Moving from unofficial to official

Discussion in 'Horse Showing and Events' started by blondeshowjumper, Oct 11, 2010.

  1. blondeshowjumper

    blondeshowjumper New Member

    Ok there has been quite a bit of talk bout this on a few threads but i didnt wanna hijack anyones elses so yeah i started my own....

    I was interested how some of you official riders found it moving from unofficial to official??
    Im currently unofficial but my goal is to get into official in the next few years or so.
    What type of results indicate that you are ready to move up?? I assumed regular champs at shows with good quality turnout and level of competition.

    I have done unofficial for a while and had some pretty good results (champs and reserves for my horse and regularly getting called in and placing in my rider classes) This year however due to yr 12 i hardly competed at all... seriously it was a struggle to find the time to ride #(

    My plan was for next year was to get my horse back into regular work, focus on unofficial hacking comps plus ridden breed etc. (I used to do a bit of everything on her) Get loads more lessons, tag along with friends to help them at thier official comps, focus on improving my presentation skills (makeup etc) and generally get a lot more experience.
    How does this sound to get me ready for Official?

    Im not going to move up to offical on my little mare I have atm... although she is nice, sound and moves fine. Shes doesnt have the 'quality' as the official horses out there. She is also 15 next year.... so getting on a bit.

    Im planning on improving myself with her over the next two or so years and at the same time save up to buy myself my first offical horse. I know they arent cheap so have started putting a bit away each week now.

    Also what type of horse have people found the best to move up to official on?? Would it be best to buy a older school master who may not win at Royal level anymore but is a very reliable horse and will always have consistant workouts etc or something a bit younger?? (I guess it depends on how much your willing to pay lol)

    Here are some pics of my current galloway Tanilba Nikkilet from last year. She is a Arab X, 14.1 3/4hh, 14 yr old mare.






    Any criticism is welcome, however just note these photos are about a year old. But I would still love comments/criticism (either negative or postive) on my position, horse and how she appears to be working :)* Personally I rekon I tend to lean forward a bit sometimes... but yeah and my hands could do with a bit of improvement etc etc

    Any imput is welcome
    Thanks guys
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2010
  2. tammyprez

    tammyprez Well-known Member

    Well i think she is quite cute! I dont like gaitors a lot my self, just prefer joddie boots.

    I have just recently bought George - a school master with official hacking background and so i just renewed his EWA and SHC papers and took him to Waroona and did really well for our first Hack show!

    I plan on going Official next year but i'm taking it slowly and have been going to things like the Royal and other shows with some Off. hacky friends to get tips! I find Ag shows are the best to get the real feel of the big side of things:))
  3. OBHH

    OBHH Well-known Member

    Please take this as advice and not criticism. You need to update alot of your show gear if you plan to go official.
    A dressage/show saddle of leather quality, not an all purpose synthetic.
    Lose the fluffy numnah and go for a smaller fitted one or half numnah of sheepskin.
    False tail is needed in your mare, her tail also needs to be shorter.
    Your hunter jacket is a better fit than the blue one. The jacket trends at the moment are of shorter length and cosy fit.
    Learn to make up your horses face and legs and add some patterns like sharks teeth, quarter marks etc.
    If you are still a junior then you are better off in joddy boots not gaitors.

    Make sure you watch people or ask questions , thats the only way you learn.Goodluck...... and remember to have fun.
  4. Nanna

    Nanna Well-known Member

    Good advise from OBHH

    The best advise my girls were given years ago is

    watch...copy....and ask

    Well done you are on your way :D
  5. blondeshowjumper

    blondeshowjumper New Member

    Ok yep thankyou :)* This is the kind of advice I'm after
    Once your 18 is acceptable to wear gaitors isnt it (i will be next year.. so just checking)
    Keep it coming guys I really appreciate it
  6. Merlin

    Merlin Well-known Member

    Save up for a Charles Owen Helmet they look much nicer :)

    Drop your stirrups they are too short and as OBHH said about your saddle ;)

    Lessons and more lessons from an offical hackie whom is at the top of their game ;)
  7. chanel

    chanel Well-known Member

    -charls owen helmet or a jodz one, they both pretty much look the same.
    - white girth.
    - you dont have to but you could pull or shave your horses tail, not every one does it but it looks so much nicer than a bad plait.
  8. blondeshowjumper

    blondeshowjumper New Member

    Yep im writing this all down guys.... lol :D
    How much are the Charles Owen helmets, i love them. Just never been brave enough to look at the price tag hehehe.

