I work with my trainer to determine when my horse is ready to start showing at the next level up.
Since we're working one level above what we're showing, then I have a good idea of when the horse and I are ready to start showing the next level. When we're able to do all the movements of the next level pretty well and with good energy (and relaxation), then its time to seriously consider moving up.
Personally, I feel that if you can do Intro B or C then you can do training level. But it depends on your specific situation.. A more timid person may find Intro a big confidence booster. Or if the horse has issues with shows, then Intro is a good choice. If you're a more confident rider with a horse that doesn't mind shows, then I would seriously start working to compete at Training level in the spring. I don't think there's a lot of benefit to staying at Intro for very long. However, again, its completely situation dependent. Your trainer is probably the best person to help you with this question.
You also have to take into consideration why you show. If scores and winning are important to you (not a bad thing), then waiting to move up will allow you to earn higher scores. If you're just showing for the feedback, then moving up even if your not quite solid at everything isn't a big deal. You'll get a lower score, but the comments and scores can help ferret out issues you weren't aware of. So again, it depends on how you view showing and what your goals are.
What would you like to accomplish by showing? Do you have specific awards you want to earn, or scores you want to achieve? Or timelines of accomplishments you're thinking about?
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