Horse Shows: The Winner's Circle

Have you been in horse shows? Riding competition can be a lot of hard work but it's also a lot of fun. It's a great way to bond with your pony or horse and show the world how wonderful she (or he) is!

Whether it's your first competition, or you're practically a pro, this is the page to share your stories, pics and tips from shows and events.

Western, Dressage, Hunter Jumper, Endurance, Reining, Vaulting...all horseback competition stories are welcome!

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Look below for some great horse show stories...

First Hunter Trials ever!!! 
I've got a pony but I'm taking my friend's horse to a Hunter Trials because she can't- she's embarrassed about beating the same opponent again-. It's …

Time to move on, I think 
So everyone on here is a fan of horses, right? Most people on here ride. I do, I have been in shows. I ride Western, I do trail, western equitation …

First jumping show in a week! Help! 
I have shown for over 5 years now (western and english) and I have recently started jumping. I am doing a 18" hunter hack course a week. My trainer is …

Help with Latte 
Okay, my horse latte is crazy! He is a professional barrel horse and I love him to death but he is a little hard to control even on the trail. When he …

My big day 
Well, it all started when I began riding a friend's horse. We were great team and had been together for a while when I decided I wanted to enter a show. …

Hunter Hack? 
I'm going to a show on Saturday and I'm jumping in Hunter Hack over 2 2' jumps. Do I do a Hunters Circle?

Will I win? 
(Please comment on my writing) The dawned early and I felt cold shivers go down my back. I looked out the window and gazed at the rising sun. I …

Help! Doing first show in Summer! 
Okay, so I'm doing my first show in the summer. I don't know what I'd like to do though as I haven't really got a specific talent yet. But what I really …

Dressage?! 
I've been working on jumping a lot, and my horse has good endurance. I'm definitely going to enter show jumping and cross country, but what about dressage? …

Help I am nervous about Christmas!!!!! 
Okay, so I have been begging my parents to get me a horse for a very long time we had the room the property but then we moved now we have no property whatsoever …

New horse and show story! 
Well I got my first horse he is a dark bay welsh/poa gelding large pony his barn name is prince but I don't have a show name -_- so any suggestions? Not …

Kid's First Show 
Kid is a friend's horse and he only been to one Dressage training day and the owner has asked me to ride him in the show because he is too scared to ride. …

I was soo close! 
I was flying over my jumps, never knocked any but there was a really tight turn. I was so close until my pony went the wrong way and I didn't expect …

EEP!!! Help! First horse show next month!  
So, I am having my first horse show next month. I will be showing on a horse I really trust, but I am still nervous. Please help?! What if I mess up, …

Horse Show Story: Canfield Fair Misshap! 
My pony's name is Cloie and we went into a walk, trot class. There was a boy behind me slapping something hard at Cloie that she bolted across the ring. …

First show, please help! 
I am going to one of the Equine shows located near me this weekend (Tarago Show, Australia). I am entering the Quarter horse led and Ridden gelding - Rider …

Dressage Show on Friday! Tips please? 
Hi! I have my first real show on friday (I did one at a camp, but it was just against 4 other girls), and I'm really nervous! I'm entering two classes: …

The Speedy Pony 
So on valentines day I was at a schooling show with my favorite school pony Crayola! I got to the barn early because my divisions (I entered 1division …

My First IEA Show is coming up soon. Help!?! 
I used to compete on my pony, Subtle Abu, until I had a terrible accident. I just started back up a year and 5 days ago. I am back at a walk, trot and …

Have a horse show.. I'm so scared.. Any advice? 
Any advice would help.. really appreciate it!

LOST and FOUND 
One day my pony was in the pasture grazing (this was the same horse that died) and then my neighbor called and said why is your pony on the road? We …

When I lost a horse 
One day at the beach my dad called and he said ''reagan I am so sorry.'' I said for what he said angel died 5min. ago.

