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10 Tips for Your First Hunter Jumper Show

Guest Post: 10 Tips for Your First Hunter/Jumper Show

Guest Post by Country & Stable

The big day is just around the corner. You’ve trained for weeks, months, even years, and now you’re ready to compete in your first hunter/jumper show. It’s an incredibly exciting time, and hopefully the first of many! However, it can also be a very nerve wracking experience. Country & Stable knows just how overwhelming your first hunter/jumper competition can be, so we’re sharing 10 of our top tips to help the day go smoothly and be as enjoyable as possible…

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Brave Horse I: the Bad and the Ugly

I know you’ve all been anxiously awaiting the recap of my first horse show of the year (okay, well at least my mom is), and I’m sorry to have kept you waiting so long. At first, I wanted to pretend that the show hadn’t happened at all… but I eventually came around and begrudgingly began to see the positive takeaways. This show took me quite a while to process, which is part of the reason why this post took so incredibly long to write. Of course, once I sat down to actually write it turned into quite the saga (so now you a two-fer!).

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Fly On Over's Horse Show Prep

Horse Show Prep

Our first horse show of the season is this week – horses will haul up Wednesday afternoon in fact, so I’ve been in full-fledged panic horse show prep mode for the last 10 days at least. With the schedule change, it seems like the horse show is coming up much more quickly, but luckily I’ve got planning and prep pretty much down to a science.

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In Defense of Dumbing Down Show Hunters by FlyOnOverEq.com

In Defense of “Dumbing Down” Show Hunters

Over the last few months, there’s been a lot of discussion about the problems with American show hunters: they’re too slow, they’re all drugged up, they are prepped and lunged to death, there are too many divisions and too many horse shows. And critics say that all of this combines to create awful animal welfare situations and terrible riders! I’m not here to refute every point, in fact some of it I wholeheartedly agree with. But some of these points fall far from the mark, and I’m here to defend “dumbing down” show hunters.

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