Competitions, often called horse shows, are like evaluations or tests for riders. Like all competitive sport, horse shows abide by a set of rules enforced for fair play and safety. For some it’s a way to validate skills and receive feedback, and for others it’s a structured, social outing with their equine partner. Depending on the level of competition and the discipline, a competition can be a casual event, or a high-level function with multiple factors at stake.
Entering a competition is a great way to have fun with your horse while evaluating or validating your riding and horse handling skills. It can be a part of your goal-setting process.
In Alberta there are several levels of competition offered throughout most communities. Many shows are sanctioned by a governing body like AEF or Equestrian Canada, which means the show structure, officials, safety, and rules must meet or exceed a certain standard.Wild Rose Competition Program