Last Friday my son and our pony went to Olde Hope and competed in the Greenhorn division. They placed 2nd out of 6th - ending on their Dressage score of 25.7%. What is so great about this place is that they allow the kids to have someone with them during all 3 phases. My son refused to have a lead line on but allowed my to be next to him and only help when he needed it.
I have never heard of the greenhorn division but what a great idea! Your son and pony are very cute, I think he will be very successful in this sport
It is adorable - logs on the ground. About 5 'jumps' in the cross country phase and the smallest crossrails you can muster. At OldeHope, the cross country phase takes place on this path around a field that is fenced in with double fence and I have always seen parents running alongside their kids. It is very safe, but the kids still get a feel for eventing.
Dressage is done in the one fenced in ring, not in the bigger field with just the dressage chains. I believe Elementary is done in that ring also.
I love going to Olde Hope for the friendly atmosphere and great sense of safety that Jane promotes. It isn't perfect, but especially for the younger kids, keeping them safe is a very important part of the set up.
That is awesome, congrats to your son! He and his pony are absolutely adorable and look like they are having a blast. I can't wait to go to my first event in November, I hope we have as much fun as he did