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  • Aaron Vale crosses over to dark side

    LOL...if Marilyn Little-Meredith can do it, so can Aaron Vale. Just looking at Florida Horse Park entries for Jan. 7-8 and one of my all-time favorite jumper riders is signed up to do the horse trial! Aaron is a terrific horseman and this is going to be cool to watch! Go Aaron!

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    Fabulous!!!!

    I can think of a long list of jumper riders that I'd LOVE to see on XC! YAY!
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    • #3
      IIRC, Aaron Vale has raced over fences, either steeplechasing or point-to-point.

      This is great news. I hope this is just the beginning of a massive cross-discipline horse culture. Eventers have been show jumping at HITS Ocala for years; now it's nice to see the jumpers coming out to eventing venues.

      Also, AV is a fantastic rider. His style is very compatible to eventing, and I suspect he'll love it.

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      • #4
        I didn't think it was possible, but now I am even MORE excited to go to Ocala!
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        • #5
          Long time hunter/jumper over here secretly dying to try eventing! I think it's really great that the big names in the jumpers are getting out there to try something different. I can honestly say the most fun I ever had on my old horse was schooling xc. I just wish the courses were still open around here I think my new guy would LOVE it. Although currently far too slow to be any good.
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          • #6
            What level?
            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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            • #7
              Preliminary! I would assume he got permission to skip qualifing criteria.
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              • #8
                Then it can't be his first time (you have to have 4 NQRs at Training or above - one in the last year- to go Prelim, unless you have an exception from the Credentials/Grading committee).

                So I looked him up on the USEA web site- he was a member in 2004, they do not yet show him as a current member.
                Last edited by Janet; Dec. 20, 2011, 08:23 AM.
                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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                • #9
                  Right..once a qualified Prelim rider, always one...?

                  But he is an awesome addition...totally fun guy!
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                  • #10
                    They might have given a waiver on the "one NQR must be within the last year" , but I doubt they would let anyone go Prelim if they had NEVER evented before.
                    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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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by gold2012 View Post
                      Right..once a qualified Prelim rider, always one...?
                      Not quite. You still need one NQR at Training or above within the curent or preceding year.
                      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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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Janet View Post
                        Not quite. You still need one NQR at Training or above within the curent or preceding year.
                        Got it! So he would have had to get permission. Well, regardless, fun to have him around! He has a great sense of humor!

                        Excited for season down here to start!
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                        • #13
                          Aaron's a great guy, and one of the BEST jump jockeys I've EVER seen. He rides attacking, but not so much that it's scary (ie so many other people I know....). Good luck to him. Glad to see he's eventing!

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                            Originally posted by JER View Post

                            This is great news. I hope this is just the beginning of a massive cross-discipline horse culture. Eventers have been show jumping at HITS Ocala for years; now it's nice to see the jumpers coming out to eventing venues.

                            .
                            Could not agree more
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                            • #15
                              Very cool! Hope he does well!
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                              • #16
                                Go Aaron! Which horse did he enter on?
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                                • #17
                                  What fun! Aaron sat on my Advanced horse a few years ago trying to help us figure out a show jump issue. I'm still entertained by the story of him expertly piloting Spot over some enormous jumps in his every-which-way schooling ring, while chatting on his cell phone about how he was "ridin' a Paint horse." He was a lot of fun - I think it's fantastic if he crosses over and does a few events.

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                                  • #18
                                    I think I read somewhere that he raises dachshunds. Beside being a beautiful rider, this puts him in a top spot in my book!

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                                    • #19
                                      someone educate me please

                                      what does NQR mean?

                                      my first event was at Preliminary. that was why it was called Preliminary!
                                      but I had done Pony Club rallies...
                                      A man must love a thing very much if he not only practices it without any hope of fame or money, but even practices it without any hope of doing it well.--G. K. Chesterton

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by flutie1 View Post
                                        I think I read somewhere that he raises dachshunds. Beside being a beautiful rider, this puts him in a top spot in my book!

                                        Oh hell yeah!!!!

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