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  • Why do you show below 3 feet

    There seems to be a lot of anger about riders that show below 3 feet and I'd like to hear from the riders themselves.

    1. what is the rating of the shows you go to? why did you chose that rating?
    2. what height do you show?
    3. why did you pick that height
    4. do you want to move up?
    a. If yes what has stopped you and what do you need to get there
    b. if no, why not
    5. What is the highest you want to jump
    6. has your horse affected your reasons to move up
    7. why do you show if you only show below 3 feet
    8. Do you show for fun or for competition/combo?
    9. What kind of skills do you need to ride at your height or what problems have you had? (do people show in the lower levels because they rush into showing).
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    I'm supposed to be writing a paper so I can't answer every question but I will say this, when I started showing my youngster and we did 2'6" stuff, it wasn't because we could, it was because I had to. My horse wasn't ready for the higher stuff yet. So it's not like I showed in the lower stuff just because I could or because it was easier or whatnot, I showed in it to give my horse experience.
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    • #3
      Just started 3' this year. Showed 2'6" for the last three years before that.

      1. what is the rating of the shows you go to? why did you chose that rating?
      I go to A and AA shows because that's where my barn goes.

      2. what height do you show?
      3' now, 2'6" for last few years. Would have done 2'9", but it was rarely offered.

      3. why did you pick that height
      I showed at that height until I was doing it consistently well. At first, there were a lot of added strides, chips, missed or late lead changes.

      4. do you want to move up?
      At first, I didn't. But just this year I got really tired of doing 2'6". Fortunately both horse and I were ready for the move.

      5. What is the highest you want to jump
      very happy at 3' right now.

      6. has your horse affected your reasons to move up
      Kind of, yes. I bought a younger horse. He has a lot of scope and doesn't pay much attention at 2'6".

      7. why do you show if you only show below 3 feet
      I showed at 2'6" because showing is FUN! PLUS, I improved much more during the pressure of a horse show than I did at home. There's something about the showring that makes you step up to the plate more than at home where you can have a do-over. :-)

      8. Do you show for fun or for competition/combo?
      both
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      • #4
        1. what is the rating of the shows you go to? why did you chose that rating? Mostly schooling and Cs with some Bs and maybe one or two As. Because that's where my trainer goes and I like to save money.
        2. what height do you show? 2'6"
        3. why did you pick that height? Because I don't feel comfortable jumping any higher.
        4. do you want to move up? yes
        a. If yes what has stopped you and what do you need to get there? Need to improve my confidence more and would like to be very, very solid at 2'6" before moving up.
        b. if no, why not
        5. What is the highest you want to jump? At this point I'd be happy with 3' I would be content doing the 3'6" in the show ring and jumping up to 4' at home.
        6. has your horse affected your reasons to move up? Nope.
        7. why do you show if you only show below 3 feet? Because I like to show. It's a good place to judge my skills and how we're coming along. Showing is a different atmosphere than just riding at home.
        8. Do you show for fun or for competition/combo? See above.
        9. What kind of skills do you need to ride at your height or what problems have you had? (do people show in the lower levels because they rush into showing). I'm not quite sure what you're asking... I have lost confidence for a wide variety of reasons. I would like to improve on not chipping at much as the chips are my fault because I lean towards the fences.
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        • #5
          1. what is the rating of the shows you go to? why did you chose that rating?
          I show at B/C rated shows locally and the occasional "A" if I go outside.
          2. what height do you show? I generally show in 3' divisions.
          3. why did you pick that height. I'm an Ammy and don't have my own horse.
          4. do you want to move up? Sure, when i get my own horse.
          5. What is the highest you want to jump? I'd probably be fine with 3'6-3'9" but maybe bigger.
          6. has your horse affected your reasons to move up: Lack of
          7. why do you show if you only show below 3 feet I ride what I can get, and I love to dress up. And win.
          8. Do you show for fun or for competition/combo? Competition, although I rarely have any.
          9. What kind of skills do you need to ride at your height or what problems have you had? My problems are mostly due to riding a lot of crap lunatic horses. (And some nice ones too...but they didn't cause the problems)

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          • #6
            Uh I don't think there's a problem showing under 3'. I do 2'6"-2'9" because my horse is a little older and honestly I get really nervous doing anything over that, even though I've been riding for a long time. I've done AA shows at that level because I like showing. IMO you can be a good rider and not jump high, and you can jump high and not be a good rider.