What a Fail! 
So I was at my first real show and it was my second jumping course round and me and the school horse Katie were heading to a 2" fence and she refused …

Tips for any English rider! 
There are many things a judge looks for in an English rider. All judges are different. So experiment a little, and find out what he/she likes the best! …

Naughty Horsey 
It was your basic flat class. Walk, trot, canter, turn around and repeat. I had my horse in a snaffle bit which was not holding him back at all. My arms …

Horse Show Disaster 
I was out hacking with my mum on my cheeky gelding Paso and I had entered a comp with him but the rules said if anything happened I could change the horse …

Won Grand Champion! 
I was showing this pony named Fatty and his name suits him. I've been riding him for 3 years, almost 4 now. I had 4 classes two w/t/c and two jumping …

The Bad Show 
It started out Ok. We got to the show, tacked up,and schooled a little. When we schooled,we walked and trotted and my pony (Nemo) was fine. Then, I asked …

Warm-up Fall 
I was showing at the Youth Round Up in MN. This was my second show of the day and the horse I was showing, Valesano (otherwise known as Val, and I where …

Show Jumping Event 
A while ago I entered my chestnut Thoroughbred in a show jumping competition. It was really fun and me and my horse got 3rd place in our division!!

Ya Snooze, Ya lose 
This is (unfortunately) a true story! I own a purebred Arabian mare (Her name is Stylish Celebrity, which is SO like her personality!) and we show at …

*~Zoe~*  
This is a pic of me & my lesson horse Zoe schooling before a show. We did pretty well that show, we got 3 1sts & 2 6ths!!! Zoe did SO great! I was so proud …

~Pegasus~ 
This is a picture of me and my Anglo-Arab named Pegasus competing in a costume class. I named her Pegasus because her stride is so smooth, it really …

Showing Tommy 
My parents let me show my 13 yr old Thoroughbred cross paint gelding. He's beautiful, smart, sometimes silly, sometimes stubborn, but I love him! The picture …

Talk about a colorful personality! 
I got this pony last year. She was white and her name is Kenzie. I had Kenzie for 3 years until I grown out of her. Before I MOVED ON I BEGGED AND …

The Terror of Barrel Racing 
I clung to the reins my palms sweating inside my leather gloves. I took my gloves off and wiped them on my chaps, then I fixed my black cowgirl hat. The …

Crazy True Story!!! 
Last year I went to this summer horse camp for a week and we did this horse show with our lesson horses. My horse was a palomino appaloosa with a few …

Zorro 
This is my horse Zorro. He is SO sweet! In this pic we had just won Grand Champion at Crystal Brook stables in Miami. Zorro did so great that day. …

Dunn Near Perfect (Kody) 
This is my pony Kody. He's the sweetest pony EVER! Sadly I outgrew him and had to move to a different horse, but I'll never forget this show. My parents …

Help! What To Wear For My Horse Show? 
Well I am going to a show this weekend (it is January 1 2011 when I wrote this) and I need help what to wear. What should I wear and do with my hair? …

Hannah and Lillie 
Hi it's Hannah from the stories: what dreams are made of and etc. And Lillie from the story: the night of the eclipse. We though we'd show you guys …

My 1st Horse Show 
In my first horse show, I rode a buckskin pony named Denver, I did 3 jumping classes and 1 flat class. Here are the results: Flat: 4th place 1st …

Best Horse Show Ever 
Horse showing is one of my favorite things. But with 4-H, you get scores, not placings. Blues, reds and whites. No first, second or third. This was my …

A Fun Show!!!! 
I have to tell you my story!! I must! I was in summer camp so it was sorta a show. My parents came to camp and we had practiced EVERY spare second …

My First Horse Show! 
At my first horse show I rode a horse named diesel. When they handed out ribbons I placed 6th out of like 15 kids. I think that is pretty good for …

The Canter! 
I was at my very first show. I was in a walk trot class and my horse PW (Pretty Woman) cantered and bucked on me! They told me to circle but i didnt know …

My First Show 
When I was about 5 I enterd my first walk trot and canter show and all i knew how to do was walk and trot i didnt know how to canter at all, I just knew …

Rainy Day 
We spent a whole week readying our ponies to ride in an equitation show. As it was going to be my first show I was doing walk/trot on my amazing loaned …

Raighle and Disrictes 
last year 2009 in augest we went to this show and i was in to clases the first one i didnt have any luke so it came to the open clase the one i was doing …

I'm so proud of Shorty! 
Ok, so this was the first time I showed in 2'3" with Shorty (AKA Feature Presentation). We've done up to 3'6" at the barn but this was her first time showing …

HELP!!! Refusal issues! 
Okay. I've had the same horse for five years. We're the perfect match and he's the most amazing boy in the entire world. We know each other inside and …

how to jump 
u have to trot and then canter to jump and its easyer to jump!!!

