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  • T3D: Realistic goal??

    I've been posting about my lovely mare's progress since I bought her in February. We've gone from crossrails to intro (2'3"-- me) and BN (2'6"-- trainer) since then and I plan to finish the season with a couple of BN horse trials. Our picture is in my signature.

    Anyway, when I was a wee one in the 80s I did training but there was no T3D and I never had a prelim-able (word?) horse. Now I'd love to do a T3D, but now I'm an adult amateur single working mother with a young horse.

    Would you say that T3D is a reasonable goal for someone with a no-frills TB (she has been called "lovely" by 3 dressage judges and jumps nicely, but she is just a nice OTTB, 16hh), a full-time job, and a kid? My horse has good conformation and her movement gets better all of the time; she likes to jump and nothing scares her. The only thing is that she is, well, velocity-challenged.

    Any other adult amateur re-riders out there done/shooting for a T3D? Pros and trainers-- have you gotten a student through this? Would you recommend having such a long-term goal, or just take one day at a time? I am of course focused on BN this year but I'd so like to set my eyes on a T3D in 2010 or 2011.
    Shut up! You look fine! --Judybigredpony
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    Oh my, yes!

    She's a Thoroughbred and she raced. She can do steeplechase for a T3D (which is only 520mpm) with one hoof tied behind her back. Really. Even the SLOWEST racehorse does its daily workout--NOT speed work--at 800mpm. She doesn't have to learn how to gallop...she already knows. You just have to make it part of your training together so YOU are comfortable when she starts laying down a bigger stride. The jumps are NOTHING on steeplechase, mere speedbumps. And a TOTAL BLAST, besides.

    I work, have a family, and managed to condition for and compete in a T3D with no trouble. Doing a real CCI was tougher time-wise, but my mare (who is only 3/8 TB) gets fit like a TB: very easily. It was not difficult at all.

    Go for it!
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    • #3
      You sound just like the pair that the T3D was made for!! Go for it, and have fun!!

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      • #4
        I think it's a great goal! I did my first T3D last year, and even after deciding at the last minute to shoot for it, I had no trouble getting my TB fit. Plus, knowing that I'd be doing a long format like the pros really motivated me!

        A word of caution: don't forget to get yourself fit as well. I concentrated too much on my horse and not enough on myself, and I was gasping by the end of steeplechase, and my arms were weak as noodles by the end of x-c! I'd recommend lots of cardio and maybe some weight training.

        Have a blast!
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        • #5
          I sure hope it is a reasonable goal-- that is my current goal too. Well, aside from the more immediate goal of keeping my horse sound long enough to get there...

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          • #6
            YOU are exactly who they were thinking of when they created the T3DE. It is a very good goal to work toward, and you should be just fine.
            Amanda

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            • #7
              This is an inspirational thread.

              Westlaw-- maybe we can make a pact for 2010!
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              *T3DE 2010 Pact*

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              • #8
                I think the two of you will be able to make it, and I'm really looking forward to cheering you on as you work toward it! I have that as my long-term eventing goal as well, but it wouldn't be realistic with the horse I'm currently riding. While he went Training in the past, he's sticking to Novice and below now that he's 17.
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                  #9
                  Originally posted by CookiePony View Post
                  This is an inspirational thread.

                  Westlaw-- maybe we can make a pact for 2010!
                  I would love that! COTHer Debbie also mentioned wanting to do a T3D in 2010. Are we witnessing the birth of the T3D Pact Clique??

                  I would love to share ups and downs and goals and progress with you and any other folks who dare to join our band of merry eventers. Pacts work for weight loss-- here's hoping that they work for bravery and stamina! I did my first marathon with no training buddies and I've always wanted to try something with a training team.

                  So now that you've given us the encouragement and inspiration, who's going to help keep me and CookiePony (and Debbie, if you're still in!) stay on the path to glory???
                  Shut up! You look fine! --Judybigredpony
                  Ms. Brazil

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Westlaw View Post
                    Would you say that T3D is a reasonable goal for someone with a no-frills TB (she has been called "lovely" by 3 dressage judges and jumps nicely, but she is just a nice OTTB, 16hh), a full-time job, and a kid? My horse has good conformation and her movement gets better all of the time; she likes to jump and nothing scares her. The only thing is that she is, well, velocity-challenged.
                    How sad to think that a horse breed that used to be considered the absolute must-have for our sport is now seen as no-frills and "just a nice OTTB"... (and I'm not at all criticizing you or your description, just commenting on trends!)

