I was hoping for Beginner Novice this year with OTTB, but due to her having some health issues we are shooting for next year. Moving to an eventing barn this week- well horsey will be in the pasture but she that's what she prefers. Looking forward to hanging out with eventer folk and learning a lot!
Rode this season at prelim (second horse I've ridden at prelim). It didn't end in the blaze of glory as I had hoped (last few events all ended early for various, unrelated reasons), so after stewing over the winter, we'll probably do a couple of training runs to get us back in the swing of things, then try our prelim legs again. A move up to I would be nice and was seriously discussed (for the distant future) prior to our lackluster fall. Now, we'd just like to be good at prelim again.
None of the above. I was competing at Novice, and schooling training/prelim, with a hope to move up that spring when soundness issues took him from jumping all together. Now he's just flat out retired and I've been catch riding babies when I can, but not competing.
ah, there are plans and there are plans
Mine included T3d w/young horse (nope, he flipped on me instead, is now in ground pole school) and maybe prelim again with big horse (nope, got flipped by young horse, had to stop riding for a while)...
instead there was just a whole lot of training.
But I am not sure that a poll to find out what people competed at THIS YEAR really correlates to how "sound" their advice is. There are plenty of folks on this board who have lots and lots of experience -- but what they actually went out and did this year may be more about what they are sitting on then what they "know."
I find that if you spend enough time (or too much time, in my case ) reading the forum, you get a sense of who knows what they are talking about.
I think you should allow more than 1 vote or the survey should say the highest level you've competed at this year (it that's the question your asking?). Many are competing more than 1 horse and it's typically that the multiple horses may not be at the same level.
I agree with ottb, the question is a bit too vague, it should have asked for the HIGHEST level of competition you have ridden at this year.
I don't often get the impression that the advice given or suggestions made on this forum reflect a lack of expertise. I really enjoy hearing from all levels of riders. The more diverse the background we have here, the better, as far as I'm concerned. There are so many people that weigh in on this forum that may not be competing at the upper levels but demonstrate wisdom that makes them more credible than some of the big time riders I know!
This year I did one BN, one Novice, and four Training--the BN one was just a few weeks ago. Those levels are my "happy place" where I'm comfortable. It's been AGES since I rode Prelim, and I don't know if I'll ever get there again. That would take a horse who's been there before me, and right now I don't have one of those hanging around.
It's been AGES since I rode Prelim, and I don't know if I'll ever get there again. That would take a horse who's been there before me, and right now I don't have one of those hanging around.
I'm right there with ya! My new horse has given me back some of my lost confidence, but now I'M on injured reserve. I'm considering asking someone else to take over the ride on him, but it's a tough decision since I've never been just "an owner".
"Everyone will start to cheer, when you put on your sailin shoes"-Lowell George