My First Show 
After alot of begging, my parents finally let me attend a county horse show. I entered show jumping with my lesson horse Lucky Lady, a buckskin mustang …

IEA show 
This was the last show of the IEA season before semi finals.In IEA they randomly choose a horse name and a rider name and whatever horse you get is who …

FIRST PLACE!!! 
One day i entered 4-H, so now I get to go to the Washington County Fair. My horse that i rode Buck a 19 year old chestnut and white paint. And Katie my …

My first English Show! 
At the beginning of fall, I had sent my horse to my friends for a training refresher. I knew my friend would make me show her before the season was up, …

HELP! What to wear to show? 
PLEASE PLEASE READ!!! I REALLY want to be in an english pleasure class and maybe jumping. What should I wear?

My First Show  
I was so excited! I couldn't sleep the night before. It was a local show so I didn't have to be there that early because I was riding a lesson horse but …

Jump off !! 
well i went to a showjumping class and i got through to the jump off and i came 2nd but my time was 34.001 andthe winners time was 34. 000 i was not happy …

My Very First Horse Show 
I still remember my very first horse show to this day. A couple years ago in July, I visited a horse camp that I go to each year. The only change was …

Barrel racing!!!!!!!!! 
Im not an english rider but I do ride horses!!! I barrel race in tx. and I love it!!!! I've won buckles and halters and all kinds of other stuff!! its …

I loved my first show 
When i went to my first show at wersbrought i was really looking foward to it. i know my new forest thoroughbred can jump really big. i knew we would place …

The Fall 
Hey there 2 or 3 years ago I was riding a little white pony named Blaze he was half Welsh and Half Arb. I loved him cuase he was small like me he was …

Help! I get nervous before horse shows... 
Heyy i had my first AA horse show last month and i totally freaked out!! i need some help with anxiety at shows. i don't know if its just me who gets nervous …

For english horse shows... 
For english horse shows how good do you have to be? My instructor said I was not ready but she did not ride english. I think I am good.(not to bragg) I …

How good do you have to be to be in a horse show? 
I was wondering how good you have to be to be in a horse show? Do you have to pay? If you do how much? Please respond! Thank you! Or in german Duncah …

I Dident know! 
Well i was working at the hampton classic and i was a leader for this 5 year old girl. As she was riding i was taling to her and telling her what to say...little …

uh oh 
It was the high jump and jolleyrancher had just got a pep talk from me. Our names were called.! i knew he was stressed he dosen't like the high jump! so …

The Best Birthday Ever! 
It was my birthday and we thought we might go to Disney for the day. (You get in free on your birthday.) But we discovered Sydney had a horse show that …

The Great Fall 
Ok so it was my first time going to a horse show. I ride English by the way and I jump. I was a nervous wreck horribly nervous. As you all know horses …

denisees best horse story  
Hi! my name is denise and my age is 8 i am going to be 9 in august 1st. when i was little i road a black horse and my dad was holding the rope and …

Love<3 
I have an Arabian horse..of all my horses he is my fav.! i have a palomino, Oldenburg, and 3 thoroughbreds...and much more at the barn i plan on adopting …

NBHA 
I run with NBHA. They are an amazing club. Just some tips for future barrel racers: DONT EVER GIVE UP!!! It gets very Frustrating. Trust me I know. Just …

Perfect First Pony Her name is "Lady" or " Lady Bug" 
This is lady she is a welsh pony. Lady was my first pony. I remeber when we went to go look at her the first day she had not been out in the pasture for …

Fair Show Fun!!!! 
i was little...about 5 or 6. my pony was a beautiful pony all black..so i couldn't resist naming her black beauty. i barrel race. i was coming back to …

pony finals 2008 
last year i went to pony finals my first time in 2008 with my large pony named porter we got 26th in the jumping and it was so much fun whoever is out …

First Show 
On my very fist horse show I didn't think I do very well. In the middle of the day before my classes I wasn't even going to ride. But I decided to try …

The Noble Horse Theatre 
I haven't actually BEEN to the Noble Horse Theatre, but it's so cool!!! They do entire plays on horseback. Every Halloween they do Sleepy Hollow. They …

Two-timer who is very VERY nervous 
Okay, I'm sure I'm not the only one, but I get show nerves really badly. At my most recent show, I almost took a wrong turn in my dressage test. I still …

