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  • I got a scholarship...

    The Indiana Eventing Association gave me a $500 scholarship toward riding endeavors. (YAY ME!) What would YOU do with it?
    Yes, I ride a pony. No, he would not be ideal for your child. No, he is not a re-sale project...

  • #2
    Depends on what your current training regimen is. If you have a trainer that you love maybe double up on lessons. If there's an instructor that you admire, but maybe couldn't justify the cost before, go to them a few times. Or, consider a clinic that you were on the fence about. Whatever you choose, Congratulations!
    "Everyone will start to cheer, when you put on your sailin shoes"-Lowell George


    • #3
      clinic clinic clinic! Congratulations!
      The Little Red Mare: French Curve

      and my non-horse blog: oh, rebecca!


      • Original Poster


        A little background...
        I'm in grad school and have no "program" I get to ride once a week at the moment and am hoping I can up it to 3 times a week this summer. I take lessons occasionally when I feel like I can spare the money. (I do, however, own my horse... Wee Dee Trrr.)

        I'm trying to be creative and think of ways to stretch this money as far as I can, so I'd love ideas from you guys.
        Yes, I ride a pony. No, he would not be ideal for your child. No, he is not a re-sale project...


        • #5
          I think that if I had a choice between bi weekly lessons and one big clinic I'd chose lessons. I progress much faster if the information overload is spread out over time and biweekly lessons works for me. I have time to ride on my own and make some progress with what I learned and then I can move forward in the next lesson. If I have a show I'll take a few back to back lessons.

          Depending on what I needed the most work on I might alternate them with a dressage lesson, jumping lesson, and maybe a few XC schools.

          Since you aren't close to your horse right now you could also consider finding someone with school horses and making some progress on them.


          • #6

            With $500 in my hand I'd go to a trainer who's close enough to be practical (and whom you like, of course) and ask THEM what $500 would pay for, after you discussed with him/her the horse's current progress and your goals. If you offer some of your time in exchange, you might be able to stretch the $500 even further, maybe a summer's worth of weekly lessons with a couple of XC schooling opportunities, for instance.
            Click here before you buy.


            • #7

              From a fellow recipient!...

              I decided to use it on local coaches. While clinics are nice, they're short term. SO mine goes to approx 20 lessons instead of 2 or 3 at a clinic. I also felt that since Indiana E.A. offered the scholarship, I would like another Indiana coach to benefit from it.

              I still plan on doing some clinics, but I've earmarked this scholarship for more long term lessons.
              I love my OTTB! I get my dressage test done faster!


              • #8
                Hello from another central Indiana eventer!

                I personally think it's fate that Wofford is teaching a clinic at the HHP the same year you got the scholarship, but that's just my wistful self talking. Congratulations on the scholarship!
                www.cobjockey.com - Eventing the Welsh Cob


                • Original Poster

                  Jimmy Wofford Clinic

                  I would have LOVED to do that clinic. However, I am getting married that weekend
                  Yes, I ride a pony. No, he would not be ideal for your child. No, he is not a re-sale project...


                  • #10
                    There used to be that cabin on the way to the HHP XC course. I was there during IEA I think when someone was getting married. Although I am not sure that the prelim event horses felt the same way about the flowing wedding dress that I did, it would have been a niffty option!


                    • #11
                      Get married at the clinic! The arch thing that you stand under can be a super high single-pole verticle, your bouquet could be some flowers from a flower box in the showjumping ring, your ringbearer could be your horse, the flowergirl could be the clinician (if the clinician isn't a girl, buy 'em a wig) and so on and so forth...


                      • Original Poster


                        As hilarious as that would be, I'm going for a slightly more traditional wedding. (Only slightly).

                        I also thought about doing the Dorothy Crowell clinic in March, but it seems I have a obligation that weekend too. Man, the first time I have money to to ANYTHING horsey in a while and I can't seem to make the timing fit. lol
                        Yes, I ride a pony. No, he would not be ideal for your child. No, he is not a re-sale project...


                        • #13
                          I guess a wedding is a good excuse. Keep us posted on what you decide, it sounds like you have a lot of good options.
                          www.cobjockey.com - Eventing the Welsh Cob


                          • #14
                            One word--Camp.

                            Cob jockey--I already suggested holding the wedding at the Wofford clinic and she nixed it. I don't know what is wrong with her priorities.


                            • #15
                              I agree -CAMP!
                              (and camp 1 so you can ride with me)

                              Congrats! So very happy for you!


                              • Original Poster

                                Unfortunately, by the time I know my clinic (school) schedule the camps will be full. If they are not already.
                                Yes, I ride a pony. No, he would not be ideal for your child. No, he is not a re-sale project...