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post #1 of 10 Old 11-05-2012, 08:35 PM Thread Starter
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Olympic Dreams...

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I'm an olympic wannabe in Eventing. How can I make my dream come true? I'm 14, been riding for 5 years, jumping 3'9 but jumped 4'3 in a lesson a few weeks ago. I lease a horse, and I have a job training horses. I ride the greenies about 2-3 times a week. I'm in Pony Club, but i'm a D2 as I just joined. I'm taking lessons from Peter Rayne, he gratuated Pony Club and teaches eventing lessons for pony clubbers. I will start taking lessons from Peter again next spring and through fall, then in winter from my other trainer. I've been researching it quite alot. My plan is to get my C2 in pony club next year (i'm currently a D2, but I just joined so I will be taking my D3 in a week), start competing in rated jumper/dressage shows and recognized events. I live in Wi, so not many eventers around me, i'm taking lessons once a week and riding Desi (lease) 2-3 times a week otherwise. Next year my pony club is going to qualify for PC nationals, hopefully compete at Training level. Hopefully will be competing at Training next year and 2013, after nationals (if we do good) I am hoping to go Prelim. on Desi or my trainers TB
after that. Once I get my H-B and C3 I want to start showing at 1*/2* events, like NAJYRC (2*). I wanted to be a show jumper about a month ago, but now I have switched to eventing. I found stuff about qualifying for SJ.
How does my plan sound?
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All I have to say is pace yourself. Don't rush or you might miss the small things along the way. You have your whole life a head of you and a lot of Olympians don't get there til they are in the 20-30s (if I believe so) nd you have your whole like ahead of you.
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post #3 of 10 Old 11-06-2012, 08:35 PM
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Since I'm not very familiar with the Olympics, all I can say is to work as hard as you can and persevere.
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post #4 of 10 Old 11-09-2012, 08:59 PM Thread Starter
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Well I emailed the USET about qualifications.
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My mom and I made an agreement.
I can ride 4 times a week and do more clinics. (one lesson a week) IF I do better on my school (got all A's on my last tests!).
My parents are thinking about going to Rolex next year, so then I could do course walks, talk to pros, and learn from watching. Ughh so excited!
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It's great that you have a dream and a plan. Very fortunate that your parents are in agreement.

Have fun on your journey and we'll be watching for you in 2020 and/or beyond.
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Thank you!
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Their is no age limit for the equestrian events take your time and you might find going pro is going to work better then the Olympics
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post #9 of 10 Old 11-10-2012, 10:37 AM
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The first thing you need to do is to give your parents each a huge hug and a thank you for supporting you and your dreams. So few people have that. I showed horses for years and every week would bring home a few trophies. My parents never came to see me and seemed mostly bored with the whole thing when I spoke to them about it. It wasn't there thing.

It sounds like you already know what to do and it sounds like you have the love and support and encouragement of people who love you. Never forget how important that is to have. Good luck to you.
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post #10 of 10 Old 11-10-2012, 10:43 AM Thread Starter
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Oh, don't worry about the hugging part. ;)
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