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The Ark FEH/YEH/NEH August 12th

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  • The Ark FEH/YEH/NEH August 12th

    Since I was 'promoting' the FEH/NEH/YEH at Cedar Ridge Farm in GA, I didn't want to leave out The Ark's (NC) FEH/NEH/YEH!

    The Ark has always supported it's competitors and when asked to include the NEH in their program, they stepped up and included it and ran it with very limited entries the first time (2 of us). And I believe they only had one entry earlier this year.

    It's the only other venue that offers these programs that is close enough to Area III (well, some of us in Area III) to make it doable.

    I'm thankful to The Ark and Abbey for supporting their competitors.

  • #2
    I just moved to Charlotte and never been to The Ark (or any of the EH series). Since its in my neck of the woods, I'll definitely will be down there to spectate and maybe snap a few pictures.

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    • #3
      I'll miss the Ark

      I've really enjoyed volunteering at The Ark, sadly I won't be able to help with this one. Cheers to all, and I agree with the OP- The Ark is great!

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      • #4
        This will be a wonderful show for all the young horses, and I highly encourage everyone to enter! The JMP Farm/Glenbaer contingent should be there, including JER's 4yo gelding and bornfreenowexpensive's 5yo mare. A couple of our new young-but-not-young-enough greenies will also be entered in the NEH class. (And this year, the goose population and one wallaby will be returning home with us. )

        We are very much looking forward to participating in this great opportunity! Many, many thanks to Abbey and the Wylies for offering this show!
        www.glenbaer.com

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          #5
          Where's that LIKE button when you need it? LOL I'm so looking forward to being there again and to get to see Abbey. I'm so glad that the Wylies and she worked out something for her to still be involved after she moves.

          The Ark competitions just wouldn't be the same without Abbey!

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          • #6
            Hoping to be there with a yearling and a 2yo at least....

            Jennifer
            Third Charm Event Team

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            • #7
              Am considering bringing my yearling and my big guy. Aren't they having a schooling CT too?

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                #8
                The Ark

                Holly, they are having a schooling show on Saturday, Aug. 11th with the USEA FEH/NEH/YEH on Sunday.

                Hope to see you there! Are you still doing Cedar Ridge as well?

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                • #9
                  planning on it, but it'll just depend on how things are going
                  thanks!

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                    #10
                    The 'checks' are in the mail!

                    I posted our entry for the 3yr old FEH this morning. Sort of a sad moment. Our last FEH @ The Ark....I can't imagine ever having another one young enough to do FEH again. Of course, being a horse person of the Event variety...you never know. The upside is...they run NEH! Yay! 'Cause Encore is not going to be ready for YEH.

                    Ok y'all, get those entries filled out and mailed and let's have a great showing.

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                    • #11
                      As Glenbaer said, my wonderful 4YO will be there.

                      I love venues like the Ark, and I'm so grateful that organizers are willing to take on the daunting task of hosting a FEH/YEH/NEH.

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                      • #12
                        JER:
                        did you know there's a small group up here trying to get YEH/FEH competitions up and running up here? There should be at least 2 competitions in BC alone this year (I'm trying to get a 3rd organised) and some in Ontario too. From the sounds of it the organisers could really do with some support and encouragement.

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                          Originally posted by fanfayre View Post
                          JER:
                          did you know there's a small group up here trying to get YEH/FEH competitions up and running up here? There should be at least 2 competitions in BC alone this year (I'm trying to get a 3rd organised) and some in Ontario too. From the sounds of it the organisers could really do with some support and encouragement.
                          Oh, what good news!

                          I haven't heard anything about this but would be happy to help. At the moment, I don't have any youngsters in BC but that status is highly subject to change.

                          One of the reasons I sent Danny to NC is that there wasn't enough for him to do in BC or really any way to get him out and be seen as a fledgling eventer. It would have been quite easy to sell him as a Children's/AA hunter, however.

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                          • #14
                            Thanks for the support, Mary! It will be interesting organizing this first set of shows from a distance--but Jeff has graciously agreed to fly me down to actually run them. For those entering the NEH/YEH, I'm planning to use basically the same jumping tracks as the spring, but give everyone options to do a few bigger jumps (i.e. BN for the NEH, N for the 4yo, and T for the 5yo) to accommodate those who are doing championships in September (where the jumps will be MUCH bigger!). [BTW, if anyone wants a copy, just email me and I'll send it.]

                            I might also decide to run the baby (4yo), but the more she matures, the more obvious it becomes that she's really more suited for Dressage than eventing (conformation-wise). Of course, I can't let Fleckenawesome's baby be the ONLY spotted representative at the show!

                            Abbey

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                              FEH at the Ark

                              We will be there with some combination of 4 horses for the FEH. Probably a 3yo and 3 yearlings. Thank you Abbey for your dedication to the youngsters!
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                              • #16
                                Would love to come and bring down some babies! Quick question about the NEH...even though I should probably know this, is it open to horses who've never done a recognized BN or horses who've never done a recognized Novice? I wasn't quite clear on that.
                                Cady O' Daly Farm
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                                  #17
                                  Yes, I noticed the two different standards for the NEH. The Ark's website says USEA BN but the USEA page says Novice.

                                  I'm sure that Abbey can clear this up for us.

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                                  • #18
                                    In regards to the previous two questions, I think the USEA contradicts themselves a bit:

                                    "NEH classes are intended to assess a horse’s capability for Eventing and to provide a stepping stone TO recognized Eventing": Implies that the horse has not completed a recognized HT.

                                    "Fences must be between 2’3”-2’7” and should at no time be more difficult than the specifications for a Beginner Novice competition": This statement has been tweaked since we ran in March, when it was a MAX of 2'3", and again implies that the course should be set for horses just becoming ready to do BN.

                                    "Horses in the NEH may be cross-entered at Beginner Novice or Novice at a recognized horse trials occurring in conjunction with the NEH class": And now this reads as a total contradiction...if they are entered at Novice, why on earth would they need a "stepping stone" competition set at no more than BN standards to determine if they're ready to do recognized HTs??

                                    I argued with the USEA last year about the membership requirements for horses and riders...if this program is meant to allow someone to 'try' eventing to see if it's a good fit for themselves or their horse, requiring $100+ in membership fees on top of entry fees is crazy (and probably a HUGE reason these classes aren't more popular--it's so much cheaper to go to a local unrecognized HT).

                                    Long story short, events are allowed to add other sub-divisions than what is usually done, and we chose to limit it to horses who haven't gone RECOGNIZED beginner novice. Frankly, since the jumps are mostly 2'3", I didn't think anyone who had gone BN or N would want to do it...but if I'm wrong, and riders out there want to compete at our event in August who have done a USEA HT at BN, please let me know, and I'll waive the restriction for everyone.

                                    Abbey

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                                      #19
                                      Thanks for the update

                                      Abbey, I'm sure that helps clarify it for everyone. I think they still must be finding their way through the NEH. I've read other organizers descriptions etc for NEH and it is a wide difference.

                                      I do understand what you are saying regarding membership. I wonder if could be like the (I think) $25 non member (as for BN competitors) fee for NEH horses/riders. That would keep the cost down, a bit, but they'd still get the 'taste' of what Eventing could be. I love it for all the feedback/education you get and the 'in hand' portion. Especially at your last show where the judge gave all her comments aloud.

                                      Thanks for being so quick to respond.

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                                      • #20
                                        ha ha.... I would LOVE to see your spotted baby Abbey!!! Bring her!! I'm trying to convince some friends too.... Two of which also have spotted ones

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