Well, I'm going to break the chain! I started riding with a trainer and bought my first horse from her(I was 7). I wasn't good enough while I was with her to really event competativly and some stuff happened when I was about 10 and we moved to a different trainer. This one wasn't certified and TOTALLY screwed me up. Tought me SO many bad habbits it's unreal. Two years ago in August, I moved back and started training with my first trainer again. She got me back on track, helped me find a sutable eventing horse (Blue told us NOOOOOWAAAYYYY was she jumping those scary logs!) and I started really competativly eventing last season. I did two Restricted Beginner Novice's and then moved up to Beginner Novice at the end of the season. I'm lucky to have a really good school master (he compeated Pre Limb and one Intermediate I think) that takes care of me and is a great over all horse! And I have picys of him too! I know my position sucks in some of these, I was still getting over show nerves and getting used to him after 7 years of pony! (He's 16.2HH)
I found a small but serious eventing barn, that was one of the main thing for me was that they were sreious about what they do. Not only did they train me and the horse but they also helped me with presintation and manners. I may only be trainning novie and showing beginer novice but it does take time to move up. It's better tho have great form and position and technuiqe and move slow then to rush through the leavles knockin veerthing down along your way. So point being I say find a great barn or find a great trainner who is willing to come out to your barn. These pictures where from a while ago, but they are there.
I learned how to ride at a h/j barn when I was little, but I didnt get into showing. I got sick of the snobby barn I was at & it was way too expensive anyways [i started to work to pay for lessons when I was 6 or 7] then my family moved to a n area that was cheaper/easier to have horses & bought me & my sister a horse to share. Then we just wanted to event after going to young riders so we joined PC to meet families and other kids who evented.
i found a small but serious eventing barn, that was one of the main thing for me was that they were sreious about what they do. Not only did they train me and the horse but they also helped me with presintation and manners. I may only be trainning novie and showing beginer novice but it does take time to move up. it's better tho have great form and position and technuiqe and move slow then to rush through the leavles knockin veerthing down along your way. so point being I say find a great barn or find a great trainner who is willing to come out to your barn. These pictures where from a while ago, but they are there.
I started riding dressage with Captain Heyer when I was six years old in Florida. Then, because there was so little competition for dressage then (1960's) I switched to western, still doing dressage training. Then, at 13 or so, I discovered eventing and jumping and it was all over. Did that (and still straight dressage) ever since.
I know your asking for our stories, but i'll give mine in a second. My advice is to find a well known eventing barn with a good reputation, and start taking lessons, go and help groom at some eventing shows, then maybe use a seasoned eventer to show until you get the ropes, then slowly introduce your horse into the eventing world.
And you are definitely NOT too old. If you're a good rider, my guess is you would start out showing at beginner novice, where in my area(GA) is mostly 11-18 year old riders with the ocasional outlaying factors.
I got started in eventing when I was 9, and was riding at a hunter/jumper barn, the owner and my trainer had a HUGE spat, and we moved barns, where everyone who moved with my trainer became eventers. We started out with my trainer(who had evented prior to doing hunters) taking us to shows, having us volunteer to help out and get everything ready with the show. Then we started taking our horses to school at eventing facilities, then we did schooling shows, then began showing at rated shows. A few years back(when I was 11 I was ranked 3rd in beginnner novice in GA) So everything we did started me out right. You will find that almost every eventer is really nice,and willing to help you out in any way possible.
And kudos to you for bringing up the 4 year old, I did that with my last mare, I just sold her to a cute little girl wanting to start eventing.
If you have any questions feel free to pm me. I'd be happy to tell you anything.
^^That was me and my pony schooling BN
^^That was me and my TB schooling training.
I can't find any more pictures. =(
Oh, and I'm sure I speak for everyone when I say we want to see pictures of this paint.
Bahahahahaaha!: too old!!!!!!! Hahahahaha, I stared pony club at 22! I went til I aged out at 25! That was last year! I started riding when I was 19 so ur ahead of me! Eventing is great so you should definitely go for it! You can start at a training day or a clinic getting run by a club or instructor, over here in australia we can pay a day insurance and a ground fee and get out on their xc courses with an eventing instructor. But pony club is priceless! You get out there more often, if you wanna event joint and pony club with a course that way you can use it. Hell, me and the older kids would go out on the course when we had a free lesson and hoon over the big jumps :)
You can always go under the guide of the more experienced eventers and enter at the lowest grade and just give it a go. Make sure ur horse is not going to be too hot our there then I suggest borrow a quiet horse or learn safety measures like the one rein stop.
But most importantly....HAVE FUN!!!!!!! It's addictive :)