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  • #41
    Originally posted by RAyers View Post
    Damn right the sun shines out my ass.

    https://m.facebook.com/reed.ayers/po...3D&mdp=1&mdf=1

    And for those who are afraid (regardless of division) this is what I tell me students: Life, fun, self confidence, self esteem live on the LANDING side of the fence so you better just go jump. It’s how I live this sport.

    And the definition of a cocktail is literally “The first course served as an appetizer at a meal.” So, drink and eat whatever you want. Cocktails are always happening after XC!
    Omg that is amazing what a perfect picture

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    • #42
      Originally posted by RAyers View Post
      Here are my criteria for eventing for going BN and lower:

      Do you have a pulse or are you currently dead? (and even that may not exclude you)
      At any point have you ridden a horse?
      Do you enjoy cocktails?
      Can you walk around an arena (both on and off a horse) 3 times?
      Has the horse been ridden at least a few times?
      Does the horse respond to a kick? Pull? Turn?

      Then you are good to go.
      I screenshoted this and sent it to my hubby, who is getting nervous about his first BN at Warhorse this weekend, while his super groom (me) is away. It was a good reminder to him that he can sit up and breathe (and also choose to drop down to maiden today if the schooling doesn't go as planned 😂)

      I think most people missed the ''and lower" part of your statement. With my old horse, going GAG would have been a massive accomplishment because he was rather terrified of being alone outside of a ring. With my new ride, BN sounds fun and she is less then a year off the track. I think it's so much about what you are on, that I took zero offence!

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      • #43
        Originally posted by RAyers View Post
        Here are my criteria for eventing for going BN and lower:

        Do you have a pulse or are you currently dead? (and even that may not exclude you)
        At any point have you ridden a horse?
        Do you enjoy cocktails?
        Can you walk around an arena (both on and off a horse) 3 times?
        Has the horse been ridden at least a few times?
        Does the horse respond to a kick? Pull? Turn?

        Then you are good to go.
        You are way politer about BN than LeGoff.

        Also, at one time, long past, I committed the 'faux pas' of using the wrong B word, and was thoroughly trashed by the COTH community.

        Still unrepentant!

        Some riders change their horse, they change their saddle, they change their teacher; they never change themselves.

        Remember the horse does all the work, we just sit there and look pretty.

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        • #44
          Originally posted by merrygoround View Post

          You are way politer about BN than LeGoff.

          Also, at one time, long past, I committed the 'faux pas' of using the wrong B word, and was thoroughly trashed by the COTH community.

          Still unrepentant!
          What's the wrong B word? Baby Novice?

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          • #45
            Originally posted by Groom&Taxi View Post

            I was going to say something similar. I am not offended at all, but I am somewhere around year 5 on a journey of trying to get to a "cross rails and small logs on the ground" level event.
            Just wanted to say I have to agree with this getting to any Eventing competition would be a huge achievement for me. I have been riding since the age of 3 with the dream of doing 3 day eventing someday. I am 23 and I have yet to formally jump a horse. I spent the last 10 of those years with my own horse but not in a lesson plan just goofing around and my horse definitely did some eventing prior to me getting her since we "jumped" (rather ungracefully on my part) multiple ditches and logs in our time together and she also could care less about water and new advanced dressage movements that I did not know how to ask for. I'm back in a lesson program but not in the US and I'm probably going to have to wait till I can move back to the US and can afford a second horse before I can learn how to jump properly or get to an actual eventing competition. So honestly BN would be amazing for me as well.

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            • #46
              I will add that at least around here....BN today is much much much different than BN 10 or even 5 years ago. No longer can you take a super green horse out at that level...and be able to have a good confidence building round. On our courses...there are no logs on the ground...everything is miniature of what you see at later levels. There will be several related distances. Houses, chevrons, fences with cut outs etc. A combination to a ditch. Houses with decent spread for the level. Stadium will have a two stride and bending lines. There really isn’t often a huge difference to novice except I plan on there being a one stride on novice. It is absolutely do able for most horses and riders as the height still isn’t substantial (for most horses—but I only take a horse once they are jumping 2’9” with some 3’ fences at home easily)....but you need to be prepared for it and need to have gone xc schooling a few times.
              ** Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip. ~Winston Churchill? **

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