Well, yes - ideally you want a Coach who can help you enter this sport safely and educatedly. This is a dangerous sport, that demands respect, regardless of what level you are doing. That's from GAG to 4*. Horses and Riders die doing this sport, and I've seen some nasty accidents at low levels.
So, when you venture into the sport, you want to be as prepared as you can be. Mentally and physically. Both horse and rider.
Do you have all the essential safety equipment? If not, do you have access to use of all essential safety equipement? Eventing Vest, Helmet, Medical Card?
At least you have someone to help you. You'll be doing 3 phases. Dressage, Cross Country and Stadium. Your friend should beable to help you out with preparing for these 3 phases and what to expect.
I highly encourage you to attend as many clinics as you can - even if you have to audit them - you will still learn a lot.
Welcome to the dark side! Stay safe!
I am mostly doing it for the training experience, can't believe I am going to spend $120 to event. I intended on attending the clinics before hand just so, I can get accustomed to what I should expect. I have never done 3 day eventing though so, I am excited and nervous a bit.
On the day of the XC and stadium, I'm sure it's different every where but, will they let me walk the course first to learn it or is it just shoot and go? Do you get time penalties if the horse runs around a jump? If I fail XC, will I be able to move on to the next event or not?
Although, I'm sure my friend will brief me, like she said she would it's not going to kill me to ask and make sure.
I will be buying an eventing vest a couple of weeks before the trial, I will be setting money aside for that, I have a helmet and a medical card, is health insurance for me if I get hurt i'm guessing? Can someone explain that? Also, can I use just a regular velvet riding helmet or do I have to buy a special kind of helmet for eventing?