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Stoddard 07-18-2012 11:26 AM

How to find a place to train?
 
I was wondering how hard it typically is to find a place with a legitimate XC trainer. I'd really like to at least try it, and if I like it, do it with April after some jumper shows. Any advice?

(Am I driving any of you nuts with this how-to stuff, yet?)
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kindraeventing 07-19-2012 10:53 PM

So I see from your signature that you're in Nebraska. I suspect that you might have a hard time finding a true eventing instructor. You can always check this website to see if there are any certified instructors within driving range.

http://useventing.com/education/icp/...structors-area

I know that there is one event, Feather Creek, down in OK. (I'm in Kansas, so we've gone down a few times) You could contact the owners about training, I think they offer lessons? They might also know if there are any trainers around?

http://www.feathercreekfarm.com/

You could also ask around to see if you could find any straight jumping instructors. I don't know if you jump or not, but if you don't you definitely don't want to start out on XC.

I feel your pain, trust me, often times we've had to trailer 1.5+ hours just to get good jumping instruction.
Good Luck!

Stoddard 07-20-2012 10:07 PM

Nebraska? No, North Eastern Oklahoma.

kindraeventing 07-21-2012 06:52 PM

Whoopsies...I meant OK. :lol:

Stoddard 07-21-2012 06:53 PM

LOL, okay, now that we're unconfused. xD That's a bummer there isn't many barns. I had a feeling. Not a lot in my area.

EDIT: It's all the way in Norman! Maybe if we do move that way. :P

kindraeventing 07-21-2012 06:57 PM

If you ask around at local shows and such you might find a trainer or a place that you didn't know about. But ya, being an Eventer in the Midwest can really suck sometimes. :D But it really is worth it!

Stoddard 07-21-2012 07:02 PM

I don't know many barns or any trainers around her who could point me that way. Sigh. :/

kindraeventing 07-21-2012 07:09 PM

Hmmm...That's tough. I guess just keep your eyes open. Do you jump already? If so you could already start working on things that you'll need on XC. (Changes of pace, coming back from a gallop to jump, balance over fences, stuff like that)

Stoddard 07-21-2012 08:34 PM

I have jumped before and shown in jumpers once. :)


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