Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
The first thing you need to do - is find a Quallified, Experienced Eventing Coach to work with you. This is not a sport to just venture into, without proper education, training and conditioning.
This is a sport that demands respect - 100%. These fences do not come down, you do - that is why it is very important that you train with an experienced grounds person, before you even consider entering an event.
If you cannot ride a stadium fence cleanly, smoothly, rhythmically, functionally with solid form - you have no business going over a cc fence.
You have to learn how to ride the terrain. The terrain is not the same as the terrain in an arena.
You have to learn how to approach a CC fence - for it is not the same as you would a Stadium.
You have to have a solid, courageous, reliable mount under you - you have to give your horse the necessary training to be fair to him/her.
You have to have an exceptable conditioned level for both you and your horse.
As much as I LOVE to hear about new comers, venturing into the sport I have such passion for - do not forget that you are not only representing yourself, your horse, your coach - but you are represnting all those who take this sport seriously, through thorough training and conditioning and preperation.
Also all the spectators.
This is not a sport to venture into without thorough preperation - knowledge, trianing, physcial. Therefore, give it the respect it demands and deserves.
There have been far too many accidents in the season of 08' and I'd hate to see that repeat in 09' - be prepared.
The most important is a Certified, Approved Vest. A vest that has the mark of approval through ASTM and SEI. Must be minimally Beta Level 3 for the appropraite level of protection.
Any vest that is not certified, approved - don't wear it, don't buy it. They do not offer the level of protection needed.
Of course - you know the rest of needed equipment. :) :)
Proper leg protection for your horse, but of course :)
Represent, Educate, Prepare, and train accordingly and most important - Respest.
All of this, you will learn under a Quallified, Experienced Eventing Coach. :) :)
I wish you all the best.
Be safe, be educated, be prepared and have fun.