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        07-13-2009, 02:57 PM
    Green Broke
    Talking Third Mini Trial! :-)

    Yesterday was the third show ever for Sandie and eventing mini trial For those of you who haven't been following our story, at our very first show we were eliminated for refusing a fence, since I fell off! But at the second show, we came in first place!

    Well, yesterday's show had a LOT of people in it, and the jumps (esp stadium) were extremely intricate, very scary stuff haha! But I am very proud to say that we came in SECOND! And I must say, Sandie looks very good in red! Here are some piccies, I'll post more later when the show photographer gets the really nice ones up on their site!

    The stadium pics are blurry, but neat to see the very "busy" jumps they had at this show!

    My husband (who is NOT a horse person lol) actually gave Sandie a carrot from his MOUTH LOL!!!!

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        07-13-2009, 03:00 PM
    Congrats!! How exciting, very cute horse
        07-13-2009, 03:03 PM
    Green Broke
    YAY! You and Sandie are quite the pair. I really enjoy hearing your mini trial stories!

    Although I have never seen you ride and only your coach, you, and Sandie can make the decision, I wouldn't hesitate to go Beginner Novice next time or the time after that. :)

    Awesome job!!!
        07-13-2009, 03:13 PM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by eventerdrew    
    Although I have never seen you ride and only your coach, you, and Sandie can make the decision, I wouldn't hesitate to go Beginner Novice next time or the time after that. :)

    Awesome job!!!
    Thank you for the confidence, but we are def not ready for that yet! We both just started learning to jump about 3 months ago, which is why we're only starting out in trainer wants me to move up one step to "Very Green" which has 2' - 2'3" fences in the stadium and xc, which I could do, but I just want Sandie to get some more xc miles under her belt first before we do that! My friend Katherine is in Beginner Novice, but it's a couple levels above Very Green and we wouldn't be ready for it quite yet. Here's a pic of her and her horse doing a Beginner Novice xc jump...much too high for Sandie and I just yet!

    Casual Creation Photography - 10.30-11.30am gr.xc - img_7450

    Her horse FLIES through the course, it's amazing just how fast those two can go and still remain in control! What I really like about Intro is that it's also not timed, so you can take your time and not rush...nice for beginning riders and beginning horses!
        07-13-2009, 03:19 PM
    Green Broke
    Oh I didn't realize there was a step between intro and BN in your area! That's great!

    Most mini events are really leanient (sp?) on time. At the Intro and BN, even if they are timed, I rarely wear a watch. There is really no need and it makes you relax a little more. Especially on a green horse there is no need to rush!

    I wish we had a division between Intro and BN in the area. But we don't :(
        07-13-2009, 03:42 PM
    Green Broke
    Oh we have a couple steps in this schooling mini trial series goes (from lowest to highest division):

    Intro - walk/trot dressage test, fences are 6" to 1'
    Very Green - walk/trot dressage test, fences are 1'6" to 2'
    Baby Beginner Novice - walk/trot/canter dressage test, fences are 1'6" to 2'
    Beginner Novice - walk/trot/canter dressage test, fences are 2' to 2'7" (we have jumped this high in the arena, but never cross country!!)
    Novice - walk/trot/canter dressage test, fences are 2'7" to 2'11"
    Training - walk/trot/canter dressage test, fences are 3' to 3'3" (and may be up to 5'3" wide at the base)

    That's why when you said Beginner Novice I was like WOAH!! She must think I'm a better jumper than I am!
        07-13-2009, 04:18 PM
    Green Broke
    Wow! You are very lucky! We have

    Intro (sometimes called Green As Grass or Pre BN)- under 2 foot
    Beginner Novice- not to exceed 2 foot (w/t/c dressage for this level and above)
    Novice- not to exceed 2 foot 11 inches
    Training- not to exceed 3 foot 6 ( I think )
    Preliminary aka Prelim- not to exceed 3 foot 9. Maybe. I'm not quite sure at that level.

    We have some intermediate stuff in parks around the area but not much. No advanced at all.
        07-13-2009, 06:18 PM
    Congratulations! I am so proud of the both of you, keep up the great work!

    While I like the Red, I still think Forrest Green looks the best :)
        07-13-2009, 07:13 PM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by MIEventer    
    Congratulations! I am so proud of the both of you, keep up the great work!

    While I like the Red, I still think Forrest Green looks the best :)
    Thanks MIEventer!! I agree, while the red is nice, the green is the best color on her!

    Here's a video of the cross country (well, part of it anyway!) It went back into a wooded area so they couldn't tape the entire thing...and of all things, someone's horse spooked, threw them, and was running around the course loose while I was on course! I heard the announcer say it, but I didn't really know what to do about it...I looked at one of the jump judges and she just waved me on, so I kept going! Shortly after, they caught the horse, and it didn't interfere with my course, thank goodness!

    My main focus with the course was just not to drop Sandie on my way to each jump, to keep looking up and ahead instead of down at the jump, and not to "jump ahead" of her...I think we had some good improvement with those things, thanks to you (and others!) on this helpful forum

        07-13-2009, 08:16 PM
    Green Broke
    Awww! I love Sandie's trot. It's so adorable.

    The one thing I see (if you don't mind me saying so) is that your reins were really long the whole time.

    :) You guys are so cute together!

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