I went to a large three day open show this weekend to cheer on a good friend from my childhood 4H days. The great thing about this show is that it is truly diverse. There were stock breeds, Saddlebreds, Arabs and 1/2 Arabs, TB's, and ponies. There were divisions including western pleasure, registered QH, hunters, jumpers, driving, equitation, green horse, trail, in-hand, and saddleseat. I like going to watch this particular show series because there are so many different horses and riding styles there.
It is also always very busy. I do not think this show would be ideal for Lucy until she's been to a few small schooling shows and I have some confidence in her in that kind of an environment. The classes that I watched had anywhere from 15 to 30 exhibitors in them. Some classes had to be split. The green horse division was HUGE.
I also saw some questionable riding, and some even more questionable horsemanship. I get that things like that happen at most shows, but it always sucks to see. I've never really cared about ribbons, even though I know the whole point of showing is to beat the competition. For me, though, a show is more about having goals and beating those. I can't really control what my competition does, but I can control how I ride (and hopefully how my horse behaves) and I'd rather have a positive experience than worry about a ribbon.
There is a schooling show that has a couple more dates this season that I'd like to take L to. They also have a green horse division but it isn't nearly as packed as the show this past weekend was. I also think they foster a more encouraging and welcoming environment, and the goals center more around having fun and being ultra safe and inviting, instead of a super competitive vibe. I hope we can do one of these shows toward the end of the summer.
For those of you with green horses, how did you pick the venue for their first show(s)? Did you participate in a green horse division?