Originally Posted by phantomhorse13
how does distance competition work over there (i am guessing the plymouth you say is your location is plymouth, england)?
Do you guys have to start in the lesser distances and pass some sort of requirements to move up? I have heard some bits and pieces of how things work over there, but never anything direct from the source. Would to know the process!
We've started at novice level (my first season) although joe is qualified at advanced level. In novice level you can't do more than 30miles (50ish km) and have to do at least 3 before you can upgrade to open level. I think they take your horses gradings into account to. Ie: if he's not coping to well with the shorter distances, you can't upgrade.
We have to pass a vetting before and after each ride and there are vettings at mid points for the greater distances too. Half way for 40miles etc etc.
20miles is not a challenge for him, and he is probably capable of 40miles at his current fitness... it's just difficult to tell if he's happy doing it after seeing these pictures.