Rated Shows With Your Self Trained Ammie Horse

Like fitting in with a group who encourages facial hair.

You have to try very hard, and you’re still not sure it looks right.

It’ll be just like this:

rider with a lot of grooms and help at a showWait!  No, that’s not me?  Right.  I don’t have staff.

7 shows with Valiosa this year, this will be the second rated one.  She knows her job now, and next year will be a lot more about home training (And hopefully clinics, please make it happen!!)

Sunday will be fun!

preparing for rated dressage show

14 thoughts on “Rated Shows With Your Self Trained Ammie Horse

  1. Enjoy your ride on Sunday! I show here and in Fl and I know lots of other aa riders who scramble about looking after themselves. My husband is a help even though he’s not a horse person. He always remembers to bring food and snacks and drinks!

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    1. ANY person can be helpful. (Although my husband is particularly non-horsey and would probably end up hurt if helped. He is sweet enough to come out and take pictures some times!) I really like to have someone helping with carrying the coat, since I basically DIE of sweat if wearing it in the warmup. I’m thinking it must be very much the same in Florida 🙂

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  2. I LOVED the first picture. Don’t we all wish we had staff like that? And a groom team to immaculately turn out our horse (and boots) – especially a gray horse, always so much more work. However, I promise you that the coming year will be so much more easy now that Valiosa understands what showing is about. You, too, have new insights (for example, how to warm her up more effectively). Relax, count it all as experience, and realize it just takes time to learn this skill. I’ve benefitted so much from the 2 years I showed Finn…so I hit the ground running with Star and was able to use that experience to help her (and myself). I do also always have one person on the ground to help a bit…someone to hold the coat and keep me from freaking out (yes there is the occasional mild freak).

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    1. That rider is a talented young rider, Emilie from Sweden. She’s doing very well, and so, I have groom envy 😉
      Actually, I LOVE being in charge of all the details myself, and my friend who so graciously drives me to the shows is a champ with holding my coat for me. The rest, yes, I have to do the freaking on my own…
      But the entire show environment for me is simply really fun, so there’s not too much of that.
      Well, I’m looking forward to a much easier year next year 🙂 !!!

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      1. I’m certain it’s going to be a much better year; much more consistent! Valiosa will be on the aids and you will both be confident. Success will be yours! I look forward to reports and pictures 🙂

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  3. Just keep in mind that Laura Graves does all the grooming, braiding, wrapping, tacking up etc etc for Verdades herself, even though she’s an Olympian…you are emulating a pro!

    And secondly, rated shows have more highly educated judges than the schooling shows, which makes it a great reason to participate in them. Have a great show and I know you will learn as much as you can!

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    1. Someone recently told that to my daughters, they need to hire a groom since they had such a good riding season. Not a chance they said. They love doing that kind of work after a long day of practice or competition – it helps them unwind and putting what went well and not so well out of mind. Besides, they use me as their horse technician/gopher. 🙂

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      1. Great for them David!!! I think you all make a really nice team together!

        I actually love all the details around it all – makes it all so much more worth while, and I really like having personal time with my mare. Even if there are several things I just have to just forget about, since you can’t do both when riding.
        A sip of water during the brief moments between warmup and show in the summer – neh 🙂

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    2. Yey, I’m getting it right! 🙂

      So right about the judges – I’m very fortunate to be able to go rated one more time this year, and get this level of input. Next year may have to be non-affiliated shows only, unless someone decides to drive us, and then bite the bullet again in 2018.
      I know this judge on Sunday won’t miss a THING (I’ve audited a clinic with her.) and I’m looking forward to some constructive pointers.

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  4. I like to do the grooming but wish I had someone to hold my jacket and, after, take my horse while I went to the bathroom! 🙂
    But we AAs manage. Your horse is beautiful and it will be a fun experience for both of you. Good luck

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    1. Thank you Teresa! ! I DO have my wonderful friend who not only drives me to the show, but also holds my jacket. Without her, I’d be doomed 😉
      Grateful I’ve been able to train Valiosa to stand very nicely tied if I have to rush off somewhere. No spinning or screeching, which is a great quality in her.
      For the rest, I’ll have to manage on my own, just like the rest of us.
      Also the reason I don’t warm up in boots, don’t have time to pull them and take them back to the trailer before the show 🙂
      SO appreciate you cheering us on – we need it!!!

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