Hey there and welcome to Pony Club! I'm glad you have the chance to excel in such an awesome organization. I've been a part of it for 3 years, am a C2, going for my C3 and HB in a few months here, and also am on the National Youth Board. :)
I went to champs last year for the first time as a C1 stable manager for a Training Level event team, and let me tell you, it was one of the best expieriences of my life! It was outrageously fun. If you get the chance to go, PLEASE DO!!
How does one go about qualifying? How stiff is the competition? Is it easy/hard to get there? Is nationals like a giant rally? What level are you usually at to get there?
1. To qualify, NavigatorsMom did a nice job at explaining that. I feel the same way that she does, where it didn't seem too difficult to qualify for my region as well.
2. Yes, nationals is like a giant rally, but very much intense, like an upper level rating. Formals are very harsh, but obviously fair to your level.
What's it like? Any tips, etc.?
It's like nothing else! You form so many new friendships, work together for a long hot week, and really ride hard and show off what you've got. It's soo much fun! I can't wait to go again.
If you have any questions about champs, pony club in general, studying, or even help with your next ratings, feel more than welcome to PM or email me any time! :)