How did you guys get started in eventing??

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    02-07-2010, 04:52 PM
How did you guys get started in eventing??

I wanted to know how you guys got started??
Im kinda like in the middle of switching disciplines. I wanna go from english/western pleasure to something with jumping. (im a adrenaline junky :) ) I wanna do eventing but I feel like im too im only 14 but everyone I know has been doing it since they were like 5.
Well anyways im switching discplines because I got an upcoming 4 year old paint. Not really trained in anything. So what a perfect oppurtunity! Well now you've heard like my life story.
So let tell me yours :)

(p.s. Id love to see pics of your eventers! I love pictures:) random I knoww)
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    02-07-2010, 05:05 PM
Pish Posh, you aren't too old to get started. I know Ladies in their 50's who are just starting out, so at 14, you're ahead of the game.

I got started through Pony Club, it was an awesome way to get into Eventing and a great way to get my feet wet. I'd look into your local pony club and talk to the "heads" about getting involved. You're not too old.
    02-07-2010, 05:17 PM
I thought pony club was for younger kids. Like if I was to join now woldnt I age out before I could get far? Otherwise I've always wanted to join. And a new one just opened. But I don't wanna start with like a bunch of little kids!
    02-07-2010, 05:46 PM
When I started, I was in my teens as well.

What they do is that they ask to see you ride and find out where you are education wise, and then place you in the level that corresponds with where you are as a rider, horseperson and your education.

I was put into C when I started.

The levels go D, D1, D2, D3, C, C1, C2, C3, B *when you get into the B's, you are getting to Coaching/Training etc, etc* and then A's - A's are the crem de la crem and a very rare % make it to that level.

Some of my friends made it to the B's, but I stopped at C3. It got too politcal for me and I wanted out.

It is a great opportunity - give your Pony Club a call and discuss your concerns with them and see what they say.
    02-07-2010, 08:04 PM
Thats really cool. I actually might do that. My only problem is my horse is an upcoming 4 year old, so I wouldnt want to oush it on him.
    02-09-2010, 12:50 AM
The lower levels are fine for younger horses. They stress things like position and rhythm at the D level. And PC extended their membership age to 25 a few years ago. So you've got 11 years!!!

But, back to your question.. I got started in eventing when I started riding. Just happened that the closest barn to my house was an event barn :)
And I started riding at 14 and joined Pony Club at 16, but the club I was in folded when I was 17 and a C-1. Never rejoined :(
    02-09-2010, 12:50 AM
I also got involved with eventing through pony club (as my sister is doing now)
You can be in until your older (24 or 25 is the cut off I believe?)but your horse is supposed to be 5 or older as pony club bases everything heavily on safety. Its definitely a great experience and teaches you a lot about all aspects of horse care and riding. My parents thank the USPC everyday for everything that my sister and I have learned about horses (since my parents don't know all too much still and rely on us for guidance!)
    02-09-2010, 12:54 AM
Ah! OO, I forgot about the 5 year old thing. Good call!

Megan, you can always use a school horse for the ratings the first year or two.
    02-09-2010, 08:48 AM
There's definitely no harm in using a different horse temporarily or even joining without a horse for a short amount of time if an older horse is not available as you will still learn a ton to help you get your horse ready for when they do reach 5. There's quite a few kids in PC with my sister who have younger horses so they use different ones for pc functions and it's obvious the things that they learned and took home for use on their own horses
Good luck with whatever route you take to get into eventing but be careful and have fun!
    02-09-2010, 10:05 AM
I too got started in Ponyclub. The place I used to ride at hosted pony club on their property. I used to use my old riding coach's horse and take her to places like "Groton Pony Club 3 Phase" which is a fun 3 phase, not so much really competitive. I quit eventing for a few years but now that I have Cutter I want to start back up in the summer. Ill be 19. Your not too young lol

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