It’s More Than Horse Shows
I went to my first horse show when I was 13. The judge advised me that the yellow macramé browband I’d crafted for my gelding’s bridle was not customary show attire. I didn’t really understand the difference between hunter or equitation, showmanship or halter/line classes. I just signed up for ‘em all, hoping that my horse had read the show program.
After spending my teen years showing my hunter on the A circuit, going off course as much as staying on track, I took an education break before crossing over to the Quarter Horse world as an adult. There, wiser and more experienced, I was blessed to find myself regularly in the winner’s circle, now in both English and western tack. I hung up a shingle as a professional horse trainer in the late 80’s and hauled horses and clients to horse shows across North America every weekend.
An opportunity to study and teach equine behaviour and research in the classroom provided more insights into the way horses think and learn.
As a riding coach and horse trainer, I’ve worked with hundreds of horses, and coached even more riders. What I’ve learned from horses and their people! What I’ve learned about myself in the fishbowl of the show ring! Horse shows have enriched lives for so many, and been the catalyst for the train wreck of others.
I’m still learning – asking questions, reading, studying and riding. Digging deeper through the hows to the whys. Enjoying the process, not only the result. And finding that life is more than horse shows!