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    05-24-2011, 05:06 PM
Interested in show jumping..Am I too old?

Hey everyone!!

I am so glad I found this forum I have so many questions haha. I started riding when I was 10 for a few months and then quit. However now I am 20 and have been saving up for months in order to pursue riding. I am taking 2 private lessons a week (I start this Sunday!!!).

I am really interested in showing especially jumping, obviously I will never probably be at a truly competitive level but do think I am too old to start for local shows and barn shows? Thanks for any input!!
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    05-24-2011, 05:08 PM
Absolutely not. There is no age limit, especially for small local shows. I'm 20 and am just getting back into showing after about 6 years away from shows (and riding for a large part of that time).

I am sure with taking two lessons weekly and a good coach, you will progress fairly quickly.

Good luck with your riding and showing.
    05-24-2011, 05:09 PM
Of course you're not too old! I'm 27 and only started riding a while ago, also taking two private lessons a week and have every intention of showing in the future. There are many adult hunter / jumper classes in Canada and they don't have any age limits that I can see. :)
    05-24-2011, 05:10 PM
That is such a relief to hear. I have been worrying about it for awhile. How do I get started in shows? Do I have to bring it up with my instructor?
    05-24-2011, 05:11 PM
Green Broke
The first time I ever showed was two years ago at 24. Although I did not do well the first year because of nerves, I went to several more schooling shows and a fall fair last year, and was very happy with the results. Although this year I haven't been able to show (dates haven't worked with when I could do them), I am hoping to continue doing lower level shows until I can afford to buy my own horse and move up to showing at a rated level (Trillium), in the adult divisions.

The only thing about being older when you start riding, is that you end up showing against a younger crowd. You have to remember not to compare yourself to them, or you could end up frustrated. Set your own goals for the show, and strive to acheive them, and don't just go for the pretty ribbon.

Seeing as you are only starting lessons, you might want to wait a bit to see if you actually enjoy riding again, before considering a show.
    05-24-2011, 05:13 PM
Originally Posted by Skye15    
That is such a relief to hear. I have been worrying about it for awhile. How do I get started in shows? Do I have to bring it up with my instructor?
Your instructor would have all of the details, but you would probably start doing schooling shows and then go on from there. Any sanctioned shows will probably require you to be a member of the OEF (Ontario Equestrian Federation) ... at least that's how it works here. You pay a small yearly fee and they give you a membership card.
    05-24-2011, 05:13 PM
Originally Posted by Skye15    
That is such a relief to hear. I have been worrying about it for awhile. How do I get started in shows? Do I have to bring it up with my instructor?
Depending on what type of barn you're at, they may have a bunch that they already plan to go to and they may even host some at the barn.

Best thing would be to talk to your coach and let him/her know you're interested in showing.
    05-24-2011, 05:15 PM
VelvetsAB: That is awesome! I am hoping I can at least enter 1 show this year. I am a little nervous..its been so long since I have rode. Ah well.
    05-24-2011, 05:29 PM
I'm in a similar situation. I had ridden all through elementary school and had to quit in middle school because it was too expensive. But now that I'm older and working I can pay for lessons myself! I'm trying to get into the local showring too, possibly joining my schools equestrian team if I can make it. You're definitely not too old. It's a bit intimidating seeing all the girls who have been showing their whole lives but I'm sure you can jump back into the swing of things easily. Good luck :)
    05-24-2011, 05:45 PM
Thank you amymarie :) Yeah it took me so long to save! But I think it's worth it. I was so wondering if I would have to how with 1o years old.. oh man that would be a bit embarrassing haha. I am hoping to join my schools equestrian team next year as well!!

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