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post #21 of 37 Old 01-27-2010, 11:01 AM
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It sure does if the designers are certified and are top international designers at that.

Those who designed and built Richland Park, a 3 star rated course through USEA, were :

Mike Etherington-Smith, Bert Wood and Jay Hambly.

This facility is inspected yearly, and approved yearly and worked on yearly, through USEA officials - to ensure that this course remains CIC*** rated.

So if the Trak at Novice is not acceptable, it wouldn't be there. I assure you - or this facility would not remain rated at the level it is.

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post #22 of 37 Old 01-27-2010, 03:54 PM
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so i just talked to a very knowledgeable friend of mine & she said that novice can have a sort of trakehner where the ditch is scooped, not as defined as normal ditches are. so basically they are shallower & not as defined, so the horses dont focus on the ditch as much. they must have a ground line as well.

does anyone know what its called when there is a ditch in front of an up bank ?? i jumped a jump like that last year but i have no clue what it is called or if it even has a name, i had never seen/heard of that before.

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post #23 of 37 Old 01-30-2010, 10:49 AM Thread Starter
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Wow guys, this is... interesting. Richland's a well-known course here, part of the Adequan Cup series, as well, so I'm sure what's there is legal. The trak is probably modified to be legal, so maybe the trak's you're picturing are for higher levels, more challenging. I'm sure the fences at Richland are appropriate for those levels.

On a side note.... I won The Eventing Association of Michigan's Omnibus cover contest!!! My sis promised to take some pictures today. Can't wait!
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That is so cool! I can't wait to see it!

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post #25 of 37 Old 01-31-2010, 11:02 PM
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Awesome!!

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post #26 of 37 Old 02-03-2010, 10:38 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks. =] I'm super-excited for May... MIEventer, are you doing the CANTER benefit? How's Cobblestone Farm? I've never been...
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Nope, I was going to, but since Nelson buggered up his hock, it is out of the question. May is just around the corner and that is too soon for the big guy.

I was going to ride every event to quallify for the Kentucky Team Challenge, but that flushed down the toilet.

I'd be lucky if I am able to do the Battle Creek Event at that.

I'm out.

Cobblestone is good and is fun. Strait forward, but well done. I enjoy that course and the organizers. The one I dislike the most, is Derbyshire. I dislike that place very much.

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post #28 of 37 Old 02-03-2010, 11:05 AM Thread Starter
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That's my goal. =]
Riding to make the KY challenge would rock. I realize we haven't been that strong in dressage before, but man oh man... Margaret has been working our butts off. She said it's a realistic goal, but I don't know if my 'rents will spring for all the events- might just do eight of them, see what comes of it. Derbyshire BN was boring. BUT it is an event, and points are points, and it isn't extremely far away.

I hope to see you at BC, and that Nelson makes a full recovery.

BTW- We sold our trailer, and are looking for one now- if you know/come to know of anything, could you let me know? Thanks. =]
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Making it on the team is very competative, but realistic. Best of luck to you.

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post #30 of 37 Old 02-03-2010, 07:26 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you very much. =]

I think Richland is out for us, just because there are so many competitors and it's so expensive- what's the point placing 14th and getting no points, vs. doing two other events, placing 3rd and 2nd, and racking up some points?

ALSO: Might be headed to KY to look at trailers! O.O So excited...
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