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            • #7
              1. what is the rating of the shows you go to? why did you chose that rating?
              A range of "C"'s to "A"'s, maybe a AA here or there. Chosen because that is where my barn goes and sometimes going to a local/schooling show with a pony who consistantly wins at the A's is not fun for other riders who have the local/schooling level horses.

              2. what height do you show?
              15-17 Eq is 3', Childrens Hunters (Lg. Pony) is 2'6
              (I did do 3 years of long stirrup with my pony though)

              3. why did you pick that height?
              This is what my horse and I are comfortable jumping. I dont want to push him to a point where he breaks down at an early age.

              4. do you want to move up?
              Yes, but on a different horse. My pony can do the 3'6" but Im not gonna push him.

              a. If yes what has stopped you and what do you need to get there
              My pony has had some issues with being very concerned about jumping in general. To get him to go over a pole on the ground was a huge deal, never mind there being flowers We want him to get as many positive experiences hes can going over tons of different jumps and just having a good time. Hence the 3 years of long stirrup

              5. What is the highest you want to jump
              I would love to move up into the higher level jumpers at some point in my life (4'+)

              6. has your horse affected your reasons to move up?
              Yes, between the jumping confidence issues and him being a Large Pony, there are limitations

              7. why do you show if you only show below 3 feet
              Because I am super competitive, and we want him to go out to have a good experience.

              8. Do you show for fun or for competition/combo?\
              Competition and Fun.

              9. What kind of skills do you need to ride at your height or what problems have you had? (do people show in the lower levels because they rush into showing).
              To ride at the lower heights you still need to have a lot of the skills than showing at the higher heights. Basics such as shortening and lengthening stride, asking for a change, working on the bit... atill have to be done. The lower heights just forgive a little more if you make a tiny mistake to help you learn without killing yourself

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              • #8
                1. what is the rating of the shows you go to? why did you chose that rating?
                Locals and "A"/"AA" shows. My barn shows at these ratings.

                2. what height do you show?
                Depends on the show, but usually 3'-3'6".
                3. why did you pick that height
                Trainer.
                4. do you want to move up?
                Yes.
                a. If yes what has stopped you and what do you need to get there
                I need an upper level jumper and my horse will not go above 4'6".
                b. if no, why not
                5. What is the highest you want to jump
                Grand Prix.
                6. has your horse affected your reasons to move up
                Yes.
                7. why do you show if you only show below 3 feet
                I used to show only under 3'. This was when I was a working student/didn't have a horse. I would show on and in whatever I could in order to gain mileage.
                8. Do you show for fun or for competition/combo?
                Both.
                9. What kind of skills do you need to ride at your height or what problems have you had? (do people show in the lower levels because they rush into showing).
                Good eye, mileage, good horse, etc. Like HowDoILook said, the lower levels are a little more forgiving than the bigger level jumps. My problem has always been I have never had a horse that could match my skill level. I've jumped 4'6"+ fences before, but since then I have never had a steady partner, until the horse I have now. But even he can not do the 4'6"+ jumps, so I need a GP prospect. Oy vey...
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                • #9
                  my answers

                  I'll give it a whirl.

                  Originally posted by enjoytheride View Post
                  There seems to be a lot of anger about riders that show below 3 feet and I'd like to hear from the riders themselves.

                  1. what is the rating of the shows you go to? why did you chose that rating? I have a five year old who is about to make his debut. I am going to schooling shows because I vowed to not spend one A show dollar jumping less than 3'. The caveat is that if I could afford A shows, I would do them.
                  2. what height do you show? 2'6" for at least the rest of this year.
                  3. why did you pick that height greenness of horse.
                  4. do you want to move up? yes
                  a. If yes what has stopped you and what do you need to get there greenness of horse
                  b. if no, why not
                  5. What is the highest you want to jump I owuld love to have a 3'6" horse, but I don't think this is one is one. I've been wrong before.
                  6. has your horse affected your reasons to move up
                  7. why do you show if you only show below 3 feet
                  8. Do you show for fun or for competition/combo?yes
                  9. What kind of skills do you need to ride at your height or what problems have you had? (do people show in the lower levels because they rush into showing).
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                  • #10
                    Writing this for my as of now horse, i used to do AA at 3ft brewhaha, but since i will start showing my new horse this summer in the baby classes ill put in my two cents.
                    I dont really have that big of a problem of people showing under 3ft, even when i was doing over 3ft... i think it makes especially kids feel "cool" to go to a show and do anything, even locals....


