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post #1 of 7 Old 01-07-2016, 11:16 PM Thread Starter
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Advice and info please !

I've been riding for 3 1/2 years now and am asking if any instructors / judges/ equestrians could tell me what the average person who has been riding for that long should be able to do ..as well if I went to a show it is a according to age group so I would be in a 15/16 year old category , so what are the avreage 15/16 year olds can do? Jump height ,leg yield turn on hind quarters etc. Just want to know where I measure up too! Thanks
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post #2 of 7 Old 01-07-2016, 11:24 PM
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You can only compare you then to you now.
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You can only compare you then to you now.
I know I have learned a lot . and people tell me that I am pretty darn good for my experience level . but am trying to see if going to a large horse show would be beneficial (would like to try and place) I have been to 1 schooling show where the people I was up against had 5 years experience and I knew more then them and could perform better as I won every class in that show . just wanted to see if I am where I should be at my level like what can moast 15 year olds do

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There simply are no "most" fifteen year olds. There are just people with different levels of experience, talent, opportunity, etc. That's all. Comparing yourself to others is one of the surest tickets to dissatisfaction with one's self for no reason. Try not to make a habit of it and you will have a happier life.
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That's not really a fair question.

A fifteen-year-old who has been riding since they were three can most certainly do more than a fifteen-year-old who has only been riding for a year.

Also, everyone progresses at different paces. I am, by all accounts, a beginner rider. However, most people would consider me at least an intermediate beginner, even though if you were to add all my riding experience together, it would equal less than two years and I've never had a formal lesson in my life. I was told by a lady I took one (informal) lesson from that she never would have thought I had never had lessons if I hadn't told her. I pick things up quickly and have a natural feel for things on horseback, plus a good natural seat. It would not, however, be fair to put me in a class with other 33-year-old riders who had been riding their whole lives.
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post #6 of 7 Old 01-08-2016, 12:37 AM
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There is no hard and fast rule Lea, because no one starts in the same place.

You have been riding 3 1/2 years, but others you ride against may have been with horses since the cradle, and others only a year.

So the only reliable guide is to go to shows and compete. Everyone wants to win that is why we compete. But you aren't going to win every time, so make sure you enjoy the process. And if you are winning all the time, you are either very very good, or you are competing way below your level, you will know which or certainly your trainer will.

And if you compete at a level where you are not placing or winning all the time . . . . that is the place you will start to learn more by watching others. Don't be the 'grumbler' that 'thinks they should have won' every time. Its not attractive and alienates you from other competitors. If you have a genuine complaint, put it in writing to the show committee.

Occasionally you will get a judge that makes a mistake, or simply doesn't like you/your horse - but that is rare. They are not 'technically' wrong so you just have to 'suck it up' and move on. I had one judge like that years ago, so we just didn't go to a show that person was judging.
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post #7 of 7 Old 01-08-2016, 07:37 AM
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Just because you won every class you entered at a schooling show doesn't mean that you know more than other competitors who have been riding longer than you.

It might well be that they were riding green horses whereas you were on a school master who made you look good.

I was judging at a small show put on for local people who had little show experience.

Someone who competed at big shows called and asked if they could enter on a very green pony.. They were told they could but hors concours.

If that girl had been riding a beach donkey she was so much better than all the other children who hadn't a clue.

I used that girl to show the other riders how to ride an individual display, it gave her pony more ring experience and the novices could learn from it.

As the experienced rider wasn't actually competing, she wasn't placed so, did it make that the other riders were better than her?
Others didn't know she was there to give the pony ring experience,

Certainly not.
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