We have several remaining opportunities for Team Avalon to show in the Academy division. Please talk to Lonna if you are interested in any of the upcoming shows:
2019 Academy Show Schedule
- March 16: Gasparilla Charity Horse Show, Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa, FL
- April 20: Suncoast Spring Classic Horse Show, Lake Park, Lutz, FL
- May 11: West Coast Morgans Schooling Show, Odessa, FL
- November 1-2: Harvest Days Horse Show, Florida State Fairgrounds (start to new highpoint season), Tampa, FL
- December TBD: Avalon Stables Horse Show, at Avalon
Schedule may be subject to changes or additions.
Please be sure to sign up on the bulletin board for any shows you wish to attend, to ensure your entry form gets completed, as well as your horse gets a spot on the trailer.
Please plan and get with Lonna or Pam on any questions
Practice Before a Show
Usually students take one to two lessons a week. We encourage them to make sure they are in a group situation as well. A group situation prepares a student for the feeling of riding with 6-8 other riders and all the circumstances that may present them. During the show, there is little time for a warm up, classes run back to back. A rider must be mentally ready to mount and go on into the show ring at maximum performance. This should be practiced at lesson time as well. Rider should practice getting on and give 110% at the beginning of their lesson!
Usually a horse show is a child’s first competitive sport that is not a conventional team situation. Riders put a lot of time and effort to try their best. The academy program is designed to let those show who have not yet become completely proficient in their riding, but rather “start somewhere” and work harder to get better. This creates a situation where you or your child will not always win or place well. At Avalon, we like to put our focus on the child’s personal goals and creating a bond between horse and rider. We do not push to a blue ribbon, but a well ridden class sends Avalon staff over the moon proud and excited for that rider. Avalon expects their riders and their parents carry the same attitude. It is a process to teach good sportsmanship, we all know we weren’t born with it! This is usually discussed individually with parents if we feel the child is too disappointed in a performance, or is too hard on themselves. Learning to deal with these feelings is one of the life lessons learned in sports.
When do I start to show horses?
The academy division has many age divisions. It is designed with two classes for each age group, equitation and showmanship. Equitation classes are judged on the riders’ basic equitation skills (body position) with correct diagonals to be counted; proper use of show ring is to be considered. Showmanship classes are judged on the rider’s horsemanship abilities. They are judged on the riders ability to control and show their horse, including speed, collectiveness, and placement in the ring (the rider’s command of the horse). The following age divisions are divided to insure fair competition: leadline, 8 and under, 9-10, 11-13, 14-17, Adult
Please be sure to sign up on the bulletin board for any shows you wish to attend, to ensure your entry form gets completed, as well as your horse gets a spot on the trailer. Also, please remember to pay your show bill by date requested to guarantee your entry; once you are entered we can often no longer refund you fully. We will take out show fees and expenses and apply remainder toward lessons. The horse show sign-up sheet will tell you when the payment is due (6 days before the horse show). Avalon shows are the only shows that you will operate on a pay when you get there system, all other should be paid in advance. It is important to keep us up to date if you cannot attend and only sign up if you are reasonably sure you can compete that date. http://avalonstables.com/academy/ http://avalonstables.com/academy/ http://avalonstables.com/academy/ http://avalonstables.com/academy/There are no refunds after the sign up date, but add-ons sometimes may be taken with a late fee from the show. All academy horses must be ridden by multiple riders and your decisions effect everyone.