Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
Lookit - Eventing is not something to take lightly. This is a dangerous sport, for both horse and rider and having an educated and experienced coach is a big step forward to being safe, prepared, knowledgable, and ready for those challenging rides.
I personally, would never train under someone who does mini events - those are nothing, I repeat - nothing compared to a Recognized USEA Event.
Don't get me wrong, we all have to start somewhere, but to put it bluntly, someone who only dabbles in very low levels of eventing, has no business training anyone in the sport.
You want to be under someone who is much further up the levels than you, someone who has been competing in this world for many years, who has obtained many hours of experience on all varieties of CC fences - who can guide you, help you, encourage you and train you thoroughly.
Also, when you show up at a recognized Event - regardless if you are doing Novice or Prelim - you are up against competators who take this sport very seriously, who are mentally and physically prepared and who have been doing this for quite some time.
Again, don't take me the wrong way - riders have to start somewhere and the mini events are great avenues for greenies to venture into to get a somewhat taste of what Eventing is. Absolutely nothing wrong with that, I highly encourage it and support it - but for someone who wants to climb the levels educatedly, safely, with full preperation - must do it under someone who is far and above their riding level in that particular sport.
1) This is your education
2) This is your time, your effort, your needs
3) Your horse, your money
Do not underestimate this sport. You will be thankful in the long run knowing you have the right, educated, experienced coach to help you, to guide you, to have under your wing.