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Amoeba, Tadpole ... what comes next?

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  • Amoeba, Tadpole ... what comes next?

    So a friend of mine wants to start eventing at the beginning. The barn does pre-Amoeba, Amoeba, Tadpole, and Bullfrog.

    The USEA Web site starts with Beginner Novice, and we have found local organizations online that start with Amoeba, go to Tadpole, and then Beginner Novice.

    But what are pre-Amoeba and Bullfrog?

    Sort of like Mini-Minimus and Minimus in the UK?
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  • #2
    Hitching Post has a grasshopper division. A grasshopper really could jump the fences pretty easily


    • #3
      amoeba is probably poles on the ground for xc and tadbole is probably 12 inch logs. Since they are not recognized each facility probably has their own name and set of rules for height and difficulty. Call and ask.


      • #4
        I think Elementary divisions are usually 2'.
        Last edited by albigears; Oct. 10, 2009, 12:32 AM.


        • #5
          Around here, "elementary" comes next at a lot of venues; it is the first time a WTC dressage test is used, and max fence height is 2'3".
          You have to have experiences to gain experience.

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          • #6
            In short, "what comes next" is up to the organizer at unrecognized events. I don't think I've ever heard of "bullfrog" but that doesn't mean it isn't an understood progression in some circles/areas.

            You just have to read the specs for individual shows, and ask people who know what the particulars of a local show level are.



            • #7
              Dangit. I wish we had these divisions around here! I'm having a hard time finding a place to start a green pony. An ocassional 2' division with regular BN dressage test is the best I can find, and those are few and far between!


              • #8
                Oooooohhhhh!!! I wanna be a bullfrog!

                Down here we have:

                Amoeba -- usually crossrails-18 inches

                Tadpole -- 2 feet (sometimes up to 2'3" but most of the time even if they say 2'3" it usually turns out to be 2').

                I would LOVE a Bullfrog division that would truly be 2'3, but I have never heard of such a beast. I have been a simple celled organism for far too long. I would love to evolve into an actual amphibian
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                • #9
                  Tadpoles aren't actually single-celled but carry on...



                  • #10
                    Here in Murlin (Maryland), there is elementary, which is all crossrails and small logs, just about, and then baby beginner novice, which is about 2'-2'3". BBN is a great division because the fences are big enough that horses really jump them, but not so big that greenish riders feel like they are being launched in the air on every jump.

                    But BBN is harder to find than elementary, which is a bummer.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Jeannette, formerly ponygyrl View Post
                      Tadpoles aren't actually single-celled but carry on...
                      I'm with Jeanette. I'm glad there are enough increments to give everyone a shot, but I'm a little concerned about the biological implications of the progression


                      • #12
                        Clearly I was not a biology major! I have always been somewhat disturbed by the biological metaphors.

                        Although, not sure how I feel about the "Maiden" category ratings either. . .

                        Perhaps we need to call these classes something more akin to how most of us see them:

                        Amoeba = Wimp

                        Tadpole = Not Quite a Wimp (NQW)

                        Bullfrog = Almost Nearly Not a Wimp (ANNW)

                        These categories would of course refer to the adult divisions. Junior divisions could just be called Cute Kids on Ponies Levels 1-3.
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                        • #13
                          They go:
                          When will this Baby Go? (Amoeba)
                          Oh You Left Mommy a Present (Tadpole)
                          Is That You I Smell (Bull frog)
                          Diaper Pail (Pre Novice)
                          Poopie Pants (Beginner Novice)
                          Diapers and snap pants (Novice)
                          Real Panties (Training)
                          Big Girl Panties (Prelim)
                          Really Big Girl Panties (Intermediate)
                          No Panties (Advanced)
                          What would you try if you knew you would not fail?


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Mach Two View Post
                            No Panties (Advanced)
                            Isn't that the "Commando" division?


                            • #15
                              I am waiting for adult lead-line. I will burninate that division!


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by subk View Post
                                Isn't that the "Commando" division?
                                Right you are..."Commando" it is!
                                What would you try if you knew you would not fail?


                                • #17
                                  Elementary at Fair Hill's starter trials is 18" I think... Horsie and I just did Elem there last month for our first foray into eventing and we had a BLAST.
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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Mach Two View Post
                                    Right you are..."Commando" it is!
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                                    • #19
                                      If Advanced = Commando, Should Intermediate then be "Thong"?
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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by tle View Post
                                        If Advanced = Commando, Should Intermediate then be "Thong"?
                                        I believe you're right, but I prefer "Butt Floss"
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