Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: The Bluegrass State
Too objective! IMO, your trainer may give you a decent awnser, but it may only aply to that barn. Because that's all it can be. For example -
At the barn I used to ride at, I was in the 'advanced' level. We had set levels in our stable - Novice, Begginner, Intermediate, then Advanced.
Novice - Beginner = Just learning to ride, knows the basics, but maybe not pretty with them. NOT jumping, or just poles.
Intermediate = Knows the basics, can execute them well. Has a few decent 'details.'(picking up the correct lead without looking, flying lea changes, etc.) but not solid. Jumping around 18', a 2' here and there.
Advanced = Basics mastered, details mostly known and well executed. Every lesson at least 2'. Our instructers only jumped 3'6 at the very highest, so the highest any of the students ever went was around 2'9.
I was in this Advanced category, then moved to a new stable because I simply learned all I could there. At this new instructer's, I am her only student, but I am more of the Intermediate/Advanced level here. She focuses more on those itty bitty details (strong legs, using legs well, using hands well) that make a more competitive rider. She also carts me around to shows and whatnot :)
If I were to go to Golden Lantern, a stable where the instructor is an Olympic Rider, I would be more in the Beginner category. Levels depend on barns. As someone said earlier, Compared to Olympic riders, you are a Beg. Compared to a small Pony Club, you are advanced. Never a straight awnser.
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