                    1. what is the rating of the shows you go to? why did you chose that rating? Right now locals only! yeeehaw!
                    2. what height do you show? hopeful and schooling hunter... 2ft/2'3" BRING IT!
                    3. why did you pick that height? new horse in training! not gunna push him too fast
                    4. do you want to move up? ofcourse!
                    a. If yes what has stopped you and what do you need to get there
                    b. if no, why not.... my horse is just starting to jump and go to shows so im not going to ask him to one go to a brand new place and jumping higher than we have at home
                    5. What is the highest you want to jump. A/O... eventually
                    6. has your horse affected your reasons to move up. yes, he is new....
                    7. why do you show if you only show below 3 feet. well i didnt used to, my old horse and i showed 3ft, blahdeblah at AA shows... just training a new horse
                    8. Do you show for fun or for competition/combo? combo... competition is fun, although in hopefuls there is like 2 other people that i will be showing with....
                    9. What kind of skills do you need to ride at your height or what problems have you had? (do people show in the lower levels because they rush into showing)..... i dont really understand this..... to show hopefulls.... i mean all the people in hopefuls in my area are training horses.... all doing the same thing i am!

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                    • #11
                      1. what is the rating of the shows you go to? why did you chose that rating?
                      A circuit, because the other lower circuits ended up costing around the same
                      2. what height do you show?
                      2'9
                      3. why did you pick that height?
                      Because the horse has never shown in the hunters, and the childrens is so freaking competitive
                      4. do you want to move up?
                      Yup, I may end up moving up depending on numbers
                      a. If yes what has stopped you and what do you need to get there
                      Childrens are tooo competitive
                      b. if no, why not
                      5. What is the highest you want to jump
                      Not sure I jumped my retired horse pretty high
                      6. has your horse affected your reasons to move up
                      to some degree, as she is green
                      7. why do you show if you only show below 3 feet
                      8. Do you show for fun or for competition/combo?
                      Both
                      9. What kind of skills do you need to ride at your height or what problems have you had?
                      After I crashed on my gelding I got a bit nervous, however with this new horse we have been doing really well together and helping me actually find spots.

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                      • #12
                        1. what is the rating of the shows you go to? why did you chose that rating? local shows and "C" shows; those are the shows that my trainer goes to
                        2. what height do you show? 2'9" adults
                        3. why did you pick that height I feel that it is a height that challenges me and my horse, but isn't overly easy or overly hard
                        4. do you want to move up? Eventually, when both my horse and I are ready
                        a. If yes what has stopped you and what do you need to get there I have not had a trainer for the past two years, so that was a big obstacle. My barn recently got a new trainer a few months ago and she is a godsend!
                        b. if no, why not
                        5. What is the highest you want to jump I eventually (waayy down the road) hope to be able to do the AO at 3'6"
                        6. has your horse affected your reasons to move up In a way, yes. He is a decent mover and has a decent jump, but isn't great at either. However, in the adults, a consistant trip wins over a fancy horse w/o a consistant trip. However, when you move up to the AOs, "fanciness" begans to count. Also, I am currently in college, so that somewhat limits my time to be able to ride my horse, so I would rather stay at a lower height and work on perfecting myself w/o raising the jumps up higher
                        7. why do you show if you only show below 3 feet In my area, the "C" shows are for the under 3'ers. The highest division at our "C"s is the AO/Jrs. which is 3'3" and very rarely fills (most shows only have 2 or 3 entries, if that).
                        8. Do you show for fun or for competition/combo? Both; Yes, I want to get a ribbon, but I also want to concentrate on my trip and making it a good experience for both me and my horse.
                        9. What kind of skills do you need to ride at your height or what problems have you had? (do people show in the lower levels because they rush into showing). Right now, I'm working on getting more consistant trips from both me and my horse and reversing all of my faults that I developed in my two years without a trainer. I think that some people show at the lower levels because they offer crossrail and w/t classes, and parents want to see (and pay for) their kids to show.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by enjoytheride View Post
                          There seems to be a lot of anger about riders that show below 3 feet and I'd like to hear from the riders themselves.
                          I'm not currently showing, but will answer based on when I was, and when I plan to be

                          1. what is the rating of the shows you go to? why did you chose that rating?
                          C shows mostly, because they are in my back yard on a monthly basis. At one point I boarded at the barn that held monthly C shows, and 1 A show, from March/April through October. Very, very convenient. I did each C show, and a few times the A show. My current horse is always getting injured in a major way, so we've not yet done anything above 2'6"

                          2. what height do you show?
                          2'9" at the C shows (AA) and 3' at the A show (AA) with my old horse, 2'6" with my current horse (Specials)

                          3. why did you pick that height
                          My old horse was in no way capable of putting in a 3'3" or higher course. We had no trainer, and I did not feel it was worth the entry fees to compete against all the professionals who were doing any 3' non-Ammy divisions.

