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  • how old is too old?

    um, i turned fifty this spring. i am an avid trail rider who has had a ton of fun popping over logs on the trail, and my pony is awesome at it.
    there are a couple of little ditches i keep eyeing, but have not been brave enough to try them yet. plus my pony is excellent at water, climbing up and down hills, etc. i really think she can do it with no proble, but of course she's a whole lot younger than i am!!! (in fact, she'll be eleven tomorrow!).
    is i crazy to aspire to try a baby event someday? how do i get started? i board at a trail barn, no trainers or indoor. is there a listing somewhere for trainers who i could contact? i'm in vermont, in williston.

  • #2
    Heck no you're not too old! I'll be 51 this year and I just started back eventing in the last year. Granted I evented when I was in my 20s but haven't since until last year when I went to my first BN trial.

    The USEA website has a list of certified trainers by area (if I'm not mistaken) so you can start there to find someone near you. HAVE FUN!
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    • #3
      I'd say a pony like that deserves the chance!
      Ring the bells that still can ring
      Forget your perfect offering
      There is a crack in everything
      That's how the light gets in.


      • Original Poster

        she rocks!!! i've raised her from a weanling and she is the best haflinger ever born in my opinion,lol.
        she takes very good care of me and is as catty as they get. she spent her first five years on my steeply wooded mountainside and is as agile and athletic as you can get. i think she deserves the opportunity to shine!


        • #5
          There is no such thing as too old! I expect some folks in the New England area may chime in. Isn't Denny based in VT in the summer? Look up Tamarack Hill.
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          • #6
            a fair number of lower level eventers - and some of the very top level eventers are over 50. One of the way classic examples is Walt Gervais, a student of Denny Emersons. I may well be off in the exact ages, but it is along the lines of he first got on a horse at 59, rode in his first event several years later, and rode in his first one star sometime after he was 70.
            Don't know where in New England you are, but Denny is in South Strafford, VT. He is a bit past 50 himself ( has been eventing at Prelim and above for over 50 years, if I recall correctly) and you might very much enjoy trotting over for a lesson or camp or just to watch a bit. Tamarackhill.com is the Emerson website, I think...
            HAve fun, and welcome!!



            • #7
              Jeanette, I was just searching to get the age, great minds think alike. Here's the thread about Mr. Gervais, and Denny himself is 68 I believe, and still competing at Prelim. The gentleman who represented China in the Olympics (granted, dressage rather than eventing) is in his 60s, IIRC.
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              • #8
                87 years, 4 months and 23 days is to old. Exactly...scientifically and mathematically determined by the ODGs.


                • #9
                  I'm 53 and started maybe 10 years ago. It's a demanding sport, fun as hell and it helps keep you in shape. I do novice now, would like to move up to training in the near future and my ultimate goal is prelim. It's absolutely the most equal opportunity sport in the world. Young and old, men and women all compete. It's great!


                  • #10
                    I definitely do not think you are too old! Lots of us have hit that milestone and are doing the lower levels and having fun. I third (or fourth) the recommendation on going to Denny's. If you need somewhere even more local to you though, there's a trainer listed on the Area I site that is in the Burlington area: www.triplecombinationfarm.com but I do not know anything about them. Denny's is a sure bet. Go for it!


                    • #11
                      Wonderful thread. Keep 'em coming. 66 but who's counting?


                      • Original Poster

                        hmm, even if i am a self trained rider? i have taken lessons, but being in the arena bores me to tears. can i learn what i need to be safe and successful even if it ain't pretty or proper?
                        i should clarify that at this point i don't want to compete, do dressage or stadium tests, i just want to go cross country and jump with confidance and competance.


                        • #13
                          If you only want to do XC, you should check out hunter paces rather than low level horse trials. However, learning to jump safely for XC is going to involve some arena work. I went XC schooling with a horse who hadn't done any XC before, but he was great on trails, and already knew how to jump. I'd been doing low level eventing on other horses. We had a private lesson (flatwork and little logs and stuff) the previous day, camped over, then had fun the second day. http://www.flickr.com/photos/8278269...7601565361913/
                          Stay me with coffee, comfort me with chocolate, for I am sick of love.


                          • #14
                            aha ... then you probably need to go to England, where you can do any or all of the 3 disciplines separately. Over here, bizarrely, you can do dressage on its own, or jumping, simple XC competitions are rare as hen's teeth. Pity that, hey ? Still, maybe you can join us old farts in doing bad dressage, abysmal stadium and yahoo cross-country ? I'm a relative youngster, having got (back) on a horse at 40, but my good buddy is doing BN for the first time around, at 62.


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Ajierene View Post
                              87 years, 4 months and 23 days is to old. Exactly...scientifically and mathematically determined by the ODGs.
                              Don't know who ODGs are, but my mom would agree with this exactly. She's 86, you see, and is NOT. OLD. (her proclamation, not mine!) "Old" is exactly one year older than she is. When she hits 87 in October the magic number will need to be reset again.

                              Check out the scoreboards for the "Master" divisions--there are PLENTY of folks out there eventing in their 50s on up! In five years I'll be joining the ranks . . .
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                              • #16
                                Hmm...don't really understand why it says eventer80, that is my daughter. However, although I can event at this age, figuring out the computer is another story. So, although it doesn't say so, this is Flea. 59 here, having a great time. I admit I am more cautious than a younger person but we get it done. I competed Novice, schooling training. I rode on and off my whole life but just started eveinting in my 50s. Don't be too sure you won't want to do the whole enchilada! I thoroughly enjoy all of it, stadium is the most difficult for me. The fun and comaraderie at events is hard to beat. For financial reasons I leased out my horse and am now, with the help of my trainer, teaching a little grey mare to jump. This will be the last one I will teach myself!!! come on and join in!
                                4..3..2..1...Have a nice ride!!!


                                • #17
                                  OK, I'll chime in. I'll be 58 in Aug. and have been pretty successful at training level. My goal is to get to prelim before I'm 60. I've been on the doorstep several times but horse injuries have required me to back up a bit. I'm absolutely determined to "get er done" if I have to jump all the jumps myself. I'd say go for it but be sensible and safe - both for yourself and your pony.


                                  • #18
                                    I'm 57 right now. Not for too much longer. Aiming for T3D this August. Never too old. Get out and have some fun!
                                    Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.


                                    • #19
                                      "It aint over til its over"....


                                      • #20
                                        I can't even do arithmetic.....I'm only about to TURN 57!! O yay, I just earned an extra year!

                                        Good grief, that is a very bad sign.
                                        Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.