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post #1 of 12 Old 07-11-2014, 09:18 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy *dumb Question alert* Can you be a specialist in a event?

So many people don’t know but I was a gymnast for about 15 years of my life and I got a ACL/knee injury and I had to retired. Well in gymnastics there are 4 event(floor, beam, bars, and vault.) some gymnasts specialize in one event (ex. Alicia Sacramonetowards the end of her career she only did vault and floor) I was wondering if I can do only eventing or do I have to do dressage, show jumping and eventing? I would just like to do eventing and maybe show jumping.
Also how many people can be on the US eventing team to go to the Olympics I know that in show jumping its only 4 and 1 alternate?

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Eventing is the entire event: dressage, cross country, and stadium jumping. If you participate in an event, you have to do all three events to score. There are shows that are not combined events, where you can just go and participate in one type of activity (ie a separate jumping show, or a dressage show as opposed to an event). You could choose to only do those types of shows and only go to the ones you are interested in going to. I have never heard of an actual event that only included two legs of the event or allowed riders to participate or not participate in disciplines without being eliminated. I suppose it is possible that they exist, but not in my local area.
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kiltsrhott did a great job of explaining it. Three day eventing is the name of a competition that includes dressage, cross-country, and stadium jumping. If you wish to participate in an event, you need to complete all 3 phases in order to score, and place.

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I personally "specialize" in Show Jumping. I don't like Eventing personally, for Cross Country doesn't suit me. There are shows that an above poster explained further. If you like to and you could afford it, you could always continue to Event, and also do Jumpers on the side.

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Someone that knows about Eventing more than me can explain the rules, but I do know there is something called a Combined Test. It is two out of the three tests of Eventing, usually Dressage and Show Jumping.
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Yes, if you don't want to do a full event you can go to a Combined Test. It is dressage and stadium jumping on the same day.

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Yes, if you don't want to do a full event you can go to a Combined Test. It is dressage and stadium jumping on the same day.
Very cool! I must do some digging and see if I can find some of those to attend in my area. I'm new to the eventing world and cross country still kinda scares me. It would be neat to be able to just do dressage and show jumping until I build up some confidence with the cross country.

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I don't think you can do "just cross-country" shows anywhere that I know of. However, hunter paces are on a cross country course, at least in my area. From what I understand, you have to ride a certain course given, and the judge picks a time that he or she thinks it should take to finish the course. The person closest to that time wins. Someone correct me if I am wrong.

Foxhunting might be something else to try, though that is not competitive, really. Otherwise, there are shows that are hunter/jumper where you could do the jumper events.

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You can do dressage shows and go to jumping shows separately. The only thing close to XC would be like a hunter paces. But none of these things would still be considered eventing, instead they are just that particular discipline.

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Yes, if you don't want to do a full event you can go to a Combined Test. It is dressage and stadium jumping on the same day.
Yes, combined tests only require two phases of the competition. BUT, some combined tests do dressage and XC instead of using the showjumping phase. It all depends on what the location has available to use.

Other than that, eventing is an equestrian "triathlon".
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