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        03-07-2013, 12:26 PM
      #31
    Foal
    Yes brown or black tack will be fine.

    Price depends on your area and if you are doing recognized or unrecognized events. Check out this website for your area, and you will find lots of useful information http://www.area5eventing.com

    If you go to the calendar: Area5Eventing.com - Calendar and then click on the omnibus listing on the right, you'll be able to look at the prices for each event and get an idea what it's going to cost you.

    In Alberta I'm paying around $350 for an event for a weekend, the lower levels will be cheaper though. It's not cheap by any means, but in my opinion is significantly cheaper than some other shows out there! It's more worth it to me to do a weekend of eventing, instead of a division or two at a jumper show.

    Area5Eventing.com - Calendar
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        03-07-2013, 12:29 PM
      #32
    Foal
    This website has lots of good information as well and might be helpful for you: Home | Discover What is Eventing
         
        03-07-2013, 12:39 PM
      #33
    Yearling
    Wow I didn't know there were that many events here. I am going to bookmark that link. It's very useful. Thank you. As I learn on my older gelding I will be trying to save money for a nice younger horse with experience. When I start (hopefully I will) competing I will get those looks because I'll be on a 15hh Arabian. But hopefully since his heart is huge and my trainer is great, we will kick their butts. I have some open shows coming up too. Showing is so much fun. Competing is addicting! Lol
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        03-07-2013, 12:51 PM
      #34
    Yearling
    There's one thing I didn't see on there. Are half chaps instead of tall boots okay? And do you have to have a dressage saddle for the dressage phase? It just says English saddle
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        03-07-2013, 01:16 PM
      #35
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by hisangelonly    
    There's one thing I didn't see on there. Are half chaps instead of tall boots okay? And do you have to have a dressage saddle for the dressage phase? It just says English saddle
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    In Canada half chaps are ok as long as they are black and smooth leather, you can't have suede ones. Maybe someone in the states could clarify whether this is the same down there?

    You can use your regular saddle for the dressage phase at the lower levels. I've been competing at the the preliminary level, and I *just* finally bought a dressage saddle. Definitely not necessary for you right now, don't worry about it!

    Don't worry about riding an arab! That's one thing I love about eventing, ANY horse can go out and do it! You'll see everything from warmbloods to drafts to ponies, and I myself ride a tiny 15hh TB! You bet we look out of place a lot of the time, haha. As long as you are going out, being safe and having fun, I can guarantee no one is going to give a flip what breed of horse you are riding

    If you get the chance to go to a few clinics, I would definitely recommend it! They are incredibly helpful and TONS of fun as well! Most eventers are friendly and super helpful too, once you get out there you meet lots of people really fast.
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        03-08-2013, 02:48 AM
      #36
    Weanling
    In Australia half chaps are fine too, as long as they are leather. :)

    An all purpose saddle will be fine to use at lower levels for both the dressage and jumping phases. Heck, I even show jumped and went XC in my dressage saddle on my TB as it's the only saddle he has. :)

    As albertaeventer said, any horse can event, we have warmbloods, TB's, riding ponies, arabs, shetlands etc going round over here.
    Your arab will be fine. My eventer that I have been telling you about is a 14.3hh Andalusian x TB x Riding Pony.

    One of boss's TB's goes round Pre-Novice courses (which for us in Aus, is just below 1*) with only front shoes... and no stud holes. He has never had a problem with lack of footing.

    Not sure how you go for prices over there, but over here my expenses are as follows (all in AUD);

    Entry + Fees - $100-$120
    Petrol/Gas - $70 for a tank
    Yards/stables - $0 as I use my portable float yards
    Food for the weekend - $50 we take eskis and stoves and cook up our own food.
    Camping - $0 as I roll out a swag and sleep in the back of my float, after it has been cleaned out :)


    This website is pretty handy too...
    http://e-venting.co.uk/?cat=13&paged=2
         
        03-08-2013, 03:14 AM
      #37
    Weanling
    Just to add - there is such a thing as just XC competitions, here in the UK at least. Both Hunter Paces, which are fairly informal, and Hunter Trials, which are a bit more challenging, are just over XC.
         
        03-08-2013, 10:32 AM
      #38
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by minstrel    
    Just to add - there is such a thing as just XC competitions, here in the UK at least. Both Hunter Paces, which are fairly informal, and Hunter Trials, which are a bit more challenging, are just over XC.
    I wish we had those in Canada!! Haha
         
        03-08-2013, 10:43 AM
      #39
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by albertaeventer    
    I wish we had those in Canada!! Haha
    We have derbys here. Almost the same thing lol. At least we do in the east anyway. I love derby days. We also have a kind of hunter pace type deal over here as well that's just a cross country day.
         
        03-08-2013, 10:58 AM
      #40
    Foal
    We have a couple derbies too that have stadium combined with some cross country jumps as well, super fun!
         

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