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        02-03-2010, 06:58 PM
    Green Broke
    ^ finishing clean? That's always my goal rather than points and ribbons and stuff.

    My American Warmblood finished on a 39 at her first event. We got 7th out of 10 and I wouldn't have been happier if she had won.

    It's about the ride, not the points.
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        02-03-2010, 07:10 PM
    Eventerdrew- of course it is. I wasn't trying to imply that it isn't, at all. I simply thought that was a given. It's just great to have a goal to work towards, something big and shiny and totally brag-worthy at school. =] Trying to convince my class horses are cool. XD
        02-03-2010, 07:37 PM
    Green Broke
    Yeah you are right that it's good to have a goal to work towards. I just hate to see people (speaking in general now) that go out and ride for ribbons and points rather than riding for your horse.

    It's hard to remember what is important when you are so used to your horse going clean. Trust me, I had one of those. But my trainer (and a bowed tendon on her part) brought me back to earth really quickly.
        02-04-2010, 12:31 PM
    Green Broke
    I agree with both of you...and have had this conversation before I believe! When it comes down to it, it IS about you and your horse and the experience...BUT if you didn't care at all about placing and points, why would you bother competing? Alright, I know some do it JUST to do it, but personally I'm halfway in between...I would never care more about Sandie and our experiences than I do ribbons and points...but I compete for those ribbons as well!!
        02-04-2010, 03:23 PM
    Exactly what I was trying to say, Hoofprints! You just worded it way better than I could have. =]
        03-14-2010, 10:08 PM
    I did like...five? I think BN events before I moved up to Novice. But for everyone its totally different. My horse clears training jumps perfectly in schooling but we still have some issues so we stay at BN level. But its a preference thing. I did one Novice (got third) and the biggest thing for me was the banks. They're huge compared to BN (least in my area)
        03-14-2010, 10:57 PM
    I love banks. =] Zip does too, definitely. But I'm [hopefully] going to get to school novice soon, and maybe toss in a few training fences to see what we're looking at. =] I can't wait for the season to start!

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