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post #1 of 27 Old 09-22-2013, 07:19 PM Thread Starter
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Cross Country?

I feel really dumb asking this, but I couldn't find the answer anywhere else! I really, really want to get into cross country and eventing too, just not as much. But what I was wondering is can you just do cross country or do you have to do eventing?
I feel like I couldn't afford all the things that you need to buy for all the events and my main goal is to start doing cross country, because it interests me most out of all three of the eventing things. I mean I do want to get into dressage and showjumping, but cross country!

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post #2 of 27 Old 09-22-2013, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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Double post, but it's another question.

Can someone explain the beginner novice and stuff like that? I've never competed before so I don't really understand it. Like how high do they go in each ranking thing I guess you could call it?
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I haven't seen any just cross country shows, but I haven't looked for them either

As for the levels, here's a summary of the heights jumped at each one: Eventing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia A lot of shows have lower levels that aren't defined by the USEA, and vary from show to show, such as "Hopeful" (up to 2', for example) or "Trot-a-trail" (up to 12", for example)
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Another question, haha, can you go eventing shows and then just perform in cross country?

Thanks! If I could I'd probably only do beginner novice. I've never heard of hopefuls or trot-a-trail. Sounds interesting though. I'll probably begin competing when I'm older and actually move somewhere where they have cross country barns and horses.
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The closest thing to "just cross country" is probably foxhunting. No, you can't go and just do XC.

BN--WTC dressage with 20m circles and a free walk. XC--up to 2'7" high, 4' wide (at the base--top max width is 2'11), brush up to 3', up to 350 mpm. SJ--up to 2'7 high, 3'3 wide, triple bars up to 3'11" wide, 300 mpm.

That's the lowest level for recognized eventing. As verona pointed out, there are unrecognized shows (on rare occasions held in conjunction with the recognized events but more commonly held separately).

Recognized levels are Beginner Novice, Novice, Training, Preliminary, Intermediate, Advanced (in the US--it's different in other countries). You have to qualify for Prelim and above. The USEA gives very precise requirements for each level in the USEA rulebook, which can be found online. In fact, all kinds of information exists on the USEA website United States Eventing Association, Inc. - US National Combined Training, Horse Trials: Dressage, Cross Country, Show Jumping

There are sometimes derbies and combined tests. Derbies are unrecognized and typically are a dressage test followed by a course that is a combination of SJ and XC. CTs can be recognized and officially are two of the three phases, though in the common practice is for one of those phases to be the dressage phase and most commonly the second phase is SJ.
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In Ireland we have hunter trialing. That's a cross country course. You have to get the fastest time (I've won a few :P) and there are three sizes: pre novice, novice and open.
Pre novice is tiny. Highest would be 80 cm and the lowest would be 60 cm. For the tiny tots ;)
Novice is 80cm to a metre, and is for teenagers and young adults, and not so confident adults mainly.
Then there is the open, which is typically about the size of a * eventing cross country course (1.10 metre).
No, you can't go to an event and just do cross country. You would have to do all three disciplines. Dressage is first, and if you don't compete in that you are eliminated.
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Thanks for clearing that up! I guess I'll just have to save my money and get all that good stuff. I want to go to Ireland now and check that out. Haha.
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Yeh we are REALLY into our eventing and cross country out here!
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In my area there is what is called a Combined Test which involves dressage and show jumping. You can do Intro A and 12" rails, Intro B and 18" rails and Intro C and 2ft jumps.
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post #10 of 27 Old 09-25-2013, 12:34 AM
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Originally Posted by evensteven View Post
I feel like I couldn't afford all the things that you need to buy for all the events

Thanks in advance!

You don't really need that much stuff to event.

In lower levels you can get away with doing all 3 phases in an All Purpose saddle. Your bridle does not have to be super expensive either.
You can use short boots and leather chaps in all 3 phases.

Before I moved my gelding up a grade, he did Show Jumping and Cross Country in Open Front and fetlock boots.

Essentials would be;

  • Saddle
  • Bridle
  • White saddle blanket (for dressage, but you can use it for all 3 phases if you want, if not another saddle blanket is needed)
  • boots for your horse (not super essential for lower levels)
  • Number holder for bridle or saddle blanket.
*note all this is needed for xc anyway)

  • Boots and leather chaps
  • Helmet
  • breeches
  • show shirt (can be a cheap collared shirt)
  • Stock or Tie (men's ties can be purchased very cheaply)
  • Show jacket (2nd hand ones can be picked up quite cheaply on facebook or ebay)
  • cross country shirt (can be short of long sleeved depending on your governing body, and can be bought cheaply from target or similar shops)
  • number holder
  • body protector
  • medical armband
Most of that is needed for cross country too. I think the only things not needed for xc are the chow jacket, show shirt and stock or tie.

If you have all that's needed for xc, then you don't need all that much extra to do dressage and sj.
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