Beginner Novice: Help me gain some confidence!

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    01-17-2011, 10:06 PM
Green Broke
Unhappy Beginner Novice: Help me gain some confidence!

Sooo this will be Sandie and my third year showing and of all the equestrian sports to get into, we chose Eventing LOL Go figure...

So anyway we started out at the Intro level just getting used to showing for the first year and ended up second overall in the series for our division! I had a lot of confidence issues then since both my mare and I were learning to jump together, but that year taught me a LOT and so the next year (which was last summer) we decided to go up a level to Very Green. Here are some of our photos from last year where we took Champion of the series in our division!

So this fall after the season had ended, I branched out and went on my very first fox hunt, and I met this awesome girl at a hunter pace who lives nearby and has a pretty neat xc course at her place, which I enjoyed thoroughly!! Here are some pics from those jumps...

We even learned banks at her place! And Ditches!!!

So anyway, we did our first BN jumper course at a schooling show shortly after these pics were taken, and while we did alright, I found myself pretty intimidated by the jumps, which were only about 2'3"-2'7". Cross country always makes me nervous and while I'm excited to move up to Beginner Novice this summer, I'm also starting to second guess myself. I've been trying to find photos of people jumping BN cross country jumps so that I can see what they look like and maybe I'll feel better???

Sooooo if you have any photos of you and your horse jumping BN in cross country, please post them, I'd love to see them and if you have any tips for a little bit of a confidence boost, I'd love that too!!!
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    01-17-2011, 10:14 PM
Green Broke
Oh BTW here's video that includes footage of the BN jumper course...if you fast forward to 6:18 that's where we started the BN course.

Basically we were both tired, I got nervous and didn't bother to do any simple changes and as a result, went into Jump 4 off balance which caused Sandie to refuse the jump. After that we had a very messy "in and out" where I managed to get royally in the way of my mare's jumping efforts and mess her up all over the place! We ended on a good note, but I was so nervous and you could tell, my shoulders were all stiff, heck my entire upper BODY was stiff!! LOL

Anyway that was the last show before the stupid snowy winter set in, so it left me feeling a little worried about doing BN this year. I'm honestly tossing around the idea of doing Starter instead (the level in between VG and BN) but the Starter course is the exact same as the VG course, just a different dressage test, which is why I wanted to go up to BN instead. But I don't know, I need some confidence boosting!!!!
    01-18-2011, 10:47 AM
Stef my dear, I have to go work. I don't want you to think I saw it and chose to not post anything. When I get home, I'll try to help you :)
    01-18-2011, 11:21 AM
Green Broke
Here are some pics of Demi doing Beginner Novice at the HARDEST BN in the area. This was our first competition together and we WON!

If I can do it on a crazy mare, you can do it!!!! You are so ready!
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    01-18-2011, 01:21 PM
Green Broke
Aww you two look amazing! Sheena and I are doing BN this year, too.
Good luck!

    01-18-2011, 01:31 PM
Green Broke
Thanks MIE and VB :)

Drew, those look INTIMIDATING ahahhhh!!! Maybe I'm not ready! :( I may need to just school some BN jumps but go Starter, I don't know... :/
    01-18-2011, 01:32 PM
Green Broke
I have a suggestion... maybe do some Starter mini trials to see how you feel. Then do a full horse trial at Starter.

Then do a mini at BN and go from there!

That was Midsouth Team Challenge, the biggest and baddest event in the area. Even competing BN for 4 years I went in and went o.O.
    01-18-2011, 01:40 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by eventerdrew    
I have a suggestion... maybe do some Starter mini trials to see how you feel. Then do a full horse trial at Starter.

Then do a mini at BN and go from there!

That was Midsouth Team Challenge, the biggest and baddest event in the area. Even competing BN for 4 years I went in and went o.O.
Yeah I may do that, although I hate to switch partway through because then you lose the pts. If you switch divisions, and won't qualify for the year end award. But I'm not going into BN with doubts, if it comes down to it I'll do the entire year at Starter and just school the BN jumps at the hunter paces and such until I feel comfortable moving us up. We'll see how it goes...I've been doing nothing but flatwork for a couple months now and haven't jumped once, so it may just be that I'm nervous because I haven't been doing it lately.

I'm paying my trainer right now to school my horse for me and she's going to get her canter nice and slow and balanced, which should really help everything esp. Her jumping efforts. If she jumps rounder and isn't FLYING towards the jumps attacking them, I may gain some more confidence from that as well ;)
    01-18-2011, 01:42 PM
Green Broke
Sandie looks much happier going over the 3rd and 4th course, then she did going over the first one. Since you did do several courses, it is fair that you would both get tired, and stop doing the easy things to make the course go smoothly, like the lead changes.

If it was me, I would do the starter level, even though it has the same size jumps as VG so that I could have a challenge with the new dressage test, but still not have to worry about the jump size so I could have another whole year of working on lead changes. (I don't event, but ride hunters, but if I did event, that is what I would do. I could move up a division in hunters this year, but am opting to stay at the same one so that I can have a better position, and be solid where I am before moving up.)

When you go through an in-and-out, you are better to just stay forward. That way you arent going foward back forward back and can stay out of the way.
    01-18-2011, 01:48 PM
Green Broke
Sorry for the double post but I will say this about your video...

Forward, forward, forward!

You need to be more forward to be able to compete at BN. Especially on XC!

This is Demi at Team Challenge. She still was not forward enough!:
ETA: Don't go for points this year. When I made the move from BN to N when I was riding my old mare, it was always with the understanding that this was the year to move up, not to be Champion.

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