My first show of 2010 is July 31st. It’s the Paulding County Saddle Club show, a local fun show. I have no idea what to expect because I’ve never been to the show as a spectator. Typically I like to go check out a show before entering to get an idea of what the competition is like. My impression of this show just from the website is that it’s laid back and a chance for people to get out, have fun and show off their horses. The judge is an AQHA judge (hope she has a soft spot for TB’s!), so I’m not expecting to be totally outclassed by a bunch of uber-wealthy people on imported warmbloods. I’m looking forward to getting Baron in the ring, putting some show miles on him and having a chance to defeat my stage fright and show nerves.
Speaking of nerves, when I was in high school I sang the national anthem at basketball games. It made me so nervous I would throw up before I had to sing. I hate being in the spotlight, I am definitely a behind the scenes person. I was a cheerleader as well, but that wasn’t so bad because I was performing in a group and all the attention wasn’t on me. At my last show I felt the same way as I did in high school before singing- nervous and on the verge of puking. I’m really looking forward to confronting my nerves at this next show. It’s a local fun show; it’s not the freakin’ Rolex after all.
The classes I’ve picked out are:
- Beginner Walk Trot (probably me and little kids)
- Beginner Walk Trot Equitation (again, probably me and the 8 year olds). I am determined to ride well in this class because I sucked it up in equitation last time.
- Open Green Horse Walk Trot (this one should be adults, yay!)
- Open English Walk Trot
- Adult English Pleasure
- Open English Equitation
The odd thing about these classes is that unless they specifically say “English,” they’re combined Western/ English. I think that’s kind of weird, but oh well. I’m just excited to get out and show!