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  • PNW: NWEC Roll Call! Need Entries!

    According to the NWEC website... they are running low on entries.

    Any COTH'ers planning on going? I'm debating my own entry right now, but would love to meet up with some folks if I do go - very few eventer friends around here and I'll likely be travelling alone.

    On that same note, if there is anyone south of Rainier interested in going that would like to trailer-pool, PM me! I'd be heading up from Salem and am happy to make a detour to pick up a horse or two.

  • #2
    I was planning on going but my horse pulled a suppensory in November so I can't take him. An the other horse that I am riding for the season won't be anywhere close to fit enough but I was hoping to go, I went last year and it was a very nice event.

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    • #3
      I got the email regarding there low entries for their Mothers Day Classic and have been toying with entering. I was planning to do an HT later in the season (mainly because I'm so inundated w/work during the summer that it's hard to get away from the barn). Any input on how the course there would rate for a young horse doing his first HT? I would certainly love to meet up with other COTHers!
      Loved. Thankful. Blessed.

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      • #4
        I'm not planning on going this year, but do plan on going to Aspen. Lucky, the course is a good one for a first timer. Very straightforward with no big surprises. There is one steep hill to navigate down so be prepared for that. Otherwise, it's really nice. I hear they're redoing their dressage arenas so the dressage phase will be on grass I believe.
        Yogurt - If you're so cultured, how come I never see you at the opera? Steven Colbert

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        • #5
          Lucky;
          it's a LOVELY course, and a beautiful setting.
          I wish I could go, but as my filly's only turning 3 and not yet started, we'll have to wait for a couple of years. See you then, though!

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          • #6
            My trainer is planning on taking a couple down, I think, and her client maybe one or two of her own horses.

            Dunno if they've entered yet. I'm just hoping to tag along to groom!

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              #7
              Well, if I can get out schooling first... we'll go. I'd wait for Aspen but it's just not in the budget for spring, especially not in the same month as Inavale.

              Lucky, technically this would be my horse's first event that I'm aware of - he's a jumper that seems to be transitioning quite nicely so far. He's more than got the flatwork down (been showing First/schooling Second), but I'd like to get him out a few times before the season starts up.

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              • #8
                I would have loved to go, but finals are the same day, and there is no getting around that in nursing school, so I am pretty bummed right now....Oh well!
                http://i405.photobucket.com/albums/p...r/DSC_1428.jpg

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                • #9
                  I wanna go!!!! Whats the date? And, where is it?

                  It would be super cool to meet fellow enthusiasts, since I have NOBODY to hang with that loves eventing as much as I do...

                  Hopefully, when Aspen turns 5 ish, (pending his readyness, although, he's so steady and reasonable) I may take him to our first trials in a year and a half. I want to go to some before hand.
                  Originally posted by dizzywriter
                  My saddle fits perfectly well. It might be a little tight around the waist, but I take care of that with those spandex things.

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                  • #10
                    Thanks for the feedback guys! This is what I was hoping to hear. My entry will go out in tomorrows mail! VERY exciting!

                    I will be alone so would really like to meet up w/others who will be there. This will be my first time doing an HT w/out a friend tagging along to help I hope I can pull it all off by myself. Regardless I'm super stoked.

                    I've heard some murmers that the footing will be a mess and I should plan to run my boy in studs. He's never worn shoes (just turned 5) and I would prefer to keep him shoeless as long as I can. Any input on if I absolutely should shoe him and get the shoes drilled and tapped?

                    Thanks!
                    Loved. Thankful. Blessed.

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                    • #11
                      OH! Where is the best/closest hotel to stay at? Found great prices in Tumwater but that seems a bit far?
                      Loved. Thankful. Blessed.

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                      • #12
                        NWEC

                        entries filled out ready to visit PO today

                        A bit hard to realize it is indeed Event Season given record rain.

                        Here's to lots of road work for conditioning.

                        Of course drill and tap for NWEC (and most area VII events)

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                        • #13
                          Lucky, saw your post and just thought I'd say hello. I'm an area vii eventer, and I actually live not too far from Rainier, so thought I'd add my two cents. I'm not riding at the event-- with this weather, I haven't been able to gallop at all, so I don't feel like my prelim mare is fit enough and the baby just doesn't have enough miles quite yet.

                          But Rainier is an excellent place for a first outing. The questions are all very straightforward-- mostly logs and inviting coops or ramps. All natural colors, and not a ton of decoration, and mostly under max height. They are completely rerouting the course this year, since some of the lower fields have recently been designated protected wetlands.

