The Bramblewood Show Series offers current students a chance to experience showing in a comfortable learning environment without the stress and expense of traveling to an off-grounds show. With classes ranging from lead-line at a walk to cantering courses, all levels of riders are welcomed. Schooling shows are all about learning so our farm-based shows are structured for feedback and constructive criticism in a supportive, caring community that puts the needs of the horse first -- plus our shows are great fun!
Classes start at 9am and go until the last rider finishes (usually about 3pm). The mantra of all horse shows is "Hurry up and wait!" so bring some chairs and sun protection for your family and remember that show days are always when the least expected thing happens. A horse that was trotting around perfectly the day before a show will choose his moment in the spotlight to act as if he's never seen a corner of the ring before. One of the greatest lessons of showing is learning how to tap into your inner reserves of patience and acceptance -- even when everything seems to be going the opposite of what we've expected. These notes apply to parents of riders just as much as the riders themselves. Ribbons and placings are nothing compared to sportsmanship and lasting life skills -- those hard lessons that rarely come to the surface when everything is going according to plan. Horse showing is all about self control and stress management.
Ribbons will be awarded for first-sixth place in all classes and points will be tallied into Champion and Reserve Champion riders in each division. Fun classes such as Ride a Buck and Egg and Spoon will be awarded with prizes.
Riders should spend some time in the days leading up to the show making certain their horses are groomed properly and tack is cleaned. Please arrive early the day of the show to care for your horse and school before your classes without having to rush. Since everyone will be mounted on lesson horses, we remind all riders to have consideration for the others who will be sharing their mounts. For more advanced riders this is a great time to share your knowledge by kindly offering assistance when you see a need.
The Bramblewood Show Series has evolved over the years from a traditional model to one that we feel reflects the roots of equestrian sport in the US. Our schooling shows provide the opportunity for riders who do not own or lease their own horses to show in an affordable, safe environment. We look forward to seeing everything there!
Read more about our schooling shows at Kim's blog.