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post #11 of 17 Old 08-02-2013, 06:24 PM
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Go for it!
Eventing rocks!
Find a good instructor, most important.
Some instructors are used to a 'higher faster, higher faster' kind of show rider which is awesome. Good for them! However, in my experience, adult riders that are new to eventing really want a slow and safe approach with common sense instruction that's difficult enough to challenge but very logical and in sequence.

I have a GREAT time with my adult riders playing at schooling shows and small events. It's fun for them and they learn a lot without the expense and stress of a rated show. My very competitive riders do big shows, but generally my adult riders are content to play at schooling shows.
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post #12 of 17 Old 08-03-2013, 06:52 AM Thread Starter
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However, in my experience, adult riders that are new to eventing really want a slow and safe approach with common sense instruction that's difficult enough to challenge but very logical and in sequence.
This is EXACTLY what I need! LOL

Albertaeventer...great post! Thank you! You're right, there are scads of trainers in NJ (I've been doing a bit of research...well...maybe more than a bit ).

I think what I might also do is look around for a local event and go and walk around observing the riders, the coaches etc. to see what I can learn about the various barns in the area. If it's not too late in the season. I don't know anyone who participates in this sport so that will another be a way to learn more.

Really appreciate all the encouraging responses everyone! Getting more excited and nervous...but in a good way.

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post #13 of 17 Old 08-03-2013, 08:04 AM
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Go for it! Never too late to try something new! I've had eventing bouncing around in my head too but finding time is about impossible for me. :( Missy & I do have our own 'xc course' of sorts back in our woods, we jump all of the downed trees and the drainage ditch during our "you won't get ate being a trail horse" lessons. Lol.

I want to see Jake jump. Get on it!

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post #14 of 17 Old 08-03-2013, 08:15 AM Thread Starter
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I want to see Jake jump. Get on it!
Me too! But we have a bit of fitness work to do over the next months...for the both of us! I think I may start a fitness journal. LOL

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post #15 of 17 Old 08-03-2013, 08:33 AM
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I'm thinking Jake needs it much more than you do with his fluffy self! When I was a kid a friend had a big Belgian gelding that was part of her dad's pulling team that she rode english for fun. We jumped him a few times, hands down the most ungraceful thing ever but he sure tried! Wish there were pics of that.

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post #16 of 17 Old 08-04-2013, 06:25 AM
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It will take some dedication and work, but it's not at all impossible. Here's the obituary of Walter Gervais, who started eventing way later than 47!

WALTER GERVAIS | The Chronicle of the Horse

Seriously, though. At a show about 10 years ago in the warm up for a top division (maybe advanced, but it could have been a CIC***), a rider with limited miles at the level saw Bruce Davidson--who evented in his first Olympics in 1972, was world champ in '74 and '78, and had been at that level on myriad horses since, take a deep breath before XC. The rider turned and said something to the effect of "you still get nervous?" Bruce replied that the day he was not a bit nervous coming out of the start box was the day he was too foolhardy and needed to quit eventing.

We ALL get butterflies, but it is precisely those butterflies that make completing XC so much FUN! Throwing your heart over the fence so you have no choice but to ride over after it, the satisfaction of a course well ridden, the pride in your horse when he saves your sorry butt, the pride in yourself when you convince him that yes, that really is the jump you want, the feeling of having your horse locked onto a fence or, better yet, looking for the next fence to lock onto . . . . Those are the reasons we event.

Oh, yeah, and we do some prancing and stuff first and we get to jump again. That part is okay, too.
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post #17 of 17 Old 08-04-2013, 09:36 PM
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This sounds so great! Go for it!! Eventing is my secret dream too! :)!!!!!!!!
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