Originally Posted by tlkng1
I would say it all depends on if you trust your trainer. Look at your TL-1 scores. In general, with any trainer I have had, consistent scores at 65+ generally indicate a need or positive growth to move up. You aren't increasing levels; just riding slightly more difficult tests. Increasing a level would be going from Intro to all TL, or TL to First level etc.
I do not know of any distinction as a "starter" dressage area in a recognized show so am guessing that is a regional/local area designation for schooling shows? What is the difference between "starter" and regular? The tests and scoring shouldn't be any different. Intro C and TL-1 is just that and a common combination for people to show with just as those working their way up to First level may show TL-3 and First Level Test 1.
I am confused as to why, again thinking regional/area here, why anyone would say that if you are showing TL-2 and 3 why you wouldn't be allowed to also show TL-1? It is ALL training level.
I do trust my trainer, I just don't know if my scores are good enough to move up.
I guess starter rider is a local designation, I show ESDCTA, and they have starter, open and adult amateur, starter is for riders who have never shown above training 1( http://www.esdcta.org/Rules/Year%20e...5D.pdf2012.pdf
), so once I show training 2, then I would have to be considered open or adult amateur