A big thank you to everyone for your kind words!!! Greatly appreciated :) :)
I couldn't be more proud of my boy!
| Just curious in general (as I have no experience)... Do you get any real prize (not just a ribbon) if you win and become, say, 1st rider of season? |
That depends entirely on the host of the HT itself. Some give Saddle Pads for the 1st place winner, and some give a bag of horse cookies and etc, etc.
There are usually always prizes for "The best dressage score" too per HT.
For the whole season - you are given points per placing. So for example, I placed 2nd place at the first HT, so I recieved 5 points for that. Then at the 2nd HT we again, placed 2nd and recieved another 5 points. And then this HT I placed 1st, so I was given 6 points.
At the end of the season, the Eventing Organization that I am a member of, totals all the points each rider incurs over the season. So for me that would = 16 points.
So at the end of the season, there is a Banquet, where riders from each level, recieved ribbons, trophies for their point standings.
Also, at the end of each season, 4 riders in each level, who have the top best point standings, get to represent Michigan at the Kentucky Team Challange held in Kentucky.
Which is a great honor! I could not represent Michigan this year, because I am in School as it is, and I cannot afford to either miss classes, or miss days of work to do so.
Next year I'll strive for Novice - see how we do. But Nelson is 21 now, and we just went through a bout of Hock and Stiffle injections - which worked fabulous, and my vet is fully confident that he can do it - but we'll see. One day at a time.