                          My current is still very green and we've only managed a few 2'6" shows inbetween injuries.

                          4. do you want to move up?
                          Yes - my current horse has the form and jump to do much more, but the question now is whether he'll stay sound at any significant height, and whether I will be able to get the training to do anything bigger than 3'

                          a. If yes what has stopped you and what do you need to get there
                          Old horse was just not physically capable of putting in a 3'3" course. My current horse just doesn't have the miles yet.

                          5. What is the highest you want to jump
                          I would LOVE to get to the 3'6" A/O

                          6. has your horse affected your reasons to move up
                          I've always dreamed of having a horse nice enough to do the A/O, even nice enough to do regular AAs at A shows. My current horse IS nice enough to do the A/Os, but soundness might be an issue now.

                          7. why do you show if you only show below 3 feet
                          Mostly answered above. My old horse was very comfy doing 2'9" courses, and since they were literally in our backyard, it was cheap. My current horse is still gaining miles, so our next goal is to get back to 2'6" showing, then 2'9", and see how that goes. I really, really would like to be able to do a few A shows in the AAs at 3'. I'm not holding out much hope at this point that he will stay injury-free long enough to ever dream of anything higher. However, I may breed my mare, and maybe she'll produce my A/O horse

                          8. Do you show for fun or for competition/combo?
                          Mostly for fun, and competition with myself.

                          9. What kind of skills do you need to ride at your height or what problems have you had? (do people show in the lower levels because they rush into showing).
                          For years and years I didn't have a trainer, therefore never even contemplated showing higher than 3', even if I thought my horse could do it.
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                          • #14
                            1. what is the rating of the shows you go to? why did you chose that rating? Mostly A
                            2. what height do you show? Last year was 2'6 (got a new horse), year before was 3' (and 3'3 medals)
                            3. why did you pick that height? My horses picked it for me
                            4. do you want to move up? Most definitely
                            a. If yes what has stopped you and what do you need to get there? A horse capable of jumping the height...
                            b. if no, why not
                            5. What is the highest you want to jump? I have Olympic dreams.......
                            6. has your horse affected your reasons to move up? Yes
                            7. why do you show if you only show below 3 feet? Because I enjoy showing and just because I can't afford a Junior Hunter doesn't mean I shouldn't be showing.
                            8. Do you show for fun or for competition/combo? Both
                            9. What kind of skills do you need to ride at your height or what problems have you had? (do people show in the lower levels because they rush into showing). I don't think I've rushed into showing... I am 18 (been showing since I was 14 I think) I just lack quality horses to take me higher.

                            In all, I agree that maybe cross poles are a little low for A circuit shows, however even experienced riders with green horses enjoy showing.. even at lower levels (ie 2'6) I also can't afford to buy a really nice horse to teach me, my horse and I learn together!

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                            • #15
                              1. what is the rating of the shows you go to? why did you chose that rating?
                              - locals to 'A' shows; all are challenging and fun
                              2. what height do you show?
                              - generally 2'6 [showing at Devon in locals on a different horse (trainer's sale horse) at 3'3]
                              3. why did you pick that height
                              - I need to not get nervous at shows so this is a little lower and easier to fix problems
                              4. do you want to move up?
                              - YES!!!
                              a. If yes what has stopped you and what do you need to get there
                              - Too hard for horse to do rated 3' or higher and nerves don't help either
                              b. if no, why not
                              - -------
                              5. What is the highest you want to jump
                              - As high as I can but my goal right now is the 3'
                              6. has your horse affected your reasons to move up
                              - yes, he doesn't have the motivation to do higher and if I'm even 5% chicken he won't do it
                              7. why do you show if you only show below 3 feet
                              - I love it. Its a way to show what you have learned at home and a way to know what to work on
                              8. Do you show for fun or for competition/combo?
                              - Both; sure I like winning, but it's not all about the ribbons
                              9. What kind of skills do you need to ride at your height or what problems have you had? (do people show in the lower levels because they rush into showing).
                              - You need to be able to ride around a course The problem for me is just nerves. I just tense up and it's just not good. The two worst falls I have had, one resulted in a broken wrist and I was out for 3 months (in October 2004) and the other fall was a concussion and I was out for 1 1/2 months (in January 2009), both have happened in the show ring and have really crushed my confidence. I can do 3'6 at home, I just get so nervous at shows and then my horse doesn't want to do it either. We tried 3' but that's when I got my concussion.

