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i wanted to know how you guys got started??
im kinda like in the middle of switching disciplines. i wanna go from english/western pleasure to something with jumping. (im a adrenaline junky :) ) i wanna do eventing but i feel like im too late.lol im only 14 but everyone i know has been doing it since they were like 5.
well anyways im switching discplines because i got an upcoming 4 year old paint. not really trained in anything. so what a perfect oppurtunity! well now you've heard like my life story.
so let tell me yours :)

(p.s. id love to see pics of your eventers! i love pictures:) random i knoww)
 

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Pish Posh, you aren't too old to get started. I know Ladies in their 50's who are just starting out, so at 14, you're ahead of the game.

I got started through Pony Club, it was an awesome way to get into Eventing and a great way to get my feet wet. I'd look into your local pony club and talk to the "heads" about getting involved. You're not too old.
 

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i thought pony club was for younger kids. like if i was to join now woldnt i age out before i could get far? otherwise ive always wanted to join. and a new one just opened. but i dont wanna start with like a bunch of little kids!
 

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When I started, I was in my teens as well.

What they do is that they ask to see you ride and find out where you are education wise, and then place you in the level that corresponds with where you are as a rider, horseperson and your education.

I was put into C when I started.

The levels go D, D1, D2, D3, C, C1, C2, C3, B *when you get into the B's, you are getting to Coaching/Training etc, etc* and then A's - A's are the crem de la crem and a very rare % make it to that level.

Some of my friends made it to the B's, but I stopped at C3. It got too politcal for me and I wanted out.

It is a great opportunity - give your Pony Club a call and discuss your concerns with them and see what they say.
 

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thats really cool. i actually might do that. my only problem is my horse is an upcoming 4 year old, so i wouldnt want to oush it on him.
 

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The lower levels are fine for younger horses. They stress things like position and rhythm at the D level. And PC extended their membership age to 25 a few years ago. So you've got 11 years!!!

But, back to your question.. I got started in eventing when I started riding. Just happened that the closest barn to my house was an event barn :)
And I started riding at 14 and joined Pony Club at 16, but the club I was in folded when I was 17 and a C-1. Never rejoined :(
 

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I also got involved with eventing through pony club (as my sister is doing now)
You can be in until your older (24 or 25 is the cut off I believe?)but your horse is supposed to be 5 or older as pony club bases everything heavily on safety. Its definitely a great experience and teaches you a lot about all aspects of horse care and riding. My parents thank the USPC everyday for everything that my sister and I have learned about horses (since my parents don't know all too much still and rely on us for guidance!)
 

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Ah! OO, I forgot about the 5 year old thing. Good call!

Megan, you can always use a school horse for the ratings the first year or two.
 

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There's definitely no harm in using a different horse temporarily or even joining without a horse for a short amount of time if an older horse is not available as you will still learn a ton to help you get your horse ready for when they do reach 5. There's quite a few kids in PC with my sister who have younger horses so they use different ones for pc functions and it's obvious the things that they learned and took home for use on their own horses
good luck with whatever route you take to get into eventing but be careful and have fun!
 

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i too got started in Ponyclub. the place i used to ride at hosted pony club on their property. i used to use my old riding coach's horse and take her to places like "Groton Pony Club 3 Phase" which is a fun 3 phase, not so much really competitive. i quit eventing for a few years but now that i have Cutter i want to start back up in the summer. ill be 19. your not too young lol
 

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I started with my mom taking me on pony rides and trail rides. Then when I was 11 I started going to camp and taking lessons.
 

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Well, I'm going to break the chain! I started riding with a trainer and bought my first horse from her(I was 7). I wasn't good enough while I was with her to really event competativly and some stuff happened when I was about 10 and we moved to a different trainer. This one wasn't certified and TOTALLY screwed me up. Tought me SO many bad habbits it's unreal. Two years ago in August, I moved back and started training with my first trainer again. She got me back on track, helped me find a sutable eventing horse (Blue told us NOOOOOWAAAYYYY was she jumping those scary logs!) and I started really competativly eventing last season. I did two Restricted Beginner Novice's and then moved up to Beginner Novice at the end of the season. I'm lucky to have a really good school master (he compeated Pre Limb and one Intermediate I think) that takes care of me and is a great over all horse! And I have picys of him too! I know my position sucks in some of these, I was still getting over show nerves and getting used to him after 7 years of pony! (He's 16.2HH)
 

