Question: Dear Claire, I have a rising 4YO Trakehner gelding whom I expect to make 16hh/16.1hh, once he is of age, I would love to do some ridden showing. I am aware of the height restrictions on hack and riding horse classes so I am after advice as to which classes I may be able to produce for? Many thanks, Thea Answer from Claire Oliver: Dear Thea The hack restriction is ... [Continue Reading]
After a successful career eventing, Claire is now very much enjoying a career showing. Claire and Robert Oliver produce many winning show hunters, cobs, riding horses, hacks and ponies for their clients from their yard in Upleadon, Gloucestershire.
In 2001 she had her first win at HOYS on the lovely middleweight show hunter Enagmatic, who, after winning his class, went on to be Reserve Show Hunter Champion.
In 2003 the middleweight show hunter Sunday Best owned by Osborne Refridgerators gave Claire her first Hunter Championship at both the Royal International at Hickstead and the Bath and West Agricultural Show.
In 2008 a wonderful partnership with another middleweight ‘Masterful’ owned by Jethro, led to winning the Hunter Championship at the Royal International, the Supreme Horse title at the Royal of England and the Supreme Horse at the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Show, winning the prestigious Queens Cup.
Another Man, the former race horse owned locally by Roger and Sarah Hartland was another star! Campaigning the very popular Race Horse to Show Horse classes, winning Windsor Horse Show 3 years in a row and at HOYS winning in 2008 and also second twice.
Claire Oliver is on Facebook. See her page at: https://www.facebook.com/claire.oliver.92351?ref=ts&fref=ts
To ask Claire a question, click here
Question: Hi Claire, I have recently bought a new horse and wish to start showing with her. She has been beautifully produced and although she is only 6 years old, she has been to the big shows in England, and done well [always in the ribbons] I haven't partaken in much showing at all, apart from the annual local show, and that was with my hairy cob. My new mare is a black tobiano 15hh ... [Continue Reading]
Question to Claire Oliver: Hello I have a 4 year old Welsh section D cob who I am schooling at the moment and have been to 4 shows with him. I am hoping to continue showing but would like to try a Pelham on him but not sure which one to try, can you help me please? I don’t want to put something to harsh in his mouth because he’s only been ridden and schooled in a snaffle. Thank ... [Continue Reading]
Question: Hi Claire, I hope you can help, I have been out of the showing circuit for many years now however, I have bought two very different but lovely horses & would like to get back in to it, my only problem is I have forgotten what to wear & what my horse should wear…. The first horse is a 15.3 dapple grey KWPN. I would like to do ridden classes on him & working hunter. What ... [Continue Reading]
Question: Hi I have a cob cross foal that I want to show in yearling classes next year. He is not going to be heavy. He will make around 15.2hh and long legged. Therefore do I show him as a lightweight cob (he currently has quite a bit of feather) or show him more as a hunter type? I know I plait but wondered how much facial hair and feather I needed to trim off or do I leave the ... [Continue Reading]
Question: Hello, I’m going to be showing my welsh section D yearling gelding in a couple of weeks, and have decided to try out the “ridden pony/working hunter youngstock” class.. I was wondering if his mane needs to be plaited? I’ve plaited him up a couple of times for practice, but as he has a long welshie mane,this makes it quite difficult. (And don’t want to pull as not sure how short it can ... [Continue Reading]
Question: Hi, I have a stunning Donnerhall Oldenburg who is 15 this year so aiming for the Olympia veteran classes. He is very dark brown/ black so what colour tack should he go in? He is fine in a double , would a raised nose and and coloured browband be best? Thanks, Sue Answer from Claire: “Dear Sue I would definitely show him in a double, and a plain leather noseband and ... [Continue Reading]
Question: Hi Clare, I was wondering if I could have some advice. I’m going to start showing my skewbald 8 month old filly this show season and was just wondering what classes I could do with her and does she need trimming and plaiting? I was going to start at local level then progress on up. Look forward to hearing back, many thanks, Ryan Answer from Claire: Hello Ryan You could ... [Continue Reading]
Question: Hi Claire, I would be grateful for some advice. I have a TB Ex racehorse that I would like to show at local, then county and possibly the SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse class. I am planning on wearing brown tweed, beige coloured browband and brown tack with pelham. Also, what quarter markers are correct for riding horse? Any other advice very welcome! Answer from ... [Continue Reading]