    Ok so stirrups have come down since last year.... i should probably put some updated photos up. But yes i did have a very unstable lower leg then. Thankyou tho.

    So do u actually get coaches that specialise in hacking? Ive never seen any advertised... would love it if you could PM me with some recommendations.
  9. blondeshowjumper

    blondeshowjumper New Member

    And another question Ive been meaning to ask... are you allowed to ride in the Official hack ring at Ag shows if you are a unofficial rider, will it affect your status (eg with the new rules)
    Some people say you can and other say you cant... ive never been brave enough to try it coz i dont wanna have to move up just yet..:confused:
  10. Elanda

    Elanda Gold Member

    As I understand it...

    Ag shows are usually "all in together" unless otherwise stated, and if so it won't affect whether you are Off or Unoff..ALSO
    I believe that their is/or will be in the near future no rules from the EWA governing Unofficial. So I take this to mean it will be up to each show to decide how they want to run their show (see Riverside Show thread, for what is, IMO a great alternative) :)*
  11. blondeshowjumper

    blondeshowjumper New Member

    Ok so if it states 'Official' then its is really official..... but if it just says 'hacking' or 'showhorse' its all in together??? Thats kinda what I thought, but didnt realy know, please correct me if im wrong
  12. Elanda

    Elanda Gold Member

    usually...but if it is unclear best to ask the show concerned on their rules and regs:)*
  13. Cav

    Cav Gold Member

    In other words, as nice as you look for unofficial, unless you have thousands of dollars to spend on a new saddle, bridle, numnah, breastplate, riding attire, $300 for a charles owen, false tail, makeup, etc etc oh and the new horse....then I would be sticking to unofficial and enjoy it :)*

    Oh and I forgot to mention the registrations for SHC & EWA (which are a few more hundred dollars per year)
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2010
  14. blondeshowjumper

    blondeshowjumper New Member

    Lol yeah Cav I do realize this :D
    Thats the reason for this thread... i just wanted to get a feel for what it would like to move up to official and all the preparation i would have to do to get there. All the info everyone has given already has been awsome!! :)*
    I am being realistic about this goal (financially, ability wise and experience wise)... i know it wont happen overnite, it probably wont even happen for a few years!! Lol
    Im willing to sit on the sidelines and LEARN and LEARN and LEARN some before i even think of moving up.

    I really appreciate how honest everyone is being about this, the one thing i didnt want was lots of comments telling me to enjoy the journey blah blah blah... even tho those comments are still appreciated lol.

    Keep the tips coming guys... I am really appreciating it and learning lots.
  15. Cav

    Cav Gold Member

    Perhaps if you are interested and that keen to learn learn learn....go along to a few big hack days :) actually...HOTY is on in a couple of there would be an eye opener :) your welcome to come hang out with us!**)
  16. blondeshowjumper

    blondeshowjumper New Member

    I do have another question... sorry everyone about asking lots of stupid questions :eek:

    As my mare has quite a thin tail it would be best to add a falsie right?? But i have also had people saying that i should pull her tail... I know this is the 'in' thing right now but would i be judged better presentation wise if added a falsie or if i pulled??
  17. blondeshowjumper

    blondeshowjumper New Member

    That would be really good :)*
    Im hoping to do so... maybe not the HOTY coming up but some other ones. I will be getting my license in a few months so it will be a lot easer to just come to a show and watch (mums not so keen on carting me all around the country side just to watch... lol)

    So if anyone in the SW ever needs a helper.... or someone to chill with at a show. Let me know :)* (not advertising i hope)
  18. Excelsior Centerpiece

    Excelsior Centerpiece Well-known Member

    i like your horse, its very cute and could do well at some hunter days...its a cute chunky monkey :) and a nice coat in some of those pics! better than my horses right now!

    1. yes new saddle, no ap!!- i have one for sale if you are looking ;) HAHAHA im funny!
    2. get rid of the windsor jacket- your hunter jacket is nice, get rid of that stock and go in and plan ur outfit all at once. i would stick with hunter outfit tho as thats what ur horse seems to be...
    3. change ur style numnah
    4. jodz helemts nice- i use em..cant be bothered on $500 helmets
    5. flase tail
    6. lessons :) cos everyone always needs lessons!
  19. Cav

    Cav Gold Member

    We shave/clip our tails and put falsie in. Pulling take ages and hurts and really only applies if you want to do turnout.
  20. blondeshowjumper

    blondeshowjumper New Member

    Oh and atm Nikki is more resembling a hippo then a chunky monkey.... :eek:
    And thankyou, her coat is really nice. Im quite proud of it.

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