Horse Showing for Kids: Training, Grooming, Trailering, Apparel, Tack, Competing, Sportsmanship


Tens of thousands of kids are already competing in the horse show circuit or are working their way toward that goal. Many more are still dreaming of their first blue ribbon. This pack-along guide provides young competitors with everything they need to know about horse shows: what to bring for themselves and for the horse, what to wear, who does what at the show, show-ring etiquette, safety tips, "winning ways" to impress the judge, and much, much more.

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Tens of thousands of kids are already competing in the horse show circuit or are working their way toward that goal. Many more are still dreaming of their first blue ribbon. This pack-along guide provides young competitors with everything they need to know about horse shows: what to bring for themselves and for the horse, what to wear, who does what at the show, show-ring etiquette, safety tips, "winning ways" to impress the judge, and much, much more.

The book also features expert advice from the pros: Cherry Hill on horsemanship and equitation, Linda Allen on hunter-jumper, Kansas Carradine on cutting, and Mandy McQuay on excelling in both Western and English riding. In addition, readers will find horse show tips from teenage competitors.

This friendly, informative handbook informs and inspires while also being lots of fun. Readers will find useful tips and checklists, behind the scenes photos from horse shows, infographics, intriguing sidebars, and cartoons. There's even space for keeping a journal, plus a Show Diary at the end of the book. This is a handbook every horse-crazy kid will love.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Everything young equestrians need to know about getting ready for horse shows…” – School Library Journal

“…A COMPLETE HORSE GUIDE…” – American Quarter Horse Journal

“…a blue ribbon book.” – American Quarter Horse Journal

Children's Literature
This unique book is a treasure for young equestrians who have an interest in entering the world of competition. Kimball guides readers through all aspects of horse showing, beginning with different types of horse shows, types of classes, and who's who at the shows. The discussions of horse selection, conditioning and training, and grooming are informative and accompanied by checklists. Details on how to dress for a horse show, plan for it and maintain confidence provide a sense of control, and a number of Show Story pages detail real life experiences of riders. Most chapters conclude with a "homework" page, i.e. questions to ask oneself, checklists and so forth. Wonderful color photos and illustrations support the text, such as a step-by-step approach to loading a trailer or of braiding the horse's tail. Veteran competitors, judges and trainers offer quotable advice in sidebars, all with a positive, encouraging ring. Inserts provide exciting reading, such as "Secrets of Success" on how to best show one's horse. Responsibility for oneself and the horse, as well as safety around horses, is emphasized throughout. Checklists on packing for the show and lists of preparations along with a Show Diary make this interactive book particularly valuable. A resource list of organizations and an index are included. As one who enjoyed Western riding and shows as a child, it is especially nice to see emphasis on the variety of types of shows. A perfect gift for the interested child or adult. 2004, Storey Kids Publishing, Ages 8 up.
—Elaine Wick
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-For kids who have ever wondered if there is a certain color that complements their horse more than another, what last-minute checks they need to do before entering a show ring, how to dress for success, and much more, this handbook is invaluable. Presenting a wealth of information in a well-organized and enthusiastic manner, the author also addresses the more serious issues such as safety and good sportsmanship. The format is appealing, with lots of colorful photos of young people engaged in riding activities. Both Western and English riding are shown. Amusing cartoon illustrations are interspersed throughout, and a one-page "Show Story" in each chapter describes the relevant experience of an individual rider. For example, in "Moving Up," Jill has to decide what she wants to do with her horse now that she has taken up jumping. This volume is a treasure trove for anyone interested in showing. The advice it contains is ageless and the attractive layout and appealing pictures make it a blue-ribbon winner.-Carol Schene, Taunton Public Schools, MA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580175012
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 5/1/2004
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 626,799
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.46 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

A prolific writer on horsemanship, Cheryl Kimball has contributed articles to Western Horseman, The Equine Journal, The Horse's Maine, and many other magazines. She is the author of The Everything Horse Book and Mindful Horsemanship. She lives in Middleton, New Hampshire.

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Table of Contents

Preface: Good Luck to You!
Part 1 All About Showing 1
1. Different Types of Horse Shows 2
Pleasure Shows
Show Story
Performance Shows
Breed Shows
Pick Your Show!
Secrets of Success
Using a Coach
Ask Yourself
2. Different Types of Classes 16
Two Ways of Judging
Show Jumping
Show Story
There's Plenty More
Memorizing Tips
3. Who's Who: Show People 30
In the Secretary's Booth
Whom Do I Ask?
Show Story
Planning Your Show Season
Part 2 You and Your Horse 41
4. The Right Horse 42
A Horse of Your Own
The Vet Check
Show Story
Horse-Hunting Tips
Ask Yourself
5. Conditioning and Training 52
Ride, Ride, Ride!
Safety First
Working with a Coach or Trainer
Show Story
Mental Fitness
Ask Yourself
6. On the Road 64
Buying Your Own
Trailer-Training Your Horse
Show Story
Homework Time
7. All About Grooming 76
Grooming Basics
Level-Two Grooming
Grooming for a Show
Show Story
Grooming Supplies
Part 3 It's Show Time! 89
8. Dressing for Success 90
Safety Equipment
Western Attire
English Attire
Show Story
Buying Used
A Horse of a Different Color
Final Check
9. Planning for a Show 100
Planning Is the Key
The Day Before
Sweet Dreams
Show Story
At the Show
Good Sportsmanship
10. On the Big Day 110
The Ups and Downs of Showing
Show Ring Etiquette
Show Story
Looking Good
Winning Ways
Reviewing Your Performance
Ask Yourself
How Did You Do?
11. After the Show 122
Tidy Up
Heading Out
Show Story
Ask Yourself
Part 4 What's Next? 129
12. Onward and Upward 130
To the Next Level
Changing Disciplines
A More Advanced Horse
Show Story
Ask Yourself
Appendix Staying Organized 138
Packing for Your Horse
Packing for Yourself
A Backpack of Extras
Countdown to Show Time 140
Show Diary 142
Resources 148
Index 149
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