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My 8 y/o son's Eventing debut - Warning proud mom brag

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  • My 8 y/o son's Eventing debut - Warning proud mom brag

    Last Friday my son and our pony went to Olde Hope and competed in the Greenhorn division. They placed 2nd out of 6th - ending on their Dressage score of 25.7%. What is so great about this place is that they allow the kids to have someone with them during all 3 phases. My son refused to have a lead line on but allowed my to be next to him and only help when he needed it.

    Here are some pics of his day:


    Cross Country - Love his expression

    With their ribbon - hot, tired, and ready to go home:
    Last edited by mosmom; Jul. 22, 2008, 10:27 AM. Reason: misspelled


  • #2
    ummmmm......Can I have your pony????? They look super cute! I love his face over the cross country jump!


    • #3
      Gotta love Oldehope! Those pictures are super what a great eventing debut.


      • #4
        Welcome to the next generation!!! And please do what you can to encourage your son to stay with this...we lose so many boys to peer pressure along the way.


        • #5
          Both look super. Olde Hope was my first event, loved it. (are they still playing the ooom-pah music over the loudspeakers, though?)

          The pony really rocks.

          I love horses and ponies who have figured out that the best gig in the world is taking care of a kid.
          I tolerate all kinds of animal idiosyncrasies.
          I've found that I don't tolerate people idiosyncrasies as well. - Casey09


          • Original Poster

            Thanks everyone. It was so much fun .

            mjrtango93 - Actually yes you can have him - he is currently for sale.

            Snoopy - I think he will stay with it. He loves going xc - buth then again who doesn't. I also have a soon to be 14 y/o that rides too.

            Lori B - No oompa music but I think that was only because it wasn't the Oktoberfest event.



            • #7
              Great news. Great pictures.

              This totally renews my faith in eventing!


              • #8
                Great pictures! Congratulations!!!!
                Member of My Balance is Poo Poo Clique


                • #9
                  Originally posted by JER View Post
                  Great news. Great pictures.

                  This totally renews my faith in eventing!

                  Yes there is always something warm and fuzzy about seeing the youngsters come out and play.


                  • #10
                    Those pics are too cute! He and his pony are looking so happy and totally into each other. very nice!
                    Just because I talk slow doesn't mean that I actually AM slow.


                    • #11
                      I love watching the greenhorn division at Olde Hope - THE CUTEST THING EVER!

                      He looks so happy, to, and cute pony!


                      • #12
                        I have never heard of the greenhorn division but what a great idea! Your son and pony are very cute, I think he will be very successful in this sport


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by jump4it View Post
                          I have never heard of the greenhorn division but what a great idea! Your son and pony are very cute, I think he will be very successful in this sport
                          It is adorable - logs on the ground. About 5 'jumps' in the cross country phase and the smallest crossrails you can muster. At OldeHope, the cross country phase takes place on this path around a field that is fenced in with double fence and I have always seen parents running alongside their kids. It is very safe, but the kids still get a feel for eventing.

                          Dressage is done in the one fenced in ring, not in the bigger field with just the dressage chains. I believe Elementary is done in that ring also.

                          I love going to Olde Hope for the friendly atmosphere and great sense of safety that Jane promotes. It isn't perfect, but especially for the younger kids, keeping them safe is a very important part of the set up.


                          • #14
                            What a handsome boy, he looks like a real Pro! These pictures will be great to look back on when he is FAMOUS! Great job!
                            Kelly, Ballingard Grove
                            If you tell the truth, then you don't have to remember anything. Mark Twain


                            • #15
                              Awww... that is so cool. Good job... to both son and pony. And Mom too!


                              • #16

                                great pics! Congrats


                                • #17
                                  That is awesome, congrats to your son! He and his pony are absolutely adorable and look like they are having a blast. I can't wait to go to my first event in November, I hope we have as much fun as he did


                                  • #18
                                    Easily the cutest thing I have seen all week! What a great way to start out! Congratulations, you definitely deserve to be doing the "proud mom brag"!


                                    • #19
                                      That's so cute. He is adorable!!!
                                      Originally posted by barka.lounger
                                      u get big old crop and bust that nags ass the next time it even slow down.

                                      we see u in gp ring in no time.


                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by snoopy View Post
                                        Welcome to the next generation!!! And please do what you can to encourage your son to stay with this...we lose so many boys to peer pressure along the way.
                                        Amen to that! On the other hand, my son now really appreciates the ratio of female to male. . .

                                        Mosmom - congrats to your son! I hope he sticks with it as well!