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    01-09-2011, 09:52 PM
Moving up to Prelim?

I am trying to move up to Preliminary sometime this spring. I am in Area 3 so im fine to go to GA, FL, AL, SC, and TN. I was thinking about doing it at Rocking Horse in March. Is Rocking Horse's Prelim course hard? I've only done training and novice there. Anyone have any suggestions about moving up to Prelim?
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    01-09-2011, 11:02 PM
Never done Rocking Horse. Just don't do Pine Top as your first! It's one of the hardest. The easiest course for BN, N, and T is definitely Full Gallop, never really looked at the prelim course as I haven't done Prelim yet. Same goes for Poplar Place. BN, N, and T were pretty easy and straightforward.
    01-09-2011, 11:23 PM
Thanks. Yea I saw pictures from a Pine top prelim> I would wet my pants. But my first ht was at Full gallop< so I may try there. I know it also depends on the time of the year.
    01-10-2011, 10:14 AM
Green Broke
Rocking Horse prelim has been challenging in the past few years. I went as a groom with my trainer. Her horse had done Prelim many times before and still had a stop on course. Its mostly just technically difficult rather than the jumps themselves.
    01-10-2011, 11:44 AM
Originally Posted by TheEquestrian22    
I know it also depends on the time of the year.
Very true! I did the pine top in I think september and it was soooo small and easy, but go to a spring one and they change everything! Full Gallop is a pretty good one. Well actually Jumping Branch is the EASIEST. She doesn't have recognized anymore though but her prelim is training level everywhere else haha. But sporting days and full gallop are going to be my greenies first recognized events this spring. Sporting Days is pretty easy too but their place just isn't big enough and the footing isn't the best to do anything over training level IMO.
    01-10-2011, 11:55 AM
I would suggest starting this season doing one or two more training level events and then move up to prelim at Full Gallop. They have 3 events in the next few months anyway, so my suggestion would be to go to their first event in a few weeks at training level (if you're ready to compete now) and then if you feel comfortable and your trainer feels you're ready move up to prelim at the next Full Gallop. I was just there schooling a few days ago and it looks fairly welcoming for prelim.

Just be careful with your horse. While I know you mentioned in his profile he's competed at that level before, I noticed looking at his pictures that he really hangs his forearms and while it looks like he jumps high enough that it's not an issue, it's not exactly the safest jumping style and could lead to a nasty accident if he misjudges a fence's height or something. Makes me nervous and worried for your safety, is all. :) Good luck! If you're at Full Gallop any time until April showing I'll probably be there as well.
    01-10-2011, 07:41 PM
Yea im aware of his dangling legs but he's only hit one rail the entire time I've owned him he's extremely careful and would stop before he would take an akward jump. I am doing PT ( Prelim dressage and show jumping, training xc) at Rocking Horse this month. Im trying to move up early march so my options are Sporting Days, Rocking Horse, Red Hills (not a wise choice), Full Gallop, or Pine Top. Yet on the summary of Full Gallop's event it says "jumps are substantial, not a move up course". So im thinking more sporting days or Rocking horse. But I average one event per 6-8 weeks and have been at training level a year and did AEC which was is the toughest training course available and I made it through w/o refusuals or anything. I am going to xc school several more times before I officially make the move. Thanks for your suggestions
    01-10-2011, 08:47 PM
Have you completed your NQR's in order to qualify to compete at Prelim?
    01-10-2011, 09:01 PM
Yes. I've run Training level 6 times. I believe NQRs require 4 clear rides?
    01-11-2011, 09:57 AM
That's interesting about Full Gallop. I know they have made it slightly more challenging over the year but I've still always thought it was really easy! Oh well haha. Sporting Days is easy. I just don't like the footing for Prelim, but it is doable.

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