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    08-11-2011, 03:04 PM
Green Broke
Question My first recognized Horse Trial - what level??

Alright, so this local Horse Trial offers all of the normally USEA recognized levels, starting with BN. But it also offers 1 down from that, "Starter", which is what I've been showing at all summer in the mini trials (unrecognized 1-day Events). The jump from Starter to BN is a significant one - from a max at 2'0" to a max at 2'7" with far more oxers and such.

I've schooled BN and feel pretty confident in my jumping skills and mare's but I would hate to try out my very first recognized Event at a level I had never shown at hmmmm...they DO offer my little Starter level, but here's the differences from the USEA website:

USEA - Calendar - Sep*03-04, 2011 South Farm Fall H.T.

USEF/USEA Recognized: P
USEF Endorsed/USEA Recognized: N,T,BN
USEA Recognized Tests: Starter

So what is the difference between "USEF Endorsed/USEA Recognized" versus "USEA Recognized Test"?
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    08-11-2011, 05:34 PM
All I know is, in area 1, the XC fences at recognized BN shows are much more imposing than fences at schooling shows. I can get around most schooling courses, but am still intimidated by the ones at the recognized facilities. I'd personally start down a level just to give myself a mental edge.
    08-16-2011, 11:44 AM
Green Broke
Anyone else have any input? :)
    08-16-2011, 06:36 PM
Have you ever schooled in your area at a recognized course ? I would do that if possible. Also, if you know people that event in your area you can ask them how the course is and is it easy/average/difficult for that level. If you wanted you could also go show hunters or jumpers at 2'6" or 2'9" to get practice over that height of jumps in a non schooling situation.

It really depends on the mini event as to how high the jumps are and things like that.
    08-16-2011, 08:04 PM
IMHO, if you've been schooling BN level confidently and have been successfully been competing at starter level at unrecog. Shows then don't short-change yourself! I know 2'0" to 2'7" seems like a huge jump, but you said you've been schooling BN pretty well, so I would think you're ready. But that's just me. If you don't feel comfortable moving up then don't. It's really up to you and your horse. Just make sure that you're not mistaking regular "move up" butterflies with legitimate uncomfortable butterflies. :)
    08-16-2011, 10:13 PM
Green Broke
I sent my entry in today for beginner novice! :) I'm going to school the course next weekend so I feel like I should be pretty comfortable at that level hopefully!! Wish me luck!
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    08-16-2011, 10:25 PM
Green Broke
I think BN was the right choice. Honestly (might get flamed for this) but I honestly don't see the point in competing in a recognized HT at any level under BN.
    08-16-2011, 11:29 PM
Go big or go home :)
    08-17-2011, 09:49 AM
Originally Posted by Eliz    
Go big or go home :)

Haha that's my motto!
    08-17-2011, 02:31 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by eventerdrew    
I think BN was the right choice. Honestly (might get flamed for this) but I honestly don't see the point in competing in a recognized HT at any level under BN.
Yea they're too expensive to be jumping only 2'0"! ;) Like I said this place does have Starter, but they call it a "Test" so I don't think it's really recognized or anything. Nice that they offer it, but if I'm going a recognized, I would feel really good about completing one at BN! I've been doing very well at Starter level in the mini events this year and while I of course enjoy getting placed in the top 3 most of the time, I want to challenge us!

My friend/trainer actually just taught me how to braid last night so at our last mini event of the season this weekend I plan on braiding my mare up and doing everything proper just to "practice" for the recognized event! I'll have to send some piccies of my lovely braids...need to go to the store first and gather up my giant sewing needle and black yarn first!

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