How to Memorize a Show Pattern

As a judge, I hate to be the “off course” whistle-blower. As a competitor, I hate to hear it. Because I was the “off course queen” as a young rider, I know well that lost-in-the-jungle feeling when you don’t know where to go after an obstacle. I want to spare others the red face (and wasted entry fees) I experienced, and share some pattern memorization tips I found helpful. Everyone memorizes material in a different way: Visual learners grasp concepts through diagrams and demonstrations. Using colours and shapes will imprint a picture of the material in the mind’s eye. Auditory learners understand by listening and repeating the information back. They respond to descriptions, changes in tone, rhythms and rhymes. Kinesthetic learners assimilate through movement and experience; i.e. learning by doing. Knowing your learning style is helpful. Try a few memorization exercises in each of these categories and see what works best.…

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