Moving Up Levels: How fast is too fast?
I am a pretty new competitor, and have only been to a couple events ever. Even though I am new to the show ring, I have schooled and worked with horses at training and a bit of prelim.
My current horse is a 6 year old Iberian warmblood who has never been to a horse show at all. Well, actually he really hasn't even been started jumping yet. (we're moving up from crossrails)
I was hoping that if I could work hard the rest of this year, and next I'd have him ready for some Beginner novice next spring, and possibly be doing novice at the end of 2013, and move on to Training in 2014. (assuming I make it to several shows both years)
But, for a horse that is a baby when it comes to jumping, would that be too fast? Should I dedicate one whole year for each level?
I know some people who never move on from beginner nov, or nov or have been staying at training level for years before moving up.
Part of me feels that this is too fast, because he is still young, but another part of me feels like it shouldn't be a problem for him, he has a great mind and is a very fast learner.
Another thing that made me think about this was this video, from Doug Payne. He brought Running Order from Novice to CCI**** in 4 years.
any input is appreciated :)
Edit - I don't want anyone to think I am comparing myself to Doug Payne!!! I am years and years away from getting to that high of a level :D