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    02-25-2010, 01:27 AM




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    03-02-2010, 05:07 AM
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Originally Posted by megannnn    
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!
My instuctor still competes threw pony club and so do alot of adults!
    03-14-2010, 10:12 PM
I started eventing at 13 years old, its never too late if you're dedicated. I would find an eventing barn or trainer and call him/her up and talk to them. Also Pony Club (as mentioned above) but a PC that does eventing and not HJ or something :)
    03-21-2010, 04:13 PM
Originally Posted by corporate pride    
bahahahahaaha!: too old!!!!!!! Hahahahaha, :)
I just wanted to add more bahahahahaaaaa!!! To this. I got my first ever horse at age 40! That's 2 1/2 lifetimes from you. Definitely don't be put off from a fun sport like eventing because your friends all did it younger. If you find the right trainer and work on yourself as a rider, you'll probably be as good as them by the end of the your first season anyway.

I'm still at the "just getting into it" stage. I became interested after doing a few hunter paces and realizing that both me and my horse love to jump solid things in the middle of the woods. There are plenty of older people at the shows I go to. I'm competing against 50 and 60 year olds. Age is relative. You're not too old until you stop riding horses!
    03-22-2010, 01:27 AM
Growing up I rode english pleasure and jumpers and western gaming, but not with a regular trainer. When I went to college I wanted to go fast and jump stuff but they required us to do a semester of dressage or two of combined training. Since I thought dressage was dumb and boring, I signed up for the 2 semesters of ct and LOVED it! I then took more dressage and my focus since then has been jumpers and some eventing with a strong background in dressage and it's made a world of difference in my horses and my riding and for my students!
    03-23-2010, 04:20 AM
I also got into it through pony club! Pony club is AMAZING, I can't stress it enough. I got out of eventing though when my horse took a bad fall (don't stress though, it was an accident by fault of a clinician I was riding with.. total freak accident.)
What I would suggest for you also, is to volunteer at an event! I know around here, they're always looking for jump judges for cross country (basically you go out with a clipboard and make sure every rider goes over the jump, they don't just trot around it and go on their way.) I jump judged a few times, it is actually a good learning experience to see how the more experienced riders handle their horses on course. You'll also learn a lot just from being around the eventing grounds. And no, you're not too late. I had a short career as an eventer that started at 13 and I quit when I was 16.
Have fun & enjoy!!
    03-25-2010, 08:52 PM
I just recently got my horse and my friend got me interested in wanting to do eventing
    03-26-2010, 11:36 AM
I had a pretty good dressage foundation installed when I was growing up in the UK, but when I moved to the US I couldn't afford to lesson much, so I pretty much rode whatever I could get on - mostly barely-broke horses with BAD vices! So that gave me a velcro-tush. Then I showed Apps for a little while, did more training and a lot more dressage, figured out jumping, and got a job as a working student. I did my first BN and then my first N the spring before I turned 18. You're certainly not too old.
    03-30-2010, 03:44 PM
I've always riddent english. I started riding when I lived in Europe so english riding was the only thing you did. I started jumping when I found a trainer here which eventually evolved to me joining pony club which in turn is where I evented. I went up to my C2 before I left and went straight to hunters again.

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