Showing

Description:
Each week, the students take part in a program of horse showing designed to familiarize them with all aspects of competition. The students will participate as competitors, show secretaries, ring masters, announcers, ready ring crew, and judges. Rules for recognized AHSA and AQHA show are followed. As competitors, the students will compete in classes in their riding disciplines according to their capabilities.

Showing I   |   Dressage Showing II-VI   |   Jumping Showing II-VI   |   Western Showing II-VI


Course Name: Showing I 

Prerequisites: None

Weekly Topics:Each week the students in this course will participate in a show as competitors, show secretaries, ring masters, announcers, “ready ring” crew members, and judges. Rules established by USAE, NCHA, and NRHA are followed. In addition to actual participation in shows, the student will discuss and learn about the content related to showing as it applies to the practice:

A student receives a blue ribbon in a horse showing class at Meredith Manor.
  • Rules of Discipline Associations
    • United States Dressage Federation
    • USAE
    • National Reining Horse Association
    • United States Combined Training Assn.
    • National Cutting Horse Association
    • Others
  • Understand what is involved in:
    • Dressage Tests
    • Reining Patterns
    • Hunter/Jumper Courses
  • Show Grooming
    • Braiding
    • Other aspects of show turn out
    • Appropriate Rider Show Attire
    • Show: Practice; Show: Formal
  • Organizing Shows
    • Participants
    • Roles of Managers, Judges, & others
  • Judging Shows
    • How to Judge
  • Participation in Show-masters

Performance Objectives:
Following successful completion of First Quarter Showing the student will be able to:

  • Describe the influence of the major Discipline Associations on showing
  • Describe the similarities and differences between the rules for showing for the various discipline associations
  • Explain what is involved in riding: dressage tests, reining patterns, hunter courses, jumper courses, combined training events, and other show related activities
  • Describe the ideal show “turn out” for each of the disciplines
  • Identify and demonstrate various braiding techniques; tell how/when each is appropriate
  • Describe and/or demonstrate proper show attire for participation in various disciplines
  • Describe the rules for judging various types of shows
  • Identify, describe, and demonstrate an understand of each of the following roles:
    • competitors
    • show secretaries
    • ring masters
    • announcers
    • “ready ring” crew members
    • judges
  • Define what it means to have an “educated eye” and describe the importance of having an educated eye for judging

Methods:
In order for students to acquire the knowledge and skills of First Quarter Showing, the instructor will use a variety of teaching methods including: expository learning, discussion, demonstration, & guided practice. In addition to classroom participating in presentations & discussions, students will actively participate in mock shows, learning the content and practicing the skills of show-related roles one might assume in a discipline-specific show.

Evaluation:
Students will be evaluated on their knowledge & skills through teacher made tests, notebook entries, and performance of various roles assumed during Show-masters (2 classes). Formative assessments will be used to guide the teaching/learning process and will allow students to monitor their progress throughout the course.


Course Name: Dressage Showing II-VI 

Prerequisites: Showing I

Weekly Topics:The following topics will be addressed in Dressage Showing II-VI:

A. Conformation and Movement; Parts of the Horse
B. Free Schooling; Turn Out; Sale video project
C. Dressage movements, riding tests and videos; grooming, mane pulling, and braiding
D. Mock show – braided and groomed; Warm-ups for riders and horses
E. Setting up the Dressage Square
F. Roles of judges, officials, announcers, scribe, show secretary, course designers, ring crew, and competitors.
G. Participation in all aspects of the show; proper attire for showing; tack cleaning;
H. USDF Quadrille Rules and maneuvers; Dressage Rules; Review of riding tree; Review of training tree
I. Dressage Tests

Performance Objectives:
Following successful completion of Dressage Showing, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to prepare for a show including properly filling out a form for a show, properly grooming and braiding a horse, and warming up a horse both physically and mentally.
  • Identify the levels of Dressage and the corresponding Dressage movements.
  • Demonstrate the skills needed to participate in weekly shows including those needed for each of these roles:
    • Judge
    • Ringmaster
    • Announcer
    • Scribe
    • Ring crew
    • Show secretary
    • Competitor
  • Define, develop, and perform drill team.
  • Explain and apply the rules of Dressage in a show.

Methods:
A variety of instructional methods and strategies will be used, including expository learning, discussion, demonstration, and guided practice. Students will take part in all aspects of Dressage showing through participation as a competitor, show secretary, ring master, announcer, ring crew, and judge.

