In the spirit of checking something off my summer bucket list, I pulled the trigger on entering Moe in a hunter/jumper show next month. It’s a two day schooling show, and we’re entered in two “schooling jumper” (.90-.95 meter) classes each day.
I haven’t competed in a jumper class since college, and that was at a fun show benefiting the equestrian team. I’m eager to go to this show- Moe is a good, reliable jumper, and I think we’ll have fun. It’ll certainly be a nice change of pace from dressage shows.
But I need your help, internet! I’m certain jumper shows are different from show jumping in eventing, and vastly different than from when I dabbled in them in high school. What should I expect? The classes I’ve entered are listed at the end of the class list for each day, so I assume my classes will be at the last ones held. The show starts at 7:30 AM each day, so should I expect to ride at midnight? (Just kidding- kind of.)
What should I wear? The prize list specifically states that show coats are prohibited due to the heat, and “we would like to encourage all of our exhibitors to wear their brightest polos for some added fun.” How fun do y’all think I ought to go? Neon or navy?
What should Moe wear? A color coordinated saddle pad? A white one? Should he wear open front boots or wear his cross-country set?
And what’s the deal with open schooling? It’s apparently available on Friday from noon to 3:30 PM (hello, heat stroke). What do you do at open schooling? Should I even bother?
Finally, how do I win this thing? Are jump offs involved? Who wants to come to Oklahoma and hold my hand through this thing?