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post #21 of 32 Old 07-07-2014, 06:48 PM
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Heck NO!!!! Oh how I wish I was 30 again. I was still showing at 69yrs and wouldn't have stopped except I didn't have the right horse for it. I now have a new horse and am thinking of getting back into showing at 73 yrs. The joints creak and the knees hurt but I think I can do it, just wish I had a decent place to do some schooling.
Go for it, you certainly won't be the oldest person competing.
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post #22 of 32 Old 07-11-2014, 11:23 AM
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NO WAY!!! I just went and watched my friend compete in amateur division hacking last weekend and guess who came first??? A 38 year old lady who said it was her first show ever! As long as your physically capable and mentally stable ;) you can compete
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post #23 of 32 Old 07-11-2014, 11:49 AM
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There was a woman in her 70s still competing in dressage in Australia a few decades back, and very successfully. This was even though her vision was starting to deteriorate.

I read an interview with her where she discussed that the loss of vision was progressive and she would soon be blind. The interviewer asked her what she'd do then. She replied, "Then I can be a judge."
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post #24 of 32 Old 07-11-2014, 11:58 AM
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Definitely not! There is usually adult classes at lots of shows.
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post #25 of 32 Old 07-11-2014, 11:59 AM
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as long as your physically capable and mentally stable ;) you can compete
No one who competes is mentally stable....I mean what sane person spends *COUGH* amount of dollars travelling to a show, paying entrance fees, etc etc just for a 'cheap' ribbon......yeah, not mentally stable at all.

It does help if you are the right kind of crazy...HORSE CRAZY
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post #26 of 32 Old 07-11-2014, 12:54 PM
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Hi!

You are NEVER too old to show! A couple years ago I had a 64 and 71 year old come to me and ask if I would accept them into my training facility! I still have them riding for me today!

You can find "mature" shows or "open" shows.. They seldom compete but when they do it is in "open" shows!

Enjoy your horse, even winning isn't everything. And don't ever let anybody discourage you.
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post #27 of 32 Old 07-11-2014, 06:53 PM
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( No one who competes is mentally stable....I mean what sane person spends *COUGH* amount of dollars travelling to a show, paying entrance fees, etc etc just for a 'cheap' ribbon......yeah, not mentally stable at all.

It does help if you are the right kind of crazy...HORSE CRAZY )

Golden Horse I like what you said, when I was showing and one day I came home so proud of the ribbons that I had won that day my husband started to calculate just how much these ribbons cost me and asked " wouldn't it be cheaper just to buy the ribbons?"
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post #28 of 32 Old 07-11-2014, 06:58 PM
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LOL, sorry to hijack the thread, but I won a very nice garment bag at one show, someone said, oh that's worth some bucks. Hah, if I would have stayed home, I would saved over $100 in diesel, $75 in entry fees (in all fairness I did win those back in the stakes classes) I could've bought that garment bag AND GARMENTS to put in it!
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post #29 of 32 Old 07-11-2014, 07:20 PM
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Yup, that's why I no longer compete. Having a house of our own was kind of important! But I still have loads of fun with my horses, and I just might compete again as a granny!
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post #30 of 32 Old 07-11-2014, 08:03 PM
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I am a granny, I have disposable income, lol!
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