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        06-16-2010, 08:54 PM
    Green Broke
    Me too! Ours is about 45 minutes away, but it isn't all that good. And of course you will post pictures!
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        06-16-2010, 10:23 PM
    Haha yes there will be photos! Though you may be waiting for XC ones till next year..

    Theres a pony club fairly close to me, I could ride him in. They don't do any XC or anything but im thinking of joining just to go to the rally days they have once a month, they do a bit of jumping so I think it would be worth it, especially since I don't really have much space here to jump, can set up 1 or 2, and they have heaps of room for a whole course.
        06-16-2010, 10:44 PM
    Whereabouts in NSW are you?

    I'm lucky in that I have a *** XC course about a 15 minute drive away, and then two more courses almost as good about 45 minutes away. They are upgrading the *** course so they can hold international events, and all are open to the public. Im in eventers heaven :]

    Ninja, don't worry so much about what the individual club does, but look at the Zone. Our club doesn't have facilites to event (Just SJ) but our zone has great facilities and we have about 3/4 ODE's a year. If you join a PC you can also attend ODE's from other Zone's they ahve opened up to other riders.
        06-16-2010, 10:52 PM
    In my area (Port Macquarie/Hunter Valley) we have quite a few ODE's each year. I'm in zone 9, and luckily my PC has the facilities for eventing, plus I live down the road from it.

    I'm guessing you're an older teen, maybe old enough to be a PC associate, so it may be worthwhile joining an eventing club in your area. They normally have training days, guest instructors and its great to surround yourself with people in the loop.
        06-16-2010, 11:03 PM
    Oh ok, ill have to do a bit more research then about our zone.
    The only XC course I know of in the area is the one I mentioned earlier, the one at the riding school. As far as I know none of the pony clubs use it, but I could be wrong. I have a friend in one of the clubs, ill ask.

    Im just out of Armidale, in the New England area. Its about, an hour north-ish from Tamworth.

    I know theres heaps of events at Scone and Quirindi, I don't really want to travel that far atm though, especially just starting out and my parents would have to help with the travelling (I wont have a license to tow until next march, and even then I would have to borrow the float and car (mines nowhere near suitable to tow!) which is rather inconvenient for them obviously.)

    But thanks, i'll look into the local stuff a bit more and see what I can find
        06-16-2010, 11:06 PM
    Gidji we must have posted at the same time!

    Yeah im 18, 19 by the time I join any clubs. I havnt heard of any eventing clubs here, theres a showjump club and a 'riding club' that mainly does dressage. Ill look into it though, thanks
        06-16-2010, 11:31 PM
    I forget that most people have roadblocks to travelling - I am lucky in that my dad takes me anywhere I want to go - He took me to Sydney once a month for about 3 years when I was in the games squad, I have to remind myself how lucky I am lol!

    I hope you can find some ODE's in your zone, PC eventing really is a good place to start and nice and encouraging.
        06-17-2010, 08:44 AM
    Green Broke
    ^ditto. I always have a ride. If it isn't my mom I an get in someone elses trailer(it really helps when you consider your teammates parents your parents!)

    I'd do the dressage club! It would be really beificial!
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        06-18-2010, 07:47 AM
    Green Broke
    Stormy did cover the levels VERY well but don't forget the schooling "mini trials" ;) That's what I'm doing right now and they are GREAT for giving you an Intro to the are the levels in our neck of the woods (NE Ohio, Area VIII):

    Intro -- walk/trot dressage test (USDF Intro Test A) -- jumps are only 6"-12"
    Very Green -- walk/trot dressage test (USDF Intro Test B) -- jumps are 1'6"-2'0"
    Starter -- walk/trot/canter dressage test (USEF Beginner Novice Test A) -- jumps are 1'6"-2'0"
    Beginner Novice -- w/t/c dressage (USEF Beginner Novice Test B) -- jumps are 2'0"-2'7"
    Novice -- w/t/c dressage (USEF Novice Test A) -- jumps are 2'7"-2'11"
    Training -- w/t/c dressage (USEF Training Test A) -- jumps are 3'0"-3'3"

    Here's the website for my particular area's schooling series :) The dressage tests are listed on there as well.

    Good luck, have fun...and welcome to the "dark side" with the rest of us! ;) hehe
        06-18-2010, 03:17 PM
    Green Broke
    HITS- she's in Australia, so the levels are all wakadoo. I think there should be a universal level system, because I never understand when people say so many meters or cms.....

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