Answers are like this!
Are XC colors necessary? (Not saying I don’t want them, but just out of curiosity are you required to have your own colors? Are you required to register those colors at events?)
No, they arn't nescessary, but they are nice to have. Mine are Royal Blue and Black. They look good on any horse, and it's nice to know what is mine. It also looks put together to me.
Are Tipperarys proper vests for XC?
I have one, use it, and have fallen in it. It did it's job ok, but I'm getting a Rohdney Powell eventually! Lol! I really like the feel of my Tipp though. But I would lean towards getting a better vest for the first time.
And Drew, I heard from a high level rider that the USEA might change the rule and only allow certified vests in the future. Don't know how much truth this holds, but I found it quite interesting.
Are field boots necessary for XC? Or can I wear paddock boots and half chaps? Are just paddock boots okay?
I LOVELOVELOVE my Feild Boots! They are SO much better than riding in chaps! I would definitely invest in a pair! Ariats are AMAZING and last for a long time!
Do you use boots on your horse? What sort? (The therapy horses I work with never have any need for boots- we do mostly dressage, trail riding, and occasionally school some low jumps so the world of boots is foreign to me- I’ve discovered there’s a dizzying amount of different sorts of boots on the market…) What sort of boots do most eventing horses wear?
NEVER jump without boots on Geof. He wears Woof Wear brushing boots(with electeral or duct tape around them when we are going XC) for XC, schooling XC, or riding out in the feild at home, and we recently got open fronts for Stadium. NEVER go out on XC with open fronts. They do you no help there. You never know when your horse is going to get goofy on you, so why not protect their legs? Geof also has Bell Boots on 24/7. Our farrier is hard to get out to replace a shoe, so I don't like losing them!
Are you allowed to have a color coordinated browband? (I’m not talking anything excessively *blingy* like a diamante browband, I’m thinking more along the lines of a browband wrapped in ribbon to match our colors)
YUP! And I think it is VERY cute! I would stick to matching bridle and saddle in dressage, and then go with the colors out on the XC. And maybe in the Stadium.
Is the A,B,C,D format still in use? (I can’t find a source that’s clear on this matter) What’s that like compared to events which are “just” cross country? What are the individual phases like?
Rarely, at some three day events.(like the one in CA.) Otherwise, it is regular 2 day format. Dressage and Stadium on Sat. And XC on Sun.
Do I wear a vest during the stadium phase?
You can. Most people don't, but it won't be looked down upon!
I know Prelim and CCI* are equivalents to each other, but is there a difference between events advertised as “Preliminary” and FEI sanctioned “CCI*” events? Once I’m qualified to compete Prelim, am I automatically qualified to compete CCI*?
They are in a demetion all their own to me! Lol!
(Stupid Question Alert!) Does eventing go all year round? I mean, obviously in the winter (I’m in Illinois, in the suburbs of Chicago, so we have a pretty substantial winter) you can go south but what I’m really asking is does eventing go all seasons? Is there winter eventing? (That just sounds dangerous...)
For my team, we do a bunch of events in the spring, a couple over the summer, a bunch(and championships) in the fall, and then clinic and train with alot of different people in the winter. We also go down to FL for 2 weeks and compeate and train down there.
How many times per year do most people event? What’s the average most (fit and sound) horses can handle without putting excess strain on them? (I don’t plan on doing an intense amount of eventing because I have plenty of other things I want us to try, but I am curious.)
We do 2-3 in FL over the 2 weeks in winter, at least 6 in the span of March-May. A couple over summer(depends on what happens during YR week, if we go to YR camp, and this year, if the WEG kicks us out of Champagne Run......... I really hope not!) and then a good 6+ again in the fall. We also school a couple times here and there, and clinic when one comes up.
What are the entry fees and other fees like? How much could one expect to pay in fees alone for a given event?
Usually, the entry fee is around $200, then you have to pay all the misc crap and depsoites, then stabling, then gas and food, then you pay for food, so it comes out to a good ammount.
What is the difference between “Trials” and “Events”?
I've always learned, a Trial is the 2- day format you will do until training level(if you do a ABCD event) or Intermediate, then you do an actual event which is over the 3 days.
Are you a member of the USEA, USEF, USDF, USHJA, or FEI? (wow that’s a lot of acronyms in one sentence!) All of them? Just one? Which ones are required for most events? Which ones do you recommend joining?
I am joining the USEA this year, my whole team is members. Until I hit Pre-limb and up, I won't register with the USEF. My horse is registered with the USEA already though.
What levels of dressage coincide with the levels of eventing?
What are the real differences between levels? How much of a difference is there on the strain of the horse? Is there a big leap between each or is it a pretty smooth transition?
Beginner Novice is simple, but still challenges the horse and rider.
Novice really starts the questions and then it just escalades from there. Drew did a great job describing it already!
Whats the real difference between CIC and CCI? Is CIC* the equavilent of prelim like CCI* is?
Drew did a good job at this already...
At what level in eventing would I need dress boots instead of field boots for dressage?
SaddleTite- do you use it? Does it ruin the seat of your saddle?
NOPE! I like knowing that my seat is keeping me there, not glue! Lol! People from my barn use it, and love it, so it could go either way!
And about schooling XC. You go with your trainer, and school differnt jumps on the course. I have schooled everyting from starting at a Green as Grass plank jump, to schooling a Novice water complex and a training level mound, so it is always good to have your trainer there!
Eventing really is the best horse sport out there to me! My trainer is my trainer, and then a friend. She is ALWAYS ther for me, horse related or not. My team is probably one of the most supportive groups of people I have ever been with. We always help eachother, no matter what. We are best friends, and when one of us is down, we are all down. We share things when the need arises, and we look out for eachother. Eventing also requires the rider to have a VERY strong bond with their horse. Geof is always going to take care of me, and I trust him with my life and he trusts his with me everytime we gallop out of that start box. I love eventing and will never look back!
Jumping a horse = Getting wings!
Why live on the edge when you can jump off?- Greenwood Horse Trials Tee-Shirt
Last edited by StormyBlues; 01-10-2010 at 04:30 PM.