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post #11 of 17 Old 11-15-2012, 09:57 PM
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Excellent! Yr is an excellent goal to have in mind. I know several people who were on teams and loved it. If you don't mind me asking, If you're showing at 3"3 and looking to do yr, why are you looking at ponies and babies? Yr is 1.45-1.50 and I realize very few people will have one horse that takes them to that level... But I'd at least be looking for a 1.40 horse.
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post #12 of 17 Old 11-15-2012, 09:58 PM Thread Starter
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I'm not allowed to buy another horse hehe, but I know a thoroughbred I can lease. My friend has jumped her 4' and she could easily go higher. I guess I like ponies... my current pony (14.1) is jumping 4'3. (:
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post #13 of 17 Old 11-16-2012, 11:13 AM
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EAP is a program that was created to build the opportunites you are seeking, and you should consider it. This program can get you noticed, as it did the current Maclay and USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals East winner.

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I agree with what's been said by upnover. It's a lot of hard work, a lot of hard days, and to be frank, a lot of money. I would suggest finding a working student position with a reputable trainer/facility, which may mean relocation. If you're in school, look for a summer intern position and ride as much as possible during fall, winter, and spring. A WS position will teach you the true ropes of the business, while giving you ample riding time and exposure to trainers and clients that come through. You'll also be put on a wide variety of mounts. If you want to be at "the top," wherever that may be, you need to be able to ride any horse you're asked to.

Yardandgroom.com has horse related jobs (including WS positions) if you're interested. Good luck!
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post #15 of 17 Old 11-20-2012, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
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Awesome, thankss(:
I'm thinking about Maclay next year, how do I qualify?
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post #16 of 17 Old 11-20-2012, 09:52 PM
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At rated shows there is a maclay class you enter. Depending on how many are in the class you get a certain number of points if you ribbon 1-4th. For example, if there are 16 or less people in your class and you win you get 10 pts. Your points accumulate and if you get a certain number you qualify for regionals. I think there are something like 7 regional competitions in the country. From there they take the top 150 from all the regionals across the country and those qualify for finals. Finals is usually around the end of oct and all the people who qualify (and want to) come and compete.
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