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                              • #16
                                1. what is the rating of the shows you go to? why did you chose that rating?
                                I show at AA, A, B and C rated shows. I go where my barn and friends will be, horse shows are both a competition and a chance to see my friends.
                                2. what height do you show?
                                I have shown up through the 4'6 jumpers but currently show in the 2'6 and have for the past 5 years.
                                3. why did you pick that height
                                My old, now retired horse moved down from the 3'6 and then from the 3 ft. Then I had a succession of two greenies who needed to start somewhere. The 2nd greenie is happiest at 2'6 and below so that's where we are.
                                4. do you want to move up?
                                Yes, that is why he's for sale. I'd like another project that will do the 3 or 3'6.
                                a. If yes what has stopped you and what do you need to get there
                                Money, this horse to be sold and a new one found within my budget.
                                b. if no, why not
                                5. What is the highest you want to jump
                                Probably the 3'6 but I'd do big jumpers on the right horse.
                                6. has your horse affected your reasons to move up
                                Yes, see above
                                7. why do you show if you only show below 3 feet
                                see number 1, I love the competition, seeing what I can do with my little OTTB and spending a weekend with friends, my dog and my horse. It's ideal.
                                8. Do you show for fun or for competition/combo?
                                see above
                                9. What kind of skills do you need to ride at your height or what problems have you had? (do people show in the lower levels because they rush into showing).
                                Ummm...I've been showing at the rated and nonrated shows since I was 10. Generally, I still make ammy mistakes to the jumps but I can usually find 6 or 7 pretty well
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                                • #17
                                  1. what is the rating of the shows you go to? why did you chose that rating?
                                  We just do the monthly schooling shows at our barn. I don't have the $$ or the gear to do anything else.

                                  2. what height do you show?
                                  We did beginner Eq (18" for the O/F classes) for the last series. This series we're doing Open Eq, 2' and 2'3".

                                  3. why did you pick that height
                                  I used to jump 3'6" when I was a kid, then got out of riding for quite a few years. Now I'm 34 and not as brave as I used to be. Also, my horse is a greenie and he's not the greatest conformationally, so I doubt I'd ever ask him to do more than 2'6".

                                  4. do you want to move up?
                                  2'6" will be perfectly fine for us, methinks.

                                  a. If yes what has stopped you and what do you need to get there
                                  b. if no, why not
                                  See #3.

                                  5. What is the highest you want to jump
                                  We'll probably move up to 2'6" next season.

                                  6. has your horse affected your reasons to move up
                                  Absolutely. He's a "forever horse" for me, and I'd like to keep him sound for as long as possible.

                                  7. why do you show if you only show below 3 feet
                                  I never showed when I was younger, so doing it now as an adult, I feel like I'm getting to relive my childhood, haha... but I don't feel like I have anything to prove by going higher and higher.

                                  8. Do you show for fun or for competition/combo?
                                  Mostly for fun. Us adult re-riders at our barn are competitive in a friendly sort of way, but it's definitely FUN before anything else.

                                  9. What kind of skills do you need to ride at your height or what problems have you had? (do people show in the lower levels because they rush into showing).
                                  I'm just starting to get comfortable going over 2' again; it's been a challenge, not jumping ahead, getting back my eye for distance, etc.
                                  *friend of bar.ka

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                                  • #18
                                    I'll play...

                                    Originally posted by enjoytheride View Post
                                    There seems to be a lot of anger about riders that show below 3 feet and I'd like to hear from the riders themselves.
                                    I don't think there is anger in the real world about riders who show at 3' and below - for one thing, that is the group that keeps most shows in business. You have to take a lot of what you read on the internet/this BB with a grain of salt.

                                    In reality, the folks who show in the adults everywhere I've shown have been a lot of fun and very supportive of each other - and that's been everywhere from local shows in the south to some of the biggest AA shows up here in Zones 1 & 2.


