The horse show is a proving ground for American Saddlebreds and their riders. As the skills of a rider progresses, it's natural to want to compete and see how you compare. Men and women compete on an equal footing at most shows, although some larger shows offer separate classes for men and women. All horse shows, large or small, have many things in common--the excitement of competing, the thrill of achievement, and a keen sense of belonging and fellowship among riders. Competition builds sportsmanship and character. Often entire families participate in the sport. Families travel together and, in some instances, show together. That's why showing becomes one of the best experiences of owning a Saddlebred.
Conservative Saddle Suit or day coat and jodhpurs - jods should be dark and conservative
Jodhpur boots regular or patent leather
complementary button-down collared shirt
hair in a bun with hairnet (women)
Preparing for Horse Shows & Horse Show Expenses
Two-wheel cart, or
When you have a horse(s) that's ready to show, the following will take place:
Horse Show Advertising Magazines
Helps promote you and your horse and create stables families.
Getting Involved with LaFleur Stables & Saddlebreds
Learning to ride is best done in the saddle. However, learning about being around and riding and showing horses also can be done while still on the ground. A person interested in horses should first understand what's involved in riding and what kind of a commitment is needed in terms of time and money. La Fleur Stables has worked with and trained some of the best Saddlebred riders in the country. So, we stepped back and asked ourselves, “What does it take to make a rider successful?” Here's how we answer that question.
LOVE WHAT YOU ARE DOING. A person who loves riding can’t wait for the next chance to ride.
MAKE THE COMMITMENT. Commitment takes the discipline to ride and train regularly. Not only does a rider need to be dedicated but support must come from everyone around that rider.
FIND FOCUS. No athletes define focus more so than Olympic athletes do. Watching those athletes demonstrates how they find “the zone" and do not let anything shake them out of it.
BE A GREAT COMPETITOR. Everyone wants to win. But the key point is to become a better competitor. The trick is to be a gracious winner and a gracious loser. That’s what we strive for at LaFleur Stables. Being gracious in victory or defeat allows you to appreciate the strengths of your competition and understand how to develop those strengths in yourself. A true win is achieving your goals.
UNDERSTAND THAT RIDING IS A SPORT. We treat it that way. It's not just sitting atop a horse. And like any sport, riding requires a higher level of physical conditioning.
DEVELOP A BOND. Unlike other sports, your teammate is a living, breathing, half-ton animal. That animal requires your respect and compassion. A rider has to understand their horse's strengths, fears, and personality. The better they do, the better a rider can synchronize with their horse and become a team.
It takes commitment, discipline, time, and compassion to become an extraordinary rider and bring the full potential of a horse and rider to the show ring.
We have Horse Events in Madison. For more information ask at the stables.