Question: Hi Claire, I was just hoping for a bit of advice on my ISH as I have recently started showing her with the hope that eventually we can do working hunter. She has a fantastic bold jump and can go to about 1.10 confidently at the moment. She is 7 however was broken late and had done nothing when I got her as a 4 1/2 year old! What classes would you recommend we start with and ... [Continue Reading]
Question: I would like some advice about my 3 year old British Warmblood filly, she is a British Warmblood from Hannovarian and Westfalian bloodlines. I have taken her to stud book shows and to the BEF Futurities. To show her i used a flash bridle with a pearl and diamond browband and i wore white jeans and my British Young Breeders top. I want to get her out and about at busier shows so I ... [Continue Reading]
Question: Hi I have just bought a registered Welsh Sec D 2 year old filly and plan to do some in hand showing this summer. What should she be wearing? What should I wear? Should the filly be trimmed in any way or just left natural? Thanks, Anna Answer from Claire Oliver: You should be wearing smart trousers, collar and tie and a tweed hacking jacket and either a hunting cap or a tweed ... [Continue Reading]
Question: Hi Claire, I show my horse locally in Family Horse, Riding Club Horse and Working Hunter classes. I would like to enter her in a class at a bigger show. From the photo I have included, can you tell me if you feel she would be suitable for a Small Ridden Hunter class, if not, are there any classes you can suggest that may suit her? Should I apply quarter markers to hunters, or ... [Continue Reading]
Question: “I have a KWPN x Cob coloured, rising 2 filly. She’s currently standing at about 14.2 at the withers. I’d like to do some in-hand showing with her at local level this summer just for some experience. I’m not sure what type she is and how to turn her and myself out though? I’ve attached a recent picture of her so you can see what she’s like” Answer from Claire: “This pony seems a ... [Continue Reading]
Question: Dear Claire, This is my rising 6 year old Irish Sports Horse gelding, he is 16hh. I would like to start showing him this year, what class would you recommend for him for his build? We seem to have Riding Horse or Ridden Hunter classes around my location but not so much lightweight Hunter, so would like your advise on what class would suit his build best. Also is a shirt and tie ... [Continue Reading]
Question: I have a 16.2 6 yr Irish middleweight coloured gelding. He is built to do most things, but as regards to showing, I don’t know what classes to aim him at; he has a very soft mouth and I don’t want to over bit him too quickly. He’s in a happy mouth straight bar . So what class, what tack and what do I wear? Also would you recommend chaps? See photos below (click to ... [Continue Reading]
Question: Hi Claire, I wondered if I could call upon your advice as I’m getting conflicting messages from friends! I’m hoping to embark on my first attempt at showing and have entered a ridden hunter class with a riding judge listed. To clarify does that mean I will not be expected to perform an individual show as the riding judge will do that, but will go round with the rest of the competitors ... [Continue Reading]
Question: Hi, I was just wondering what show gear I should wear I’m going to be showing a white Irish draught and a skewbald registered sports horse but I’m not 100% sure what to wear for riding or in hand Answer from Claire: Dear Rebeka To show your horse in hand a collar and tie, hacking jacket , brown gloves, leather or wooden cane, a riding cap and hair in a hair net neatly tied back. ... [Continue Reading]
Question: Hi, I've owned my 8yr old IDx gelding for just over 2 years now and I'd really like to know more about showing and what class/classes you think we should look to do. I've no experience in this area but really would like to give it ago. Any help/suggestions as to what is expected in showing of each class and of horse and rider would be very helpful. Many ... [Continue Reading]
Question: “I’d love some advice on in-hand and (in-time) ridden showing classes with my registered welsh section a, Sid (Pentymel Celyn). He is a cracking looking little pony (in my opinion) he has one sque-wiff back foot though- if his hind feet were hands on a clock they would read 11 oclock (hope that makes sense?). Realise at local show level this may not be picked up but would this mean he ... [Continue Reading]
“Can you give me tips on showing my cob in ridden classes. It’s completely new to me and so is the horse. I don’t know what I should wear, nor what he should wear!” Answer from Claire: “In cob classes the cob should be shown in either a double bridle or Pelham. The bridle should be heavyweight leather and a thick noseband. A well fitted saddle is needed, if possible not sat too far ... [Continue Reading]
Question: Hi Claire, I have been lucky enough to qualify for a National finals on my AQH in the Foreign breeds class and the Palomino / dun/ roans and spotted class. The judge at the qualifying show mentioned he would be better shown in a Pelham or double bridle, which is fine, but now I am wondering, since he does not fit into a ‘regular’ categories, for his face, would he better with a raised ... [Continue Reading]