Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Kansas in the summer, Kentucky most of the time
First of all, you need to get on the cross country course. You can't just do showjumping and call it good then go to a competition. Cross Country is the most dangerous and to me- the most important of the three phases. I personally have a dressage trainer and a jumping trainer. But it isn't really necessary if you are just having fun and/or your instructor is an actual event trainer.
You won't find a 3 day event in the US until training level (which is like 3 foot 3 inches) and I believe it's the same for Australia just different level names. So, two day events and one day events are the only options.
One day events are usually cheaper.... way cheaper. And they are a real test of the horse's fitness. I think they are harder than two day events because you do everything in one day, as opposed to getting a break between cross country and showjumping.
Anyway, if you have any other questions feel free to ask. But that's all I can think of off the top of my head as far as basics.
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