How to host a practice show

Practice makes perfect, so holding a practice horse show is a great way to improve your show skills. Journal photo Practice makes perfect, so holding a practice horse show is a great way to improve your show skills. Journal photo

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How to Host a Practice Horse Show

Want to fine-tune your horse and yourself before the big horse-showing event? Put on a practice horse show!
From The American Quarter Horse Journal, with contributions from Kristin Syverson
It can be tough, especially in this economy, to afford all the big-time shows you want.

To get the most for your money, you probably want to find a way to fine-tune your performance before you hit the circuit. If you need a chance to knock off your winter rust, head to a practice show.

Practice shows help make sure your horsemanship, nerves and organizational skills are in check and are great ways to support your local horse community.
As you're hosting your practice horse show, take a look at our Horsemanship Patterns e-book for ideas on what patterns to have your exhibitors run.
Get Lots of Volunteers

Create an inexpensive show with low entry fees by enlisting help from lots of volunteers. Find volunteers to serve as show secretaries, ring crew, gate crew, ribbon crew, announcer, show bill creator and course designer.

Find a Good Location 

Make sure to book the facilities well in advance. To increase your chances for a good turnout, try to schedule your practice show on a weekend without many nearby horse shows.
Practice makes perfect, so check out our Horsemanship Patterns e-book to have plenty of different patterns to lock in your riding and showing skills.
Not sure you’re up for the task? Consider having an in-barn practice show with competition against barn-mates, other clients of your trainer, riders in the neighborhood or whomever else you can think of.

An in-barn show doesn’t have to be as formal as a “real” practice show, but it can still give you valuable experience.
For more tips on hosting a practice show, go to AQHA Daily.