Lucky Star Equine is Very Proud of our Horse Show Team, currently, 18 riders strong, ages 8 through adult! In addition to weekly riding lessons, the show team practices together on a regular basis. Team practices are geared towards focusing on the horsemanship, patterns, techniques and show strategy that the riders will be challenged with in the show ring. Riders ages 8 and older, beginners to the more seasoned competitor, English and Western riders; come together as a team to support each other and learn in a positive and fun setting.
We compete at shows throughout northern Colorado, year round. Horse shows provide an affordable and local outlet for our riders to take their riding to the next level. Show classes include trail, reining, horsemanship, showmanship, halter, pleasure, ranch pleasure, stock horse and English disciplines. There is something for every rider!
Show Team provides more than just showing! Riders get a hands on experience of horse care and show preparation. The day before each show, the team practice is focused on the specific skills that they will be performing at the show the next day. The practice is then followed by “show prep”. Show prep is the time during which they learn about the extensive amount of work involved in preparing a horse for show entails. Bathing, clipping, stall cleaning, tack cleaning, stocking the horse trailer, and feeding. Most of the riders meet us at the barn in the early morning on show day and help trailer load the horses and return to the barn after a long show day to help us unload and put everything away. Showtime really is a team effort. Parents always mention, “I wish they cleaned their room as good as they clean the stall and the horse!” The early morning wake up call comes easy when it’s horse show morning!
The friendships created at show team are strong! The support and encouragement the girls give each other has grown into friendships that exist at the barn and offsite. To quote the girls, “Show team has helped me to not only better my horsemanship, but to make new friends that will support you no matter what”.
When we asked the girls, what do you like about showing? The quote that seems to sum up what we had hoped the team would encourage is this….”In showing, you don’t try to beat everyone else, you try to beat yourself and become a better rider than you were yesterday. Showing is not about the ribbons you win but about the bond you build with your horse and the progress you make show after show.”
Lucky Star Equine Management & Training, LLC
(970) 310-1821 or (970) 402-1217