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post #1 of 8 Old 11-02-2010, 05:08 PM Thread Starter
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long long project to visit US and the reining championship

Hi All !

First please excuse me, I don't know in wich Topic i have to post,... so i do it there.

I'm looking for informations about the way to make a nice trip in usa and so to build it (don't know if my english is clear, well i do no think so hehe).

Well,... i will be short...

My next project is to do a trip in US, in 2012. My girlfriend is fascinated by Western horse ridding and most by reining. I would like to make her a present in 2012 and organize a trip to the US for the World Championship on that discipline. It's a long long project i know, but i always do as this...

For all who understand me i need help.

I have a lot of question and i don't really know how to start.

If someone have a Well-meaning soul to help me... please help

my questions are about :

- date for championship (know google but in us for a foreigner is sometime hard even with AQHA site which does'nt work good that time)

- find nice place to live (don't want a simple BB) want to discover US culture so rather like a close in farm and a familly place to be

- general purpose and advice about US trips

please give me your advice for a first travel in USA

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post #2 of 8 Old 11-02-2010, 07:57 PM
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Zeny, I can't really help you ( many others will help, don't worry) . I don't do reining and don't know much about it, nor the championship.
However, I admire you interest and willingness to begin the planning process so early.
Where are you from? Do you ride ? Own horses? What kind of riding do you do?
Just curious.
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post #3 of 8 Old 11-03-2010, 05:45 AM
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(Bumping this for zeny since it was posted in the wrong forum initially and was probably missed by many)
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post #4 of 8 Old 11-03-2010, 07:27 AM Thread Starter
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i was bumped? probably for my own interest i didn't know where to post so if you place my post for me in the right category thx very much. Hope I'm not too heavy i don't have the habit to write on forums just read them.

Thanks to have take the time for your answer...

I don't do reining too ! and i'm not a great 'knight' looking for the word... in fact i'm french.
As i told you before it's my girl friend who is really in love with horses. She have a QH name "success yourself" we call him "booby" (english spoken people smile with that i know) but he is a stallion, he is now 7yo i believe. She takes care of him since his 3yo. She is working a lot with voice (i'm clear ?) and she's totally fascinated by the reining ? She discover that discipline and the QH since 7 years now and ... well you know what's passion ... hehe

We also have an other horse, he was 'breeded' for race, in france we have a lot of that (horse race) as british... but he was not good enougth, said the chrono, so he had to go to the butcher, Adeline (my gf) decided to buy him and save him. It was hard to 'drive' him fist, because of his past of runner (in french a trotteur in english it can be translate as trotter?)... now he lives a lucky retreat and he is a good partner for cool riding, what i do just 'walks'.
that was for details about me...
'Bellevue' it sounds so frenchy, but you probably know that, hehe 'niceview' could be a great translation.
thanks for your interest, and sorry once again my english is so vague...
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post #5 of 8 Old 11-03-2010, 02:29 PM
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In 2010 the NHRA derby was June 21-26 in Oklahoma city, they don't have anything about the 2011 derby posted yet, but I'd bet it's around the same time.

Coming up November 25- December 4 is the NRHA futurity in Oklahoma city, but I'm sure you want something for next year.

They have a European futurity March 22 - April 3 2011 that you may be interested in so you wouldn't have to travel so far. The website is here:
NRHA European Futurity

If you would like any information on these things I've posted or cannot access the websites, just let me know and I'll get the info for you. :)

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. ~Harriet Tubman
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post #6 of 8 Old 11-03-2010, 03:48 PM Thread Starter
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Hi Eliz,

thanks for your precisions about NRHA derby, i knew for european calendar and i think it will be a event we will see.
In fact my project is also to go in USA, have a different 'vision' discover the american way of life also. Europe is a sort of Union states and the cultures are of course differents but...., how to say that, hum, it is a bit if you go to an other state in US for you. Need that cultural shock, need to see how you live, how it works, can't see that in Europe it's just... 'standard' ... well it's a other thing. I know that 2012 calendar is not fix yet. It's a long long project as i said, that's why i ask a lot of questions, I would like to 'live' that project so i'm looking for the best issues to realize that. Find a motel is not a problem, but it's not what i'm looking for... trying to find something else, a 'familly life', a US farm life, yep that's what interest me, spend two weeks in US but not in a tourist bizness, i look for something real as it can be (hope i'm clear again), that's my project.
thanks for your answer
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post #7 of 8 Old 11-06-2010, 10:13 PM
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Your english is fine, don't worry about that! ;)
It is hard to find information for the 2012 competitions because the schedules are so tentative. Usually the tickets for the championships are only about 25 or 30 US dollars.

As for the housing situation, I could probably help you research some cabins or ranch houses that welcome tourists. If the championships are still in Oklahoma by the year you want to come, I know there are places that you can stay on ranches and people will even take you on trail rides and tell you about the Native American and Cowboy lifestyle. I also have a few friends that would have no problem housing & educating foreign people, though I'm not sure how personal you want to get ;)

I would recommend getting some general information such as researching how much the trip would cost. Shoot for that goal, then when it comes closer to time you can plan out the finer details such as where specifically you would stay.

If you need any more information, I'm here to help! :)

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. ~Harriet Tubman
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post #8 of 8 Old 11-07-2010, 01:56 AM
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My city, Bellevue, is a very typical midsize American city; BORING! It is modern, has no real history and not a good nightlife. But, it is clean and safe and has good schools and lots and lots of green areas (forest). There are a lot of parks and lakes and mountains not far away. It is a comfortable place to live. Not a lot of horses, though. Not like Arizona or Texas or California.

In our area I think there are more people riding English style or Dressage, more than Western style. We don't have as strong of a "horse" culture as other western states.

You are correct in that American culture varies a lot from region to region. ( I am especially reminded of that every time we have an election )
I, myself, have not travelled to all of the states that I would like to see. The US is so large that it's hard to see all of the states.
When you come, you will want to choose just a few locations and spend some time in each. If you try to see too many places, too far apart, you will not get a good connection with the people of any one place.
I think you will find Texas or Arizona or Oklahoma to be much more interesting, as they are VERY different from France.

I know that reining is popular in Germany but I did not know it is popular in France. Is it hard to find the tack (equipment). I mean the Western style saddles and such.? Maybe when you come to visit you will be able to buy a good Western saddle and shiip it home to France.

Have you heard of Couch Surfing? Google "Couch Surfing", ok?
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