- Don't change your routine in the fortnight before the competition (ideally this should be month, but hey). This includes the day before and the day of the competition. It also includes when you are actually on the horse in front of the judge.
- You should only consider
changing bits of your routine when they have played the wrong music for
you (but see 'Part Two', points 2 and 3). Or, you know,
you could just do your original thing with all the planned artistic
moves and leave the judge to try and figure out why you're wearing green
face paint and a witch costume for Pachelbel's Canon (true story: this
actually happened to one of our girls at the English Champs).
is a team event, even when you're competing as an individual. Remember
your lunger and be sure to let them know how valuable they are!
For propping up purposes too!
- Vaulting is a fun, happy and collaborative sport, including between competitors from rival clubs. Keep that in mind and be friendly and supportive to everyone. If they don't return the respect or if they mistreat a horse then you can, of course, hex them.
- Even if you're sharing a
horse with lots of other people, remember to help with keeping them
happy and comfortable. Take a grooming kit and horse treats, and help to
loosen the girth or walk the horse round slowly.
- Judges like to be acknowledged. Obviously they're terrifying people who you hope you'd never meet down a dark alleyway, but try and give them a smile which doesn't just look as if you're baring your teeth in the face of sure and certain death.
- Point your toes, keep your head high, feel the music, be strong, show off and enjoy the moment. It's not like doing a long dressage test - you only have a minute to show what you can do so make it absolutely top quality throughout!
- 'What am I doing? What was I thinking? What have I let myself in for?' - ask these things the day before the event (or earlier) so that you don't have to worry about them on the day.
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