I've decided I wanna see how the other half live and do some AERC. Especially after I was told today that CTR-ers are "like the Canadians of distance riding."
Kitty has done endurance in the past. She did five 50 mile rides and one LD throughout 2011, and she did two 50s in March of 2012. One latter of which she was pulled for lameness.
(I have records.)
Endurance Rides Online - AERC Horse History
(Search "Catalina Comet")
I started leasing her March of 2013. She probably wasn't ridden extensively between her last competitive ride and when I began to lease her. Her owner found another horse to compete, and I know how that goes.
So she started getting ridden lightly but regularly March 2013. As of this summer, four times a week. Three of those rides being walks (an hour or two), and one of those rides being mostly trotting with some cantering.
With CTR season starting back in September, I have rides every other weekend until November. So let's be realistic: I can probably ride Kitty three days a week. Maybe four, if I can pony my CTR horse along with us.
I'd like to do Kitty and I's first AERC ride in the spring of 2014. I'd also like for it to be a 50. Because I don't want to travel to who-knows-where to just do 25 miles. Gotta get your money's worth! :P
So. If I make my three days a week of conditioning count, would it be realistic to shoot for an easy 50 in the spring of 2014?
I'm not sure whether to consider her 2011/2012 competitions as anything towards her current condition. Am I starting from scratch here?
As far as being competitive goes... I don't care for the first couple rides. Or even the first year. But I EVENTUALLY wanna finish at least upper middle of the pack. Realistic, given enough time?
And yes. I know you wanna see pictures at least a little bit.
PS: How to the weight divisions work? CTR only has two divisions. You guys have several, I think?