05-09-2009, 12:10 AM
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Well - let me get more particular for you eventerdrew
1) Stadium Jumping is nothing compareable to CC
2) CC is nothing compareable to Stadium Jumping.
What I mean by that is - you can NOT jump a CC fence the same way you would a stadium fence. You can't approach a CC fence the way you would a stadium -
These are two completely different venues, two different styles of riding, two different worlds.
The terrain is much different, as we obviously know. And the fences are as well - which doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure that out - lol.
So, what do you prefer to ride?
Me - point me at a 3'0" CC fence and I'll do it without a blink of an eye. Point me at a stadium - competely different reaction out of me.
For me - CC fences are welcoming, inviting, natural, homey. Stadium - open, spacoius, not inviting, intimidating - bleh. I do it because I have to, but I don't enjoy it.
When I do flat work - I would far wrather do it out on the CC course, out on that well groomed ground, between the fences - I just feel at home out there. I am happy as a clam just being out on that cc course.
When I was a working student at the Eventing/Fox Hunting Barn - I would walk out into the middle of the CC course, sit on a fence and eat, while looking at every single fence in detail.
There have been days where I would get on my horse, ride out into the middle of the CC course, and just stood there looking at the fences with this huge grin on my face.
There is no better feeling in the world.
When I look at my horse, I get this over exuberant feeling of pride. He is one athletic, all round horse who is unstoppable when he does his job. He is my wings.
When I close my eyes, all I can see is Nelson and I Hand Galloping between each fence out on a CC course.
Let me ask you - what are these 2 sports to you?