump, bend over. u be fine. if rated show, not 2 forget when u get to office bend over there to write ur che.ck 2.

                    Just returning home from a rated show (first one in 20 years, yeah and parents paid for those ones)

                    OUCH.... YOU ARE RIGHT ON.....my fingers hurt. So many fees.... eeekkkk.

                    Dont' forget to breath - there might be a fee for that too....

                    I took a decade off too.... actually it is much more fun now.. I'm just thrilled that I rememberd my course and come out of the arena with a big ole smile... but one word of caution - there was no sore bones and muscles when I used to do this stuff......

                    Make sure you have a massage or hot tub ready.

                    Have FUN!!!
                    Live in the sunshine.
                    Swim in the sea.
                    Drink the wild air.


                    • #11
                      After being out of the show ring for 30 some years, I find I don't have time to get nervous. Just memorizing the hunter course (outside, inside....or is it inside outside..?) takes up all my brain cells. Don't have any left for nerves.
                      Actually, I can go and just have fun now. No pressure. Especially since no one knows me now. I can make some really dumb mistake and who cares. Whaddya expect...I'm old!


                      • #12
                        I agree with some othe of the other posts that as an adult I enjoy showing alot more now. When I was a junior/young adult I would get so nervous that I couldn't eat, my parents avoided me.

                        Now as an adult, I enjoy showing and if needed laugh at myself. I talk to myself and my horse on course and really enjoy it. Since I pay for my horses/showing now, it's a whole different experience than when I was a kid.

                        Just go have fun, don't set high expectations and let us know how it goes.


                        • #13
                          Welcome back to the show ring!! Have fun and Best wishes!
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                          "What gets me up every morning is realizing how much more there is still to learn." -GHM


                          • #14
                            My first show back after not showing for 20 yrs, and only being a rerider for about a year with a 3 yr old greenie was "interesting". I had only jumped a line with him about 3 times. We went to an A show (there are no decent local shows here), and did Baby greens. We trotted in and were planning on cantering out but he was easier to settle if I stayed cantering. The course went by so fast, and I forgot to breathe and lost track of time, that I ended up repeating the first line at the end, because it seemed too soon to be done. So I went off course in a simple hunter round!

                            Oh well...we were there solely for schooling, so I got to school an extra 2 fences.


                            • #15
                              After 8.5 years off due to a bad back and multiple surgeries, my surgeon finally gave me the go ahead to try riding again several months ago (well, I told him I was going to try getting on, and he didn't disagree). We are heading off this weekend to our first show since the fall of '01, though in the jumper ring this time (did Hunters and Eq previously). I was always very serious and competitive about my riding, now I'm just thankful that I'm able to ride at all. It's all about the fun this time (not that it wasn't fun before, I have just allowed myself to remove all of the pressure that I used to place on myself to win).

                              I think I'm as excited as I was for my very first show (some 40 years ago). We are going to take things easy and just attempt to get around the ring - and as an older adult, knowing that I have the power to say "if it's raining, I don't feel like showing" or "if it's too cold, I don't feel like showing" or "if I feel like crap, I don't have to show today" has really taken all of the stress out of it.

                              I don't have any "show nerves", just moments of panic that my age-addled brain will forget something important (like the saddle), so lists abound.

                              Have a great time, and enjoy yourself!
                              ~*Friend of bar.ka*~


                              • #16
                                I was in my first show since 1995 this past Sunday. I was nervous, until I got in the ring. I rode my friends sale horse(my horse will not load currently) and I had only ridden her once before.(This adds to my chickenness,lol) But I made it through schooling, then made it through the flats and THEN remembered my courses! And It was FUN!!!!!!!!!!! I hope you have fun too. I promise it will not be as bad as the build up in your head makes you think it will be.


                                • #17
                                  I'll be heading to my first show in um, 12 or 13 years next weekend. I'm sure my field boots will reflect the fact too, but hey, they're still tall and black, so maybe no one will notice. Both my horses are 5 and quite green yet, so we'll be sticking to the very low divisions and unrated shows for the summer I think, which suits me just fine! Braiding is like riding a bike right?


                                  • #18
                                    Can we start a support thread? I'm going to be showing in a few weeks (unrated, schooling show, but still!) and I'm already nervous that I'll screw up my course!


                                    • #19
                                      Support group... YES....

                                      Think of some names.....

                                      Time out older rider clique that needs help remembering courses

                                      The back in the saddle older show clique

                                      The older rider show jumping clique - where am I going?

                                      The having fun old gal show jumping clique
                                      Live in the sunshine.
                                      Swim in the sea.
                                      Drink the wild air.


                                      • #20
                                        but I'm not old yet! I'm not even an older amateur yet!