                                    1. what is the rating of the shows you go to? why did you chose that rating?
                                    Mostly show at A shows, every once in a while a local. I chose shows based on where my trainer is going, but also based on the facility and the amenities offered - including the quality of the JUDGE. I like the fact that at rated shows, you have stewards looking out for the safety of the horses and a rule book and standards which help assure quality (footing, jumps etc) and a level playing field.
                                    2. what height do you show? 3' adult amateurs & eq
                                    3. why did you pick that height I am a working adult with the typical busy schedule including work and family responsibilities. I find this is a comfortable height for me to compete without getting stressed out or having it be a big deal.
                                    4. do you want to move up? Eventually I'd like to get back to the A/O ring, but I'd have to be able to ride enough to feel confident that I could be very accurate at 3'6" - for all the talk on this BB about how it is so simple, frankly an inaccurate ride at 3'6" can get even a good horse in trouble and a miss is more likely to cause a significant problem or crash. My horse is more than capable of jumping around the bigger track (and we do so at home sometimes) but being competitive at that height is a different story for now.
                                    a. If yes what has stopped you and what do you need to get there More saddle time, mostly
                                    b. if no, why not
                                    5. What is the highest you want to jump If I ever had another jumper again, I'd like to do the low A/Os.
                                    6. has your horse affected your reasons to move up Nope, I bought one that has more scope than I'll ever use.
                                    7. why do you show if you only show below 3 feet Jumping around a 3' hunter course offers plenty of challenge, particularly in good company like we have here in Zones 1 & 2. I enjoy having the goals of qualifying for various shows like the New England or our CT finals shows, and find shows to be a nice social venue in addition to offering the opportunity to compete.
                                    8. Do you show for fun or for competition/combo? Both
                                    9. What kind of skills do you need to ride at your height or what problems have you had? (do people show in the lower levels because they rush into showing). To be competitive in the adults around here, you have to be able to find 8 good distances, nail your lead changes and have a horse that moves and jumps in good form. There are a lot of very fancy adult hunters showing in this area and the riders are mostly very competent also. The eq is also very competitive and like any other eq division, the adults have to be able to smoothly execute a course that asks some striding questions, ride an accurate track and make it look simple and effortless.
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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by Wizard of Oz's View Post
                                      Uh I don't think there's a problem showing under 3'. I do 2'6"-2'9" because my horse is a little older and honestly I get really nervous doing anything over that, even though I've been riding for a long time. I've done AA shows at that level because I like showing. IMO you can be a good rider and not jump high, and you can jump high and not be a good rider.
                                      ditto!

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                                      • #20
                                        I'll give it a whirl...

                                        Originally posted by enjoytheride View Post
                                        There seems to be a lot of anger about riders that show below 3 feet and I'd like to hear from the riders themselves.

                                        1. what is the rating of the shows you go to? why did you chose that rating?
                                        2. what height do you show?
                                        3. why did you pick that height
                                        4. do you want to move up?
                                        a. If yes what has stopped you and what do you need to get there
                                        b. if no, why not
                                        5. What is the highest you want to jump
                                        6. has your horse affected your reasons to move up
                                        7. why do you show if you only show below 3 feet
                                        8. Do you show for fun or for competition/combo?
                                        9. What kind of skills do you need to ride at your height or what problems have you had? (do people show in the lower levels because they rush into showing).
                                        1. This season we are attending unrated "B" quality shows. (Though I have competed at manyy AA shows 3'6" and up.)
                                        2. crossrails this weekend, and non-jumping
                                        3. For myself, my young horse is heading out for the first time, my customers are adult beginners, while confident, new to showing.
                                        4,.Yes, everyone does.
                                        a. Experience for the young horse, and time for the clients.
                                        b. N/A, with the exception of my mother, who may never show in the 3'. She'e nervous, but likes the challenge and the other ladies.
                                        5. Grand Prix, I have shown through the m1.40; but currently have to make my next horse.
                                        6. Depends... my horse is young and unproven... I chose the crossrails this time so we can all be in & out. 2 of the ladies are on mounted on older schoolmasters who competed in high A/O jumpers, and Regular workings'; they're creaky and shouldn't do more than 2'6". The 3rd lady has a 3 year old, it's inapproriate for him to do more than an X.
                                        7. To get dressed up, test our skills, give the young horses exposure... and get off the farm!
                                        8.Both... while I like to win, I am happy with a good day.
                                        9. I don't think anyone is rushing, I teach adult beginners. 7 year old kids start at the crossrail and w/t division, and I feel that it's part of the building block. Getting over the nerves and functioning under scrutiny.

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