                          Footing-wise, for XC it's generally fine. You're on grass, so it's wet but the soil there drains really well, except for down on some of the lower fields-- but I'm guessing that's the new wetland area so it won't be huge deal. Some of the track that everyone uses will get mushy, but that's where taking a slightly different line comes into play, and there's plenty of room to do that! I generally have studs in, but I think that's personal decision based on what's best for your horse. Dressage and stadium are also on grass, and truthfully, I find that much more slippery than XC. But again, smart balanced turns and paying attention are key.

                          You might look in Yelm for places to stay. Or even Centralia. Welcome to the area. You and your pony will have a blast. But bring a rain slicker.
                          --Becky & the gang

                          "Anyone can slay a dragon, he told me, but try waking up every morning & loving the world all over again. That's what takes a real hero." from storypeople.com

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Lucky_Break View Post
                            I will be alone so would really like to meet up w/others who will be there. This will be my first time doing an HT w/out a friend tagging along to help I hope I can pull it all off by myself. Regardless I'm super stoked.
                            Thanks!
                            Lucky Break - I'd be thrilled to meet you! I'll be going alone and besides Outyougo, who I've known in real life for a while now (prior to COTH!) - don't know anybody going and will be travelling alone. If it's not too awkward I'd offer to help out if you need anything or just want someone to hang out with during all the down time. As for hotels, there's another thread somewhere that I think mtn trails mentioned a place to stay that was only about 7 miles from NWEC - I'll have to go look it up, I was just thinking about that myself. My eyes were a little at the thought of having to spend the same amount on a hotel as I am on the entry + stabling, but alas - that's the downfall of competing alone!

                            Cricket - look forward to seeing you out there. Who will you be riding? Do you have any students going?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Heinz 57 View Post
                              Lucky Break - I'd be thrilled to meet you! If it's not too awkward I'd offer to help out if you need anything or just want someone to hang out with during all the down time. As for hotels, there's another thread somewhere that I think mtn trails mentioned a place to stay that was only about 7 miles from NWEC - I'll have to go look it up, I was just thinking about that myself. My eyes were a little at the thought of having to spend the same amount on a hotel as I am on the entry + stabling, but alas - that's the downfall of competing alone!
                              Heinz57, EXCELLENT! It would not be awkward and as I have never had to compete w/out someone around to help, hang out with, etc it would be GREAT to meet up!!! I found a great deal on the Extended Stay hotel in Tumwater but was afraid it's too far? Maybe not. Like you I balked at the $200 price tag for a Thu-Sun stay!

                              YAYAYAYYAYAYAY! I will be SO HAPPY to have someone to chat with, maybe walk my courses with and generally have another hand if you have one to spare!
                              Loved. Thankful. Blessed.

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                                #16
                                Originally posted by Lucky_Break View Post
                                Heinz57, EXCELLENT! It would not be awkward and as I have never had to compete w/out someone around to help, hang out with, etc it would be GREAT to meet up!!! I found a great deal on the Extended Stay hotel in Tumwater but was afraid it's too far? Maybe not. Like you I balked at the $200 price tag for a Thu-Sun stay!

                                YAYAYAYYAYAYAY! I will be SO HAPPY to have someone to chat with, maybe walk my courses with and generally have another hand if you have one to spare!
                                I'm strongly considering pitching a tent, if it wasn't so likely to still be as cold as it is now. I've actually been looking at campers for the truck, thinking that if I can find a good deal on an older but usable one that it would pay for itself in just a few shows.

                                I'll PM you with my phone number, I usually check COTH regularly but don't always see PM's right away.

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                                  #17
                                  PSA

                                  I'm trying to plan a schooling trip to NWEC for this coming Saturday - the 16th. If anyone would like to go, its just me at this point. If anyone nearby/on the way wants to go - please let me know, I'd be happy to pick you up or meet you there.

                                  The weather right now says sunny and clear - here's your chance!

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                                  • #18
                                    Heinz,

                                    SO wish I could join you! I'll be on the westside but shopping for lesson horses all weekend. Blah.
                                    Loved. Thankful. Blessed.

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                                    • #19
                                      Place to Stay in Yelm

                                      The Pioneer hotel is a great place and make sure you ask for the corporate rate and you'll save a few bucks. Maybe you could camp in your horse trailer and forego the hotel altogether? I know plenty of people who do just that and think, no driving after the competitor party!
                                      Yogurt - If you're so cultured, how come I never see you at the opera? Steven Colbert

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                                        #20
                                        There will definitely be camping of some sort - I can't rationalize the cost of a hotel and the drive to and from every day!

                                        Just popped in to report back about our schooling trip Saturday - weather was lovely, footing in the main field was pretty decent but we will definitely have studs handy for the show. My jumper-turned-eventer was a total star and seemed even more relaxed galloping XC fences than he does schooling in the ring at home. He eyeballed the water the first time in, but I'm hoping now that he's gotten his feet wet it'll be no big deal.

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