My VERY first Horse show 
My very first horse show i got 5th and 6th place. i always think i could have done better,but i know that my horse nick did his very best to please me! …

My Firs Show 
Well my first horse show was kinda well,hectic!!haha!!i was SO nervous and i forgot some stuff...my boots and my girth...so i borrowed a girth and some …

the bad horse show of rusty and boo the horse 
one day there was a horse named boo and there was a girl named rusty she was thanking of a horse show of her on but she was thanking of all the people …

Fun horse show!!! 
i went to a fun horse show.It was not a casual one, u could wear jeans, and a tshirt. my friend won 2 second places!!! i won nothing. but in 2 other …

TAKE! CARE! OF! HORSES! O!K!  
once there was a horse. she was a grate horse. to play with. AND once she went to eat some grass..... …

show jumping 
damion is a pro jumper and i am a novice jumper at are first proper showjumping we came first and the next one oh dear i fell off over the finish line

Wow!!!!! 
I never knew horse Shows can be so exciting I done almost a season of barrel racing and I loved it I am a purebred Cowgirl. Thats all I have to say right …

HALLOWEEN HARVEST FEST 
(LEVI IS THE ORANGE APPALOOSA) WELL IT WASN'T A COMPETITIVE SHOW ITS A FUN DRESS UP MUSICAL FREE STYLE DRESSAGE SHOW. WE WERE PUT IN TEAMS AND EACH …

Crazy Day 
Well at a jumping day a horse slipped over and fell on the rider then got up and kicked her in the face! People thought she was nearly dead! Another 5 …

My 1st Show 
It was in August. Not many people came because it was supposed to rain. My horse EZ Spirit was waiting for me when I got there. Me and my BFF's where …

My First Horse Show 
A few months ago I went to my first show. I could have gone sooner but my family sold our trailer a year ago and we're looking for a new one. But anyway, …

First horse show 
It was my first horse show ever and my horse and i went in and place 6th out of 23 people and they were mostly adults. Also we got two 5th place ribbions …

The Day of the Show 
The day i showed was a Tuesday and a Monday. the first day i was in 4 classes. 2 showman ship classes, and 2 riding classes. That day i got 1 first …

The Arabian Association Horse Shoe Region 9 
Okay well i went to a horse show called the Arabian show with my horse Precious. We did in hand and got 6 place out of 22 people and under saddle witch …

My first show 
Well, I went to my very first show ever, and won fourth and fifth place, which I think is fairly good, seeing as I've never showed before.

Our first show 
I don't have any pics of my first show, but it was scary. here is a regular pic of me riding though,

My first show on my new horse! 
It was my first show on my new purebred new forest pony Polly who was only 4 yrs old and still is. It was taking place at Wooten Warren and I had already …

Oxford Trail Riders 
Hey girls, I've been riding for 8 years now and been in alot of shows. But my first show I rode in Western pleasure and I can't tell you how nervous …

Plantation Acres Saddle Club 
I won Grand Champion of all of it... at Suncoast horse show I won the Novice hunter!

Shes too fat! 
I was going in to open pony. We got in there and Boonie, the horse I have taken in, it was coming to the end. He was putting us in places and he put me …

My Big Day! 
Hey all you horse crazy girls! i want to tell you i am entering my first BIG horse show on my horse Chief. I will keep you updated!

My Big Day! 
Hey all you horse crazy girls! i want to tell you i am entering my first BIG horse show on my horse Chief. I will keep you updated!

My horse Wonder  
I was at a show one day helping my friend Tina. My lease was over so I could not ride till I found a new horse, all of a sudden a stallion jumped out of …

The Scary Halloween Show 
I was riding a pony named Daisy. This was October 26 2007. I was in the Halloween show. At the end of the day there is a Halloween contest where people …

Me & Jay 
There was once this horse that I showed at a horse show at Happy Valley. The horse that I was riding was a horse named Jay. Everybody that had ridden this …

Me and Show 
Well I was walking with my horse and he stepped and I pulled on him, and he wouldn't move. Stepped one more step, and now I have a horse that won't move. …

We're Goin' To Fall Off! (LOL) 
My cousin and I were at a horse show in Leigh, Nebraska in about September of 2006. We were signed up to do the Pickup Race. The Pickup Race is where …

My first show 
This is me at my first show, riding a pony from our barn named Sparky (his show name is Fairy Dust). We had so much fun. It was a small show but I really …


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