Sadie was in the summer of her 3yo year (2010) when I took her to her first show. There was a great little benefit show a short trailer ride away that had something called Hunter Versatility. If you’ve never seen it, it’s kind of like a trail class meets really tiny jumps meets a flat class. To start you were to lead your horse in the ring and mount at the block, then there was an obstacle portion that included walking over small logs, a little bridge lined with flowers, an L of poles, a figure 8, etc then you walked across the road and jumped a couple of little x-rails and logs. Then you came back into the field for a little w/t/c flat class that also required you to back up and stand still. Maybe it was a bit of a challenge for a first show but it was super low key and laid back so I figured even if she lost her mind it wouldn’t be a big deal.
True to Sadie form she arrived, took one look around, and buried her head in her hay. I hopped on a few minutes before her class and w/t/c around the warm-up but she seemed pretty chill so we just hung out after that and waited for her class.
She won her class with an 80%. Really cool and successful first experience for a baby! I wish they still had more of these kinds of shows, it was the only time I’ve done anything like it, but what a fun change of pace from the norm.