Evaluation:
Observation and feedback will be used to guide instruction and allow students to monitor their progress. Other evaluation measures include: punctuality, progression, attitude, effort, professional appearance of rider, proper turn-out/appearance of horse. Teacher-made tests and projects will also be used to evaluate student knowledge and skills.


Course Name: Jumping Showing II-VI 

Prerequisites: Showing I

Weekly Topics:The following topics will be addressed in Jumping Showing II-VI:

A. Conformation and movement of the Jumping horse; Jumping sports; Course design
B. Show Project; AHSA Rules for Jumping; Course analysis and setting up courses
C. Bathing, grooming, and braiding horses; riding courses
D. Roles of judges, officials, announcers, scribe, show secretary, course designers, ring crew, and competitors
E. Fitness for Horse and Rider
F. Ride courses
G. Participation in all aspects of the show; proper attire for showing; tack cleaning
H. USDF Quadrille Rules and maneuvers; Dressage Rules; Review of riding tree; Review of training tree
I. Dressage Tests

Performance Objectives:
Following successful completion of Jumping Showing, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to prepare for a show including properly filling out a form for a show, properly grooming and braiding a horse, and warming up a horse both physically and mentally.
  • Identify the stages of Jumping and the corresponding courses.
  • Describe the differences between the Jumping disciplines: Hunter, Stadium, and Eventing
  • Demonstrate the skills needed to participate in weekly shows including those needed for each of these roles:
    • Judge
    • Ringmaster
    • Announcer
    • Scribe
    • Ring crew
    • Show secretary
    • Competitor
  • Explain and apply the rules of Jumping in a show & demonstrate the ability to negotiate a course at his or her level.

Methods:
A variety of instructional methods and strategies will be used, including expository learning, discussion, demonstration, and guided practice. Students will take part in all aspects of Jumping Showing through participation as a competitor, show secretary, ring master, announcer, ring crew, and judge.

Evaluation:
Observation and feedback will be used to guide instruction and allow students to monitor their progress. Other evaluation measures include: punctuality, progression, attitude, effort, professional appearance of rider, proper turn-out/appearance of horse. Teacher-made tests and projects will also be used to evaluate student knowledge and skills.


Course Name: Western Showing II-VI 

Prerequisites: Showing I

Weekly Topics:The following topics will be addressed in Western Showing II-VI:

A. Familiarization of Rules and Rule Books: AHSA; NRHA, NCHA, AQHA.
B. Proper etiquette, riding apparel and equipment for showing.
C. Show Grooming: clipping, bathing, mane and tail care
D. Roles of judges: Developing an eye
E. Participating in mock shows as an official, judge, announcer, scribe, show secretary, ring crew, and competitor.
F. Warm-up preparation and riding reining patterns.
G. Setting up regulation size reining arena
H. Equipment Care: cleaning and preserving
I. Time management

Performance Objectives:
Following successful completion of Western Showing, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to prepare for a show including properly filling out a form for a show, properly grooming and braiding a horse, and warming up a horse both physically and mentally.
  • Identify the various maneuvers that correspond to the different Western discipline: Reining, Cutting, and Western Pleasure.
  • Demonstrate the skills needed to participate in weekly shows including those needed for each of these roles:
    • Judge
    • Ringmaster
    • Announcer
    • Ring crew
    • Show secretary
    • Competitor
  • Explain the rules that apply to the various Western disciplines: Reining, Cutting, and Western Pleasure.

Methods:
A variety of instructional methods and strategies will be used, including expository learning, discussion, demonstration, and guided practice. Students will take part in all aspects of Western showing through participation as a competitor, show secretary, ring master, announcer, ring crew, and judge.

Evaluation:
Observation and feedback will be used to guide instruction and allow students to monitor their progress. Other evaluation measures include: punctuality, progression, attitude, effort, professional appearance of rider, proper turn-out/appearance of horse. Teacher-made tests and projects will also be used to evaluate student knowledge and skills.


Meredith Manor is far more than "just" an equestrian centre. Ron and Faith, I wish for just one moment you could feel the gratitude I have for you and what MM means to me. There will always be a little bit of my heart there. Thank you for such a wonderful education in many areas of my life!
Cynthia Moore Greene: 1992 Riding Master III Graduate