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post #1 of 23 Old 07-01-2010, 08:24 PM Thread Starter
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Eventing Internationally

I was just wondering how do people end up competing/eventing internationally? Do you have to qualify, do you have to be chosen, or what? I'm slightly foggy about this. I was just wondering because this my very very long term goal
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post #2 of 23 Old 07-01-2010, 09:27 PM
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A lot of times those who compete internationally have a) been competing for a long time, b) have trained with other international trainers, c) have (in all honesty) gotten lucky in finding a very inexpensive horse that ended up with the talent to go international, d) have the money to compete regularly and take regular lessons, e) live in an area with a lot of shows of all levels (ex: east coast, west coast). It's really a toss up of a lot of factors, imo.

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or F) have your dad or mom be an international rider.

It's ALOT of hard work, and really expensive. I have a friend who competes in international level events (2 stars) and his family is really well off in the money buisness. But he's also a good rider, who trains horses and works well with them.

I think to be a FEI level rider, you have to understand the horse and every aspect of it's care and the sport. You have to know the horse inside and out.

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c) have (in all honesty) gotten lucky in finding a very inexpensive horse that ended up with the talent to go international,
Like John Williams and Carrick.
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Exactly, Spyder. Sara Mittleider's horse El Primero is another. She bought him for a couple hundred bucks as an OTTB.

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Exactly, Spyder. Sara Mittleider's horse El Primero is another. She bought him for a couple hundred bucks as an OTTB.
I heard that John Williams has another horse also from Cozy's Commander ( Carrick's sire) but that is just a rumor as Commander has been dead for a few years now.
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Hmm, I wonder if there's any information about that on his website. I want to go look now, hah.

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Buck Davidson's new horse, Titanium, is an OTTB. And wasn't Cool Mountian, William FP's ride at Rolex this year? I love those kinds of horses. The ones that come from nothing. It makes me all warm and fuzzy on the inside :)

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Not sure if it was Buck or Bruce - but they took an OTTB that was under training for a very short period of time, ended up at Rolex and placed 5th.

Can't remember the horse's name, but I do remember many of his Peer's saying he's crazy for doing it - but he prooved them wrong :)

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My old trainer is a 4star international eventer, & it costs her about $15k per month to campaign her horse.
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