I am sick and tired of people on this forum, offering advice in an area they have little to no experience with. Eventing, regardless if it is a GAG fence or an ADV fence, is not something to piss around with.
And, I am sick and tired of people making a situation into something it is not. No one, neither Drew nor I dogged QHD for not having a coach. Can you point out exactly where it is that we poo pooed her for not having a coach?
Are you fully aware of the # of accidents that occured at low levels in the Eventing World last year?? Are you fully aware of the # of accidents that has already occured at low levels this year?
Are you involved in the Eventing World?
This is not a sport to piss around with. This is not some Stadium Fence in a sandy arena that you are approaching. This is not flat, raked ground you are approaching. These fences, do not fall over if you hit them - YOU DO.
Do you know anything about riding a CC course, regardless if it is GAG or Advanced?
Drew and I are concerned for someone's safety, that is why we ask questions. I want to be encouraging, you betcha - this is a great sport, and a hoot when you are fully prepared. But at the same time, this sport can be down right scarey, when you walk in unprepared.
I totally understand, how hard it is right now in this economy, to have a coach or regular lessons. I work full time, 8 hours a day, 5 days a week with a wage more than minimum - and I have a hard time keeping up with bills, rent, groceries, gas, Nelson, my other pets, and having a Coach.
That's fine. But if you choose to do this little event, go to the Hunt Club before hand, and hire Miriam to work with you one on one over those fences. I am sure you can afford to pay for a day's lesson with Miriam before hand, or even go to Lou Don and have Sarah work with you.
Do you have a Certified and Approved Safety Vest? Do you have a medical card? If not, you can borrow mine, we live close enough I am sure we can work something out.
I might even beable to help you out.
Do not enter a CC Comp, even if it is a mini trial - without working/training before hand, over the fences.
I've been Eventing since High School, this year I opted out to take care of Nelsons feet and get back into financial standing since Hubby lost his job due to the economy. I saw that little comp at the Hunt Club, and I wanted to sign up, but I wont - because I haven't done much training at all this season with Nelson and that wouldn't be fair to he, nor I, nor the others I'll be compeating against.
I have friends doing the Lou Don Short Course Event this fall. I wanted to join them, sounds like fun - but instead, beacuse we haven't been training much, I opted out and decided to be a groom instead.
That's the fact of Eventing.
I'm moving Nelson this Saturday to an Eventing Facility to start conditioning and training for the 2010 season, and Richland Park - no comps for us this year, but training will start for next.
I have not seen these GAG fences at the Hunt Club. Last I was there, there were fences from BN to T - Jim must of been pretty busy than building GAG fences out there.
GAG fences are pretty strait forward, I don't know what these one's look like. I can imagine Tires, Brush Fences, lots of wood built fences because Jim is pretty particular on what his course looks like - and I am sure Craig B was out there working with him, and he's a serious hard ass where eventing is involved.
I'm going to have to go out there and have a look see, cause now I am curious. Have you seen the fences yet?
If you choose to do this little comp, please make sure you have Miriam work with you over those fences before hand. I'd contact her and ask her what it would cost to hire her to give you a CC lesson over the GAG fences.
Do not go over any CC fence without a proper and adequate safety vest on.