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    Who all is going? I will be doing my second recognized Novice run. The thought of dressage in the indoor scares me. Excited for cross country and stadium.

    Anyone else? I know people have to be going. Its probably gonna be a scorcher.
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    Who all is going? I will be doing my second recognized Novice run. The thought of dressage in the indoor scares me. Excited for cross country and stadium.

    Anyone else? I know people have to be going. Its probably gonna be a scorcher.

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    • #3
      Yah man, I'm in! Doing BN.
      But again, shhhh, don't tell my horse---I want him to keep all his shoes on between now and then.
      Amwrider: May the fleas of a thousand camels infest their genitalia and may their arms be too short to scratch.

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      • #4
        I'll be there. I've never gone before so have no real expectations. We're doing Training, rather than Prelim, since we only did one event in April before a minor injury sidelined our season. This is hopefully our "low key, get back in the groove" event. We'll see...

        Not sure what to expect about dressage in the indoor. We school indoors all the time, but that's OUR indoor, not some OTHER indoor! The last time we rode a dressage test in an indoor, we got the comment "Sympathetic ride on an overwhelmed horse." Gulp. Hope not to repeat THAT test, thank you very much!
        "Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it." ~ Mark Twain

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        • #5
          colliemom--I feel your pain! (It's always hard to get one's horse's attention in FPP's indoor; I have yet to achieve a relaxed dressage test on one of mine in there! )

          I'll be taking my mare ("The Princess of Everything" ), and it will be her debut at Novice. (She's had 3 outings at recognized HTs at OBN this year, and is ready.)

          I'll have 4 students riding--2 in BN and 2 in NR. (It should be a hectic weekend!)

          I'll keep my eye out for Invested--who will be on foot, with her horse snoozing at home in his stall wink, wink! (SHHHH!!!) Anyway, they at least do have a farrier on site for those "last-minute shoe issues..."

          Let's hope the weather moderates a bit for us--yeesh! (It's been a rough summer...)
          "Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies."

          "It's supposed to be hard...the hard is what makes it great!" (Jimmy Dugan, "A League of Their Own")

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          • #6
            Last year I took both my horses for their first trip away from home. My youngest had a FIT when he was in the indoor. I think it wasnt the indoor as much as the fact that he could no longer see any horses. So he screamed, bucked, almost knocked over the table the judge was sitting at, almost double barreled the jeep next to the table. And all this before going down the center line. We barely got a walk across the diagonal. To my pleasant surprise, we werent last after dressge!
            It was pretty warm and muggy that weekend but it was a lot of fun.
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            • #7
              Well, at least everyone has to endure the same indoor. Makes it fair, I suppose. Are there flocks of pigeons inside? That was our biggest problem at Virginia. They were using the new indoor for the first time, it was deathly quiet, anyone who shifted their weight on the bleachers made a screeching sound, and then there were the pigeons.....

              Anyone there just look for the two collies (one tri, one sable) and either I or Mr. Colliemom (colliedad??) will be attached.
              "Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it." ~ Mark Twain

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              • #8
                Dont remember any pigeons, but its big and airy w/bleachers along one side. It's quite nice
                http://www.chronicleofmyhorse.com/profile/Jen75

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                • #9
                  Yeah, there are pigeons... (Sometimes they're more of a "presence" than other times.) The roof is metal, and there are metal bleachers alongside (and metal fence enclosing the ring.) If your horse is sensitive to "random noises", it can be quite distracting--especially if there are "screaming children running around and banging on the bleachers"; always a hazard at Frying Pan, since it's a public park.
                  Lucy Eddins always judges the tests ridden in there, and likes to sit at a table on top of a large platform (I think it's a flatbed), with her Jeep parked off in the corner of the ring. If you have the rare horse who doesn't mind all this, you're in good shape!
                  "Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies."

                  "It's supposed to be hard...the hard is what makes it great!" (Jimmy Dugan, "A League of Their Own")

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                  • #10
                    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by 2869:
                    Dont remember any pigeons, but its big and airy w/bleachers along one side. It's quite nice </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
                    I haven't been there in 20 years, did they get rid of the peacocks?
                    I rode my mare in her first test and the judge said I did a fantastic job of keeping her in the ring and remembering the test!
                    I wasn't always a Smurf
                    Penmerryl's Sophie RIDSH
                    "I ain't as good as I once was but I'm as good once as I ever was"
                    The ignore list is my friend. It takes 2 to argue.

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                    • #11
                      I think an especially difficult problem at Frying Pan is the lighting,which is through the skylights into the dark arena and produces bright areas onthe dirt, try to walk your horse through them, so , he knows it's alright, safe., just hope that in setting the ring, they did not not set it up so that that those areas t are on the center line !
                      breeder of Mercury!

                      remember to enjoy the moment, and take a moment to enjoy and give God the glory for these wonderful horses in our lives.BECAUSE: LIFE is What Happens While Making Other Plans

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                      • #12
                        t was a lot of fun. do you mean the entire experience or before going down thecenter line ?
                        breeder of Mercury!

