Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
Good question -
A rider should always school higher than what they are going to compete at, especially for Eventing.
For example, as you stated, if you are going to compete Beginner Novice - max 2'6", you should be schooling Novice.
Reason being, is because those CC fences are intimidating. If you prepare yourself and your horse physically and mentally over Novice Fences, then when you compete BN - you aren't over faced. You aren't stressed, nervouse, intimidated by the BN fences.
If you learn to ride Novice terrain and fences, then BN terrain and fences come to you much simpler, with ease, and - you can have fun.
Regardless of what Eventing Coach you have *any good one that is* will school you 1 level above what you are competing.
That is how is should be with Hunter/Jumpers as well. If you are competing 2'6", then at home, you should be schooling 2'11".
Get what I am saying.