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    09-14-2010, 10:32 PM
Hunter Jumper Catch Rider

I am interested in catch riding on the rated Hunter-Jumper circuit. I have shown successfully for years and I am selling my horse because I will be off to college in the Fall of 2011. I am going to be riding on the Equestrian Team in college and I would like to get a chance to ride some horses and show in the meantime. Anyone interested? I am only 5'4", so I still easily fit on medium or larges. I have schooled many Warmblood babies for a woman in my area, ages 2-5. I am willing to provide video and I would consider traveling for work. I am located in Central PA.
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    09-15-2010, 09:34 PM
Green Broke
The best way to get into catch riding is to contact the local trainers (or better yet, have your trainer contact them). Catch riding is difficult to get into unless you already have a name for yourself, so it's best if a reputable professional can back you up in your skills until people in the area know who you are. And even still, they may have a list of riders already in the barn who would be dying to show a horse for someone.

Also, are you over 18? You can't show in pony divisions over 18 y/o.

And I don't know if you want to keep catch riding in college, you may want to look into the rules of your equestrian team. I'm pretty certain most are VERY strict about being you being an amateur... which means you cannot get ANY sort of payment for riding/showing a horse (money, board, a hotel room, ANYthing).
    09-16-2010, 06:47 AM
Yes, thank you. I understand all of the above. I am not 18 (just turned 17 actually). I am not going to be riding on a PIAA team. It is Division 3 and for Equestrian Sports, D3 is not yet recognized by PIAA. I do not really live in an immediate area that is flourishing in the horse world. Therefore, that is why I said I would be willing to travel. Thanks so much for your insight. It is always good to hear others' opinions. If you don't mind me asking, are you in a trainer, owner, rider, or position? I just wonder what viewpoint you have?
    09-19-2010, 07:02 PM
Upnover has it right. You need to network. Make friends, offer to ride/school for other trainers and get your name known. Are you already showing As? This will help.

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