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I found a small but serious eventing barn, that was one of the main thing for me was that they were sreious about what they do. Not only did they train me and the horse but they also helped me with presintation and manners. I may only be trainning novie and showing beginer novice but it does take time to move up. It's better tho have great form and position and technuiqe and move slow then to rush through the leavles knockin veerthing down along your way. So point being I say find a great barn or find a great trainner who is willing to come out to your barn. These pictures where from a while ago, but they are there.
 

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i learned how to ride at a h/j barn when i was little, but i didnt get into showing. i got sick of the snobby barn i was at & it was way too expensive anyways [i started to work to pay for lessons when i was 6 or 7] then my family moved to a n area that was cheaper/easier to have horses & bought me & my sister a horse to share. then we just wanted to event after going to young riders so we joined PC to meet families and other kids who evented.
 

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I did event a little bit years ago but it all started when I joined PC. Started off doing my D1 and stopped at C2 I believe. My horse couldn't go any higher and I was to old at that point.
 

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i found a small but serious eventing barn, that was one of the main thing for me was that they were sreious about what they do. Not only did they train me and the horse but they also helped me with presintation and manners. I may only be trainning novie and showing beginer novice but it does take time to move up. it's better tho have great form and position and technuiqe and move slow then to rush through the leavles knockin veerthing down along your way. so point being i say find a great barn or find a great trainner who is willing to come out to your barn. These pictures where from a while ago, but they are there.
so true!
 

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I started riding dressage with Captain Heyer when I was six years old in Florida. Then, because there was so little competition for dressage then (1960's) I switched to western, still doing dressage training. Then, at 13 or so, I discovered eventing and jumping and it was all over. Did that (and still straight dressage) ever since.
 

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I know your asking for our stories, but i'll give mine in a second. My advice is to find a well known eventing barn with a good reputation, and start taking lessons, go and help groom at some eventing shows, then maybe use a seasoned eventer to show until you get the ropes, then slowly introduce your horse into the eventing world.

And you are definatly NOT too old. If you're a good rider, my guess is you would start out showing at beginner novice, where in my area(GA) is mostly 11-18 year old riders with the ocasional outlaying factors.

I got started in eventing when I was 9, and was riding at a hunter/jumper barn, the owner and my trainer had a HUGE spat, and we moved barns, where everyone who moved with my trainer became eventers. We started out with my trainer(who had evented prior to doing hunters) taking us to shows, having us volunteer to help out and get everything ready with the show. Then we started taking our horses to school at eventing facilities, then we did schooling shows, then began showing at rated shows. A few years back(when I was 11 I was ranked 3rd in beginnner novice in GA) So everything we did started me out right. You will find that almost every eventer is really nice,and willing to help you out in any way possible.

And kudos to you for bringing up the 4 year old, I did that with my last mare, I just sold her to a cute little girl wanting to start eventing.

If you have any questions feel free to pm me. I'd be happy to tell you anything.


^^That was me and my pony schooling BN



^^That was me and my TB schooling training.

I can't find any more pictures. =(

Oh, and I'm sure i speak for everyone when I say we want to see pictures of this paint.
 

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What a cute jumper that bay is!
 

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bahahahahaaha!: too old!!!!!!! hahahahaha, i stared pony club at 22! i went til i aged out at 25! that was last year! i started riding when i was 19 so ur ahead of me! eventing is great so u should definitly go for it! u can start at a training day or a clinic getting run by a club or instructor, over here in australia we can pay a day insurance and a ground fee and get out on their xc courses with an eventing instructor. but pony club is priceless! u get out there more often, if u wanna event joint and pony club with a course that way u can use it. hell, me and the older kids would go out on the course when we had a free lesson and hoon over the big jumps :)
u can always go under the guide of the more experienced eventers and enter at the lowest grade and just give it a go. make sure ur horse is not gonna be too hot our there then i suggest borrow a quiet horse or learn safety measures like the one rein stop.

but most importantly....HAVE FUN!!!!!!! it's addictive :)
 
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