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Horse Showing Arena Geography: Find your landmarks in a sea of ​​confusing patterns.

Horse Showing Arena Geography: Find your landmarks in a sea of ​​confusing patterns.

You wouldn’t go on a trip without having mapped out a course. Don’t embark on a horseback riding journey without planning just as carefully.

Think of each new arena as new territory to master, and you’ll find yourself navigating patterns with ease – or at least with a blueprint.

Pattern in your pocket



When you’re competing, it’s important to have two things in your pocket at all times: a calendar of the day’s events and a copy of the models you’ll be doing that day.

If you have a schedule, you don’t have to be nervous because you don’t know if you’re in the next class or the fifth class or the 10th.



And no matter how much you have studied the pattern, you must have it in your pocket. Even if you have a photographic memory, you should have the pattern with you, because there’s nothing worse than coming up with a plan for the pattern, then arriving in the arena and realizing that the pattern is n is not what you imagined.

When this happens, you need to be able to pull out your little paper and review the setup and adjust your plan.

Most shows will give you an actual copy of the model, but if the show doesn’t, copy it yourself.

Your goal is to take this model, read it, understand it, build it, and make it so easy anyone could do it. The easier it seems, the higher your score will be.

Location, location, location

The model generally doesn’t tell you if you should be two feet or five feet from a cone. You have to figure it out on your own, considering what you’re going to do when you get to the next cone.

If you’re going to stop at Cone B and do a 360 degree turn, you need to position yourself differently than you would if you’re going to walk and then trot. If you’re going to do a 360, you want to be in a position that allows you to do your 360 without running over the cone.

It’s such a simple mistake, and it’s easy to fix. When setting up your practice cones, consider how much space you need to perform each maneuver.

Also, make sure your practice cones are the correct distance apart. Placing them too close or too far creates its own problems, but the result is the same: you’re in the wrong place.

Break it down

As you enter the arena on your horse, find where you and your horse need to be at each cone. If you need to be 10 feet from cone B, look at the ground to find that spot.

Don’t look at the cone. If you look at the cone, you will climb up to the cone. Look at your spot, then look up and past it so that as you head towards the cone, you can keep your chin up. If you look down, you look down, which causes your chin to drop, which moves your whole body and makes your job much harder.

Don’t consider your spot 10 feet next to the cone to be another cone in the dirt. Imagine this six to eight foot cone in the air in front of you. Look on the fence to find a mark. In every arena you compete in, there will be something you can use as a marker. There are posts on the fences, banners – there are always marks.

Think about the whole pattern, but when you’re at Cone A, don’t worry about what you’re going to do at Cone E. At Cone A, your job is to think about how you’re going to get to Cone B to be able to access C.

It’s like the old joke about how to eat an elephant – one bite at a time.

With riding, show and hunting seat riding models, there are a limited number of maneuvers, so it’s not difficult as long as you focus on what you are going to do from A to B, then from B to C, then from C to D. , then smile, wave to the crowd and leave. That’s all you have to do. It’s simple if you let it be simple.

The judge won’t knock you off your horse if you don’t do it right. He might say, “Not the best model I’ve seen all day, but they sure looked like they were having a great time.”

This will happen if you are relaxed and not rushing. Let things go normally. The next time you compete, it will be easier if you relax and become a better rider.

If you become a better rider, your horse will become a better horse.

Are you looking to practice more before the next show? These FREE Riding Patterns, Staging Patterns, and Hunt Seat Riding Patterns eBooks offer 40 patterns to practice to better prepare for your next event.

–AQHA

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