                    This sport is all about "no frills" !!! It does not take a fancy expensive non-thoroughbred to compete and sucdeed!

                    And as others have already pointed out, you are exactly what the T3D is all about. GO FOR IT! I competed 2 years ago, on my OTTB (chestnut!) mare, and we had a blast. Went off course in SJ sitting in 2nd place (which I will never ever forgive myself for) but it was still a great experience.

                    Good luck, and we'd love to follow your progress!!

                    (Loving my OTTB's and will stick with them -- they're THE BEST! Not always the easiest, mind you ... but you can't beat their heart or mind!)
                    "Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it." ~ Mark Twain

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                    • #11
                      Okay, I hadn't heard of the T3D. The idea sounds like great fun. Where is the schedule for these events? I have a great little TB jumper mare that would love the steeplechase and cross country part of the 3 day and she is a very clean jumper. Maybe by 2010 we might be able to do a presentable dressage test Because right now....we would be 2 letters late on every transition

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                      • #12
                        imapepper, you can find out all about the T3DE here: http://www.useventing.com/competitio...n=training3day Count me in on the pact! I'm hoping to get there sooner than 2010 on my current horse, but he is having all kinds of problems at the moment, so I'm actually going out tomorrow to look at a new prospect. That one might be ready by 2010 Anyway, count me in!!!!

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                        • #13
                          I'm SO in!

                          I'm actually hoping to get there bofore then too, but you can never tell! My boy and I are only going BN now (with not much $ for events, so it may take us til then, but we'll get there! )
                          Jenny
                          T3DE 2010 Pact
                          Luck is the residue of design -Branch Rickey

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                          • #14
                            Foxchaser: Thanks for the link. I wish I had known about these earlier. I would have been training for Meadowcreek in Kosse. I have always wanted to ride a steeplechase course and do a 3 day but never wanted to do the size over fixed jumps. I don't mind when they get a little bigger in the ring but on cross country.....after training level those fences can get pretty intimidating. I remember watching one of the Olympics and thinking "Holy Cr@p, they really are jumping houses"

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                            • #15
                              Ummm, yeah, TB NOT doing a 3 day??? Puhleeze!
                              How about an Amish reject winning the darn thing?
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                              • #16
                                I wanna be in a pact. I too would like to get there before 2010, but I am only going BN right now and with how things are going lately it might take a while to get to training. But I still wanna be in a pact!
                                God forbid that I go to a heaven in which there are no horses

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                                • #17
                                  Westlaw, I just PMed you back.

                                  Folks, should we call this the T3DE 2010 Pact Clique?

                                  Like most of us (except FoxChaser), I'm at BN with my guy. I think it would really kick our game up a notch if we are shooting for something, and if we have accountability to a group to keep working on it.

                                  tommygirl and hrg, are you reading this? what do you think?

                                  LisaB, I love the smile on your face in the first SC pic.
                                  SportHorseRiders.com
                                  Taco Blog
                                  *T3DE 2010 Pact*

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                                    #18
                                    All for one and one for....3????

                                    Originally posted by CookiePony View Post
                                    Westlaw, I just PMed you back.

                                    Folks, should we call this the T3DE 2010 Pact Clique?

                                    Like most of us (except FoxChaser), I'm at BN with my guy. I think it would really kick our game up a notch if we are shooting for something, and if we have accountability to a group to keep working on it.

                                    tommygirl and hrg, are you reading this? what do you think?

                                    LisaB, I love the smile on your face in the first SC pic.

                                    LisaB-- you're my hero.
                                    CookiePony-- I'm in. Any others-- join us!!!
                                    Shut up! You look fine! --Judybigredpony
                                    Ms. Brazil

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                                    • #19
                                      Obviously the Amish have no taste in horses I guess I really don't have to worry about offending the Amish on the BB And I am in....I haven't evented this mare but...if she can jump around the Chicken Adult Jumpers, she probably can event at training if we can figure out the dressage part

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                                      • #20
                                        Yes, Pam Weidemann was watching our SC and said she can see my smile clear across the field
                                        It was SUCH a blast! I have a hard time believing that if you really have a 3 day horse that's really truly a **** competitor, that they aren't a total blast on steeplechase.
                                        Even duct tape can't fix stupid

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