Hi There! Planning My First Event! Have Questions!
Hey everyone! Long time lurker on the eventer forums. :) I am planning on venturing away from the hunterland into eventing. I am a bit (okay a lot) nervous...but want to try something new and different. I am planning on a Starter Level horse trial in May and would LOVE any and all advice.
I have shown hunters for the last 2 years...mostly over crossrails and schooled up to about 2'6". My mare is 25 and I am not comfortable pushing her any higher than that. I am getting a new horse this week...a 7 year old OTTB who is calm, quiet, and sweet. She is coursing 2'3"-2'6" and has been on a trail riding lease for the last year.
So, new to eventing horse and rider! I have groomed for a good friend at a training 3 day and loved the eventing atmosphere. Everyone seemed to be friendly, helpful, and very into good horsmanship.
My questions are:
What should I be doing to get ready for a starter trial? Conditioning, ect?
Does anyone know what to expect from the course? Will it be fairly easy in regards to terrain, ect? Is there a water jump? Does anyone have pictures or links to starter courses?
What would the jumping phase look like? Any combinations? Sharp turns?
Dressage phase: I have never done any sort of dressage. I am on the lookout for a decent starter dressage saddle. Does anyone have opinions on the Wintec? I don't want to invest a lot in a saddle, but don't want something that I will have to fight to keep a good position.
Thanks in advance for any tips and suggestions!