Confessions of a Timid Rider: I Became a “Horse Show Mom”
My youngest daughters, age 6, had their first horse show. They’ve been riding horses for three months, and were so excited to have their first schooling show at our barn. I confess I was a little nervous for them. After all, I get terrible show nerves. Do these look like nervous riders to you?
I’ve technically been a horse show mom a few times with my oldest daughter. She is my hero, strong, courageous, and cool as a cucumber. The twins are another story. They are much more high maintenance and one of them struggles with some anxiety, just like me. So I was very nervous because I didn’t know how they would behave.
I was nervous for my daughters’ first horse show. Click To Tweet
The Day Before the Horse Show
Flash back 24 hours. Anyone who has a significant other knows that they can be extremely frustrating. I had to work Saturday and asked my husband to have my daughter try on her older sister’s show breeches. I needed to know if they fit, otherwise I had to stop at the tack store on my way home from work.
Did this happen? Nope. My husband carried on with his day, continuously walking around the center island. The breeches folded nicely on the counter in direct line of sight. I will acknowledge that she wasn’t feeling too well, perhaps nerves or fighting an infection, but no clothes were tried on that day.
So I came home from work and went about my business as usual. Enter 7 PM and she is miraculously better and wants to attend the horse show the next morning. Alas, her older sister’s show breeches were way too big. Because nothing is ever easy.
I run around like a crazy woman before the stores close attempting to find tan pants that I can substitute for breeches, a button down shirt, and show ribbons. Because these have all apparently gone missing. Super. I was annoyed. It would have been a lot easier to stop at the tack shop after work and get all items, instead of running to four different stores to find items that may be a good alternative.
The Horse Show
Getting the twins ready for the show was a little stressful for me. On any given day getting my children ready for school, much less an event, is an exercise in patience. Luckily they were both excited and Zoe didn’t mind wearing tan khakis instead of breeches- even if her clothes were a size too large and made for boys. What a good sport. Doesn’t she look cute?
It’s a schooling show after all. Walking in, I knew the judge and had a feeling that she wouldn’t be too strict about the show clothing for the littles. After all she’s got a precious little equestrian granddaughter.
I had show nerves for my daughters. My trainer told me to take a deep breath. Click To Tweet
All nerves aside, I was so proud of my girls. They have only been riding a few, short months. They had never ridden in this ring, in front of children and their parents, much less a judge. But the girls seemed absolutely unflappable.
I proudly led one of my daughter’s on her pony for the show. It was such a proud mama moment.
Out of four lead line competitors, my two were the youngest and had ridden for the least amount of time. I had no grand expectations, only prayed that they would have fun. And they did! The judge asked to speak to all the riders in the class and commented on what lovely posting trots they had.
We all came out winners today. I proudly led my daughter in her first horse show, they had fun, and they loved every minute! My barn’s schooling shows are such a lovely way for the girls to get their feet wet. Non-competitive, with our barn family cheering them on.
I’m a proud Horse Show Mom.
Next up is our annual Halloween Horse Show. My daughters and their ponies get to dress up in costume. I cannot wait to photograph that! Stay tuned and subscribe today.