06-04-2009, 01:29 AM
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Ahhh, Pony Club! I remember the years I spent in Pony Club, and I remember PC Rally's and all that fun stuff.
There will always be nerves at comps. I've been Eventing since the 90's, and I still get nervous. It is natural and even GP level riders get nervous - so no worries.
Just be sure you are prepared. That is the best case senario to staying somewhat cool and collected. Prepare, prepare, prepare.
At the comp, make sure you walk your courses as much as you possibly can, and ride the courses in your head as much as you possibly can - prepare.
You'll be a rack of nerves your first round - but once you get over the first couple of fences, you'll forget what you were so nervous about and just go with the flow. That's how it is for me.
AND It isn't the height of the fence that counts, it is the quallity of the fence that does.
There are people who are jumping beyond what they should be, but think they are good riders because they are jumping that height - when in reality they belong on the lunge line and over x rails - I would far rather see someone do an X rail with solid form and a strong foundation, than someone doing 3'0" with atrocious balance, form and equitation.
So who cares what height you are doing - remember to ride your horse, not the fence. Rhythm, rhythm, rhythm, rhythm.
You'll do fine - it is natural to go through jitters - it happens to the best.