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    Calling all Training Level Juniors and Adults!

    It is time to start thinking about preparing your horses for the Training Level 3-Day Event, to be held at GMHA August 27-30, 2009. This is a full-format 3-day event for qualified Training level horses. Entries opened July 14th and will close on August 11th.

    The T3D is an extraordinary experience for horse and rider. As well as being a competition, the GMHA T3D is a 3 day clinic. Seminars will be held throughout the weekend with experienced and talented instructors available for course walks, steeplechase schooling and questions as well. You will be amazed at how a full format 3-day will deepen the bond and partnership between you and your horse. Your confidence levels will go through the roof. Plus, you'll have a blast with a bunch of new friends! So shine up your spurs, clean out your stud box, do some hill work and get fired up!! Come join the fun in Vermont, you won't regret it! Can't come and ride?? Volunteer instead!!
    Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.

    I'm going!

    Time to start?? I've been conditioning for 2 months! Granted, I ride with a conservative coach who emphasises fitness, and my mare is LAZY, but it's really cool to see how she's changed, even before I really ramp it up in these last 5 weeks. She can trot for miles without breaking a sweat, but we need to do more canter/gallop work.

    Unfortunately, I have to petition to ride- *I* am qualified several times over on my old guys, but Miss Thang is the queen of one stop per course. Usually at the smallest of fences.

    I think the 3-day will be the best thing for her to instill FORWARD and confidence for XC - her stadium is lovely. Her dressage, entirely passable - no worrying about qualifiying scores there. And I've never felt safer on course than on her - she's so careful and clever, but a bit over-done on the carefulness. We're zooming along and suddenly "ooh! Fence judges!? And what IS that little thing there?"

    I have written a letter and will probably talk to the safety committee directly- anyone know who is on it?

    It has been really interesting to do the fitness part of it too. Will you be there Polly?


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      Oh Gosh, Hillary, you are right. I wrote that notice about 4 weeks ago...But it should not be misconstrued! Regularly working/competing Training level horses should be plenty fit by the time the 3-Day rolls around. These next weeks will serve to put on the final polish and fitness to carry them through Saturday.

      I will not be competing this year, Matty's not a Training Level horse. YET. I hope to have it as next year's goal. I am doing everything I can to be there this August but it just happens to fall right in the middle of the family vacation- our kids, grandbabies, nieces, nephews, the whole kit, so I may have to miss it, which will be a complete bummer. 2 years ago I volunteered, last year I was there with Em who competed. It was completely fun to be there, do the course walks, yuck it up with the instructors and competitors alike. Total gas. You CAN'T WAIT!!!
      Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.


        Sadly, my pony's on the injured list for the season (after beginning a good conditioning foundation in April...), but I'll be there volunteering & learning what I'm getting ourselves into for next year!
        Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it; Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it ~ Goethe


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          Good for you, Flipper. Sorry about your pone-that stinks-but so glad you'll be there to help! You will love it and you'll be that much more educated when you pull in the driveway next year!!
          Anybody else going or is Hillary the only one?!
          Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.


            Grooming for Hil - the orange horse isn't quite there yet. But hmmm, wonder if I could bring him to hack around before/after hours...


              I want to volunteer, its a little far to drive in each day- so maybe a camping trip?! Anyone know of any good grounds near the farm?

              I really like the 3 Trainings w/ zero XC penalties, and 1 with no more than 20 rule.

              It sounds like an absolutely incredible experience, and the exact kind of thing that got me into the sport in the first place! I can't wait to see this!


                If anyone could convince the hospital to give me that week off I would be there in a second!!! I have wanted to go for the longest time but it never works out...someday I'll make it!

                Good luck to everyone going!!! Hoping things stay dry up there


                  I'M GOING!!!

                  Polly - Marble and I are going!!! We are qualified, together and separately and after having a great and fun go at Old Chatham and a good but slow go at Groton House I can confidently say that he is a solid Training level horse and ready for the challenge. We have been working on conditioning since his coming back from his bump in January and are hitting just the right spot to start adding the extra gallops and time in the saddle for us both. I have the entry sitting on my desk and I am so excited. I really think steeplechase could revolutionize our lives.
                  And, because there is still a month for Mr. Accident Prone to do something, I have committed to volunteer no matter what.
                  Now I am trying to drum up a couple of people for pit crew on Saturday and maybe a volunteer or two to help in the effort.
                  Irene and Asti are entering too. Fun!!!


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                    Originally posted by Saskatoonian View Post
                    Grooming for Hil - the orange horse isn't quite there yet. But hmmm, wonder if I could bring him to hack around before/after hours...
                    Chris, I had Matty there last year for the touring aspect. It was very good for him.
                    Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.


                      Ah, that does sweeten the prospect of going without competing! And Toucan can use a lot of time going in and out of water.


                        I'll Groom!

                        Sandy, I'll help you. I'm going to be there anyway volunteering. I'm a pro in the vet box!

                        Send in your entries!!! I spoke with Molly today and they have 20 entries thus far...we want to keep the T3D in Area I!!


                          Thank you!

                          Wow, the offer of a groom in one fell swoop! Yes, Michelle, and lord knows you know the Irish horse and its quirks. Thanks!
                          I am so glad they have 20 entries. I'll send my right in.


                            Mine is in the mail right now. And there is a campground at Quechee Gorge - about 10 miles away. You can't camp on the grounds anymore.


                              Originally posted by RiverBendPol View Post
                              Chris, I had Matty there last year for the touring aspect. It was very good for him.
                              Popped over from HJ land to snoop and saw the pic of the boys!! They look so handsome!! I'm riding a TB for a friend right now who is an eventer. I'm actually hoping to do either BN or novice at the starter trial at fair hill in the fall!!!! Should be a hoot!!
                              Originally posted by JSwan
                              Prove it....Otherwise, you're just coming off as a whackjob.
                              Founding member of the "Not too Klassy for Boxed Wine" Clique


                                Originally posted by MichelleNH View Post
                                Send in your entries!!! I spoke with Molly today and they have 20 entries thus far...we want to keep the T3D in Area I!!
                                Wah! I want to go but I didn't get in to my last two training level events. I have three under my belt but since they've included dressage qualifications, it really only has me with two qualifying events. We lose so many marks in dressage due to boy is very solid x-country and stadium though. I was really hoping to qualify this year


                                  Larbear- you may be a candidate for petitioning in.


                                    If anyone needs 10 minute box help, you can always ask on the T3DE yahoo group:
                                    Taco Blog
                                    *T3DE 2010 Pact*


                                      Original Poster

                                      Originally posted by Tap2Tango View Post
                                      Popped over from HJ land to snoop and saw the pic of the boys!! They look so handsome!! I'm riding a TB for a friend right now who is an eventer. I'm actually hoping to do either BN or novice at the starter trial at fair hill in the fall!!!! Should be a hoot!!
                                      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA!! O that'll be a hoot alright! Almost as funny as Tahddy in the hunter show Just don't wear a standing martingale! You must return here with a report.
                                      Have some fun this weekend in Beantown. xoxo
                                      Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.


                                        Original Poster

                                        Originally posted by ne900 View Post
                                        Larbear- you may be a candidate for petitioning in.
                                        Maybe so, but don't forget, there is a reason for qualification requirements. THAT rule, at least, makes sense.........Can't you grab another event before closing date?

                                        From Area 1 web site: "NO WAITING LIST FOR KENT 8/16! Entries are slow for the upcoming August 16 event. There is room in all divisions. Enter online at or fax to 860-535-0637. We hope to see you there!"
                                        Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.