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HI Spy: What are your competitive goals?

What are you and your horse working toward this show season?


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What are your goals as a rider?There are numerous reasons why riders choose to compete in horse shows and other events. One of the most common reasons is to give yourself something to work toward as a rider.

Goals can be as lofty as making the Olympic team or as modest as simply overcoming nerves to make it through a class at the local schooling show. No matter where your personal goals fall on that spectrum, working towards them keeps you motivated and gives your training sessions purpose.

Even if showing isn't your thing, equestrians of all types participate in a variety of competitive events, many of which have very little to do with the glitz and glamour of the A-circuit. Endurance and competitive trail offer a competitive outlet for dedicated trail riders. Cattle events give talented ranch horses a stage to test their skills. Hunter paces are fun, casual events in open country for English riders. If you and your horse are especially multi-talented, you can even opt to compete in an Extreme Cowboy Race.

Show season is just around the corner. We want to know, what are your competitive goals for this season? Are you chasing points with your old campaigner? Hoping to complete your first endurance event? Or maybe you've never shown before and want to make 2010 the year you finally get in the ring. Share your goals with other readers by clicking "Submit a Comment" below. Some of the answers may appear in an upcoming issue of Horse Illustrated.

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Tesla    Western, NC

12/3/2012 4:43:36 PM

This year I hope to go to the North Carolina state horse show with my rescued grade horse Chance, who was my first "project pony". I have worked so hard with him and I have wished for so long to be able to win the blue in an English flat class. I feel that he has come such a long way and that he deserves to have some recognition for all of his hard work.

Spencer    Brentwood, CA

8/7/2012 3:16:30 PM

My biggest equestrian dream is to go to the Snaffle Bit Futurity.

Katelyn    Lebanon, PA

7/10/2012 1:59:44 PM

I would love just to get to a show!!!!! and do barrel racing!!!

Victoria    Lugoff, SC

9/20/2011 5:29:51 PM

I have a chestnut Thoroughbred mare off the track. I have been retraining her for 4 yrs now and she is the most schooled horse at walk/trot her canter has been the hardest part through all of it though. I compete in the Camden Equine Circut in Camden SC and I am in hopes of moving up to the canter classes this new show season. I think that we will be prepared and ready to kick butt now that we have her canter under control. You would never know that she is a ex-racer now.

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