First time showing? Here are some tips.

First time showing? Here are some tips.

If you or your child has always wanted to show, what better way than to try out a schooling show at Good Reception Ranch. If you aren’t currently taking jumping lessons, I  have listed classes below that would be of interest to you. The classes I have not listed involve jumps ranging from cross rails to 3’6″ fences.

How much will it cost?

Office fees are $45 and each class is $10. That means it would cost $55 to ride in one class, $65 to ride in two classes and so on. Classes are quite short but would also include a warm up ride. We are waiving any horse fees for the day if you take lessons with us, so there would be no additional expenses for the horse or for some help from your instructor. Be sure to reserve your school horse for the classes you would like to ride in. Boarders with their own horses can ride in unlimited classes for $55. To participate, riders must be able to ride at the walk and trot independently and must be in English tack. We can help locate boots and breeches for you if you give us a heads up.

First time showing? Confused by the descriptions?

The first class begins at 9 (arrive no later than 8:30 if you would like to ride in any classes 1-4). Start times for the other classes will depend on the number of riders present.

1 -W/T Piled poles Hunter O/P – Riders steer their horses one at a time over a course of piled poles at the walk or trot. The judge focuses on the horse.

2 – W/T Piled poles Equitation O/P – Riders steer their horses independently over a course of piled poles at the walk or trot. The judge focuses on the rider.

3 – W/T Piled poles Hunter U/S – This is a flat class for riders at the walk and trot. Competitors ride together in a group and are told when to walk, trot, change direction, or line up in the middle of the arena. The judge scores the horse.

4 – W/T Piled poles Equitation Flat – This is a flat class for riders at the walk and trot. Competitors ride together in a group and are told when to walk, trot (including sitting trot), change direction, or line up in the middle of the arena. The judge scores the rider.

Arrive no later than 9:30 if you’d like to do the following classes:

7 – W/T Cross rails Hunter U/S (Canter Optional) – This is a flat class for riders at the walk, trot, and canter. Competitors ride together in a group and are told when to walk, trot, canter, change direction, or line up in the middle of the arena. The judge scores the horse.

8- Cross rails Equitation Flat (Canter Optional) This is a flat class for riders at the walk, trot (including sitting trot), and canter. Competitors ride together in a group and are told when to walk, trot, canter, change direction, or line up in the middle of the arena. The judge scores the rider.

Arrive no later than 10 if you’d like to do these classes:

11 – 2’ Hunter U/S – This is a flat class for more advanced riders at the walk, trot, and canter. Competitors ride together in a group and are told when to walk, trot, canter, change direction, or line up in the middle of the arena. The judge scores the horse.

12 – 2’ Equitation Flat – This is a flat class for more advanced riders at the walk, trot (including sitting trot), and canter. Competitors ride together in a group and are told when to walk, trot, canter, change direction, or line up in the middle of the arena. The judge scores the rider.

Arrive no later than 10:30 if you’d like to do these classes:

 15 – 2’3”-2”6” Hunter U/S – This is a flat class for more advanced riders at the walk, trot, and canter. Competitors ride together in a group and are told when to walk, trot, canter, change direction, or line up in the middle of the arena. The judge scores the horse.

16 – 2’3”-2’6” Equitation Flat – This is a flat class for more advanced riders at the walk, trot, and canter. Competitors ride together in a group and are told when to walk, trot, canter, change direction, or line up in the middle of the arena. The judge scores the rider.

Arrive no later than 11 if you’d like to do these classes:

19 – 2’9”-3’ Hunter U/S – This is a flat class for more advanced riders at the walk, trot, and canter. Competitors ride together in a group and are told when to walk, trot, canter, change direction, or line up in the middle of the arena. The judge scores the horse.

20 – 2’9”-3’ Equitation Flat – This is a flat class for more advanced riders at the walk, trot, and canter. Competitors ride together in a group and are told when to walk, trot, canter, change direction, or line up in the middle of the arena. The judge scores the rider.

 

Things can be confusing at first, so here are a few descriptions to help you expand your Hunter Jumper vocab:

Hunters—The horse is subjectively judged based upon how well he performs jumping the course, generally a fairly straightforward course. Emphasis is on accuracy and elegance.

Jumpers—Competitors are objectively judged over a challenging course with twists and turns. They receive points for any rails knocked down, refusals, time penalties, etc. The goal is a clean round.

Equitation—The rider is subjectively judged for her performance over a jumping course. The course is generally more technical than the hunters’ courses.

Gamblers’ Choice—An exciting event where jumps are scored and riders pick their own course in order to earn the maximum number of points in a limited amount of time.

W/T/C—Walk/Trot/Canter

There are two types of flat classes. Flat classes are group classes, with (hopefully!) several riders going the same speed and direction at the same time. In O/P or O/F classes, riders navigate a course on their own, either over a pile of poles (O/P) or over fences (O/F) of a certain height.

Equitation Flat—No obstacles are involved; rider is subjectively judged on position, seat and aids.

Hunter U/S—The horse is judged for his performance “under saddle”—movement, manners, etc.

Available school horses: Chloe, Chance, Dyna, Rumors, Duke, Ariel