                        remember to enjoy the moment, and take a moment to enjoy and give God the glory for these wonderful horses in our lives.BECAUSE: LIFE is What Happens While Making Other Plans

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                        • #13
                          Carol's right; this especially becomes a problem in the afternoon, when the sun is at an angle! (At the River Bend CT in the spring, it caused a lot of refusals, since there was a "square sun patch" shining directly on one of the jumps...)

                          (And they still have the peacocks, but they are a good distance away--at Kidwell Farm, on the other side of the parking lot...you can sometimes still *hear* them, though! )

                          On a related note, has anyone gotten their most recent Eventing magazine? There's an article in it by Sally O'Connor (about the suitability of cross country questions posed by courses at the N and T Levels), and the pix used are of the water complex at the DRHT! (There is also a photo of the old BN water jump--but not the new one...)
                          "Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies."

                          "It's supposed to be hard...the hard is what makes it great!" (Jimmy Dugan, "A League of Their Own")

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                          • #14
                            <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Dr. Doolittle:
                            Yeah, there are pigeons... (Sometimes they're more of a "presence" than other times.) The roof is metal, and there are metal bleachers alongside (and metal fence enclosing the ring.) If your horse is sensitive to "random noises", it can be quite distracting--especially if there are "screaming children running around and banging on the bleachers"; always a hazard at Frying Pan, since it's a public park.
                            Lucy Eddins always judges the tests ridden in there, and likes to sit at a table on top of a large platform (I think it's a flatbed), with her Jeep parked off in the corner of the ring. If you have the rare horse who doesn't mind all this, you're in good shape! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

                            Not sure how Tedi is with metal and bleachers and pigeons, but Lucy Eddins is the judge who wrote "Nice Horse!" on my last test.
                            Amwrider: May the fleas of a thousand camels infest their genitalia and may their arms be too short to scratch.

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                            • #15
                              Hey Dr. D---check your PTs.
                              Amwrider: May the fleas of a thousand camels infest their genitalia and may their arms be too short to scratch.

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                              • #16
                                Hey, not sure if anyone has mentioned it, but if your dressage is in the early afternoon, the xc runs right next to the dressage warm up. Last time I was there, it certainly made for some interesting transitions.
                                Do what you like and like what you do!

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                                  #17
                                  <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Dr. Doolittle:
                                  On a related note, has anyone gotten their most recent Eventing magazine? There's an article in it by Sally O'Connor (about the suitability of cross country questions posed by courses at the N and T Levels), and the pix used are of the water complex at the DRHT! (There is also a photo of the old BN water jump--but not the new one...) </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

                                  I noticed this too. They were kind of bashing it. It schools alright though. I will be going Novice. Look for me and my big Draft cross who goes by the name of Zeus. Black and White draft cross. You can't miss us. Hope to meet some people!

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                                  • #18
                                    Hey Invested--This is how it works, in my experience: if Lucy E likes your horse, you're golden (if she doesn't, you are "up sh$t's creek without the proverbial paddle!" ) (an aside--please send me your e-mail address so I can forward something to you--thanks!)

                                    Yeah, the warm-up next to cross country is always fun--but consider it a challenge that will prepare you for trying to keep your horse's attention in the dressage ring, LOL!
                                    (Doesn't *always* work, but I'm trying to put a "positive spin" on it... )

                                    S4Zeus--your horse sounds hard to miss! Which Novice Division are you in? I'm in ON, and two of my students are in NR--I'll have to keep an eye out for you!
                                    "Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies."

                                    "It's supposed to be hard...the hard is what makes it great!" (Jimmy Dugan, "A League of Their Own")

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                                    • #19
                                      If you show under Lucy, she definitely likes a long, loose, rein for the free walk.

                                      I have always found her very fair- with a wide variety of horses.
                                      Janet

                                      chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now).

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                                      • #20
                                        Peacocks, schmeacocks...you all had better hope they get rid of the donkeys before the event!

                                        I was schooling there a few weeks ago with a friend on a quiet Sunday. We were contemplating jumping the trakheners into the cow field, when suddenly we heard a donkey braying from the clump of trees just beyond the trakheners...

                                        This was my horse:

                                        So we thought, Oh, hmm, maybe not so much with the trakheners.
                                        Went off and schooled around, came back to front field to walk out. Two girls came flying out at us over the white gate in the fence line, shrieking and laughing....their horses were being CHASED by not one but TWO donkeys, who charged right up to the gate and stood there looking like, well, two peeved donkeys.

                                        We laughed so hard -- and I can only imagine what would have happened if we'd jumped in, only to have two wound up donkeys run after us. I would probably still be in a cast.
                                        The big man -- my lost prince

                                        The little brother, now my main man

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