Showing for Beginners

Showing for Beginners

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In the ten years since this book was first published, the USEF, American horse sport's governing body, has revised and added rules and regulations that affect novice hunter-seat riders. This user-friendly and encouraging guide reflects those changes and offers invaluable advice for riders, parents, and trainers: how to find an appropriate show and trainer; horse and rider preparation; entry requirements; show-ring etiquette; and what judges look for in a range of novice-level classes. Updated photos enhance the text and provide a more contemporary look.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781599210506
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 06/01/2007
Edition description: Revised Edition
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

Hallie McEvoy has been a riding instructor and a licensed United States Equestrian Federation (formerly American Horse Shows Association) judge at a range of equestrian competitions throughout the country. Her articles and photographs have appeared in many magazines, including Horse Show and The Chronicle of the Horse. The author of Horse Show Judging for Beginners, she lives in Bolton Valley, Vermont.

Table of Contents

Foreword   Victor Hugo-Vidal     vii
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction to Second Edition     xiii
Getting Started     1
Riding Lessons
Show Preview-Going as a Spectator
Finding a Show Coach
Getting Fit     19
Exercises for Beginners
Mental Preparation-Dealing with Preshow Jitters
Horse Health and Fitness
The Basics of Showing     33
Types of Shows-Schooling, Open, and USEF
Types of Classes and Class Requirements
Show Clothing and Fashions
Sportsmanship, Etiquette, and Horse Show Customs
Rules and Regulations
Safety at Horse Shows
Expenses of Showing
Horse Show Preparation     73
Filling Out Entry Forms
Preparing the Horse-Bathing, Brushing, and Braiding
Cleaning and Polishing Tack
Trailering Arrangements and Preparing the Horse to Ship
Tips for Your First Show     87
Before You Leave Home
Arriving at the Show Grounds
Warming Up and Schooling
Ring Savvy-Catching the Judge's Eye
Evaluating Your Show Performance
Focusing on Fun
Purchasing a Show Horse or Pony     107
Working with a Trainer to Locate a Horse
Finding and Trying Horses and Ponies
Consulting the Veterinarian
Talent and Disposition of Different Breeds
Price Ranges for Beginner Show Horses and Ponies
Purchasing Tack, Equipment, and Supplies
Conclusion     139
Organizations and Clubs for Hunter Seat Riders     141
Major NorthAmerican Horse Shows     147
Glossary     151
Index     155

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