First, we’re glad to have you and this lifestyle is full of great people who are willing to help.
Don’t be shy, dive right in! The more you get involved, the quicker you’ll get adapted and learn.
Ask questions. The information you find can sometimes be overwhelming, so be prepared to take notes. If you don’t get an answer from one person, ask the next!
Start with solid, been there-done-that kind of horses.
Find a coach or lessons ASAP. Even if you feel like you know what you’re doing, you’re children will listen better to someone else.
Stay open to advice and constructive criticism. When people offer it, it’s because they care enough to want to see you succeed. Smile, processes it, say thank you and then choose what to do with it.
How you navigate this is setting an example for your circle. Jumping in to this scene can be uncomfortable, but by jumping in, staying hooked and making it happen in all ways, you are setting a strong example.
Always appreciate the personnel and people who help. The gate helpers, sorters, pick up men, bull fighters, secretaries, times, sponsors, judges, etc. Anyone you see contributing, teach your children to appreciate them.
No matter if you’re just getting started or you’ve been in it for a while, keep it fun. Make sure everyone knows that you are your own competition and we’re striving for little victories each run that lead to the big victories in God’s timing.
You’re going to have to go to the school of hard knocks a little. People will help, but there’s no cookie cutter approach.
It’s not a money contest, even though it may look like it from the outside looking in. Do what you can with what you have. “It’s not what you pull up in or with, it’s what you take home with you.”