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From the Center of the Ring

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FROM THE CENTER OF THE RING 
An Inside View of Horse Competions 
by Cherry Hill 

179 pages, 135 photos & drawings

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" If you are thinking about showing, read this book first. It gives you a comprehensive overview of the show scene. I cover both English and Western events, describing them to help you select an event, select a horse for that event, and choose the right tack and attire. You'll learn how to find a trainer and instructor and I'll give you tips on working with your veterinarian and farrier as well. Finally, you'll learn about trailering, preparing for your first show, and show ring etiquette." 

 

"The sheer volume of information, timely and accurate, is wonderful." - Horsemen's Yankee Pedlar

   

CONTENTS: SECTION ONE: GETTING STARTED

Chapter 1: INTRODUCTI0N 

  • Where to Begin
  • Horse Shows Inside and Out

Chapter 2: SELECTING AN EVENT 

  • Showmanship and Halter Classes
  • Equitation Classes
  • English Performance Classes: English Pleasure, Park and Show, Hunter, Jumper, Dressage, Combined Training
  • Western Performance Classes: Western Pleasure, Trail, Western Riding, Reining, Cutting, Working Cow Horse
  • Other Competitions: Competitive Trail Riding, Endurance, Speed Events, Vaulting, Costume

Chapter 3: SELECTING A HORS

  • Leasing
  • Insurance
  • Horsekeeping
  • Boarding
  • Selecting a Horse
  • Buying Through a Professional
  • Steps in Buying a Horse
  • The Veterinary Examination

Chapter 4: SELECTING TACK AND ATTIRE 

  • Western Saddles
  • English Saddles
  • Fitting the Saddle to the Horse
  • Fitting the Saddle to the Rider
  • Bits, Bridles, and Other Tack
  • Tack Care
  • Attire

SECTION TWO: PREPARATION FOR SHOWING

Chapter 5: SAFETY 

  • Safety Rules
  • First Aid
  • Accidents Do Happen

Chapter 6: TRAINING THE HORSE 

  • Working With Your Trainer
  • The Horse's Lesson
  • The Circle of Muscles

Chapter 7: TRAINING THE RIDER 

Chapter 8: HORSE HEALTH AND CARE 

  • Your Veterinarian
  • Parasite Management
  • Immunizations
  • Dental Care
  • Nutrition
  • Hoof Care

Chapter 9: STRESS 

  • Types of Stress
  • Monitoring Stress
  • Preventing Stress

Chapter 10: GROOMING 

  • Tools of the Trade
  • Bathing
  • Advanced Grooming: The Wisp
  • Mane and Tail
  • Clipping

SECTION THREE: YOUR FIRST SHOW

Chapter 11: PAPERWORK 

  • Making Entry
  • Checklists

Chapter 12: TRAILERING 

  • Trailer Selection
  • Trailer Training
  • Precautions
  • On the Road

Chapter 13: AT THE SHOWGROUNDS 

  • Arrival
  • Show Personnel
    - Show Manager
    - Show Secretary
    - Show Steward
    - Judge
    - Ringmaster
    - Scribe
    - Veterinarian
    - Farrier
    - Course Designer
    - Ring Crew
    - Show Photographer
    - Announcer
    - Awards Person

Chapter 14: SHOW TIME 

  • Showgrounds Etiquette
  • Getting Ready
  • Warm-Up
  • Into the Ring
  • Winning and Losing

SECTION FOUR: APPENDIX

  • Address List
  • Breed Associations
  • Performance Organizations
  • Professional Associations
  • Fairs
  • Interstate Health Requirements
  • College and University Courses
  • Bibliography
  • Glossary
  • Index

For more information on Bits and other Tack, go to: How to Think Like a Horse  and  Making, Not Breaking.


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