Everyone progresses at different rates. There are 12 year old kids jumping Grand Prix height and there are 20 year old who still don’t feel confident cantering. It just depends on the person and the situation, so never let that stop you from doing something you love! Maybe you can look into an IHSA or IEA team, I don’t know if you are in school or college or if they are in your area, but from what I know that is a good way to get a lot of riding time and I don’t think it’s terribly expensive. You could also try to get a job, maybe even one working with horses! See if there are show barns in your area that are looking for a groom, they generally make pretty good money, plus you’ll get to be working with horses. Sometimes even being around horses and not riding them is enough to help with “the bug” lol. You could also see if lesson barns need help exercising their horses or helping muck stalls and feed, clean water buckets, etc. Then you would be making some money to help pay for lessons as well. FInally, see if there are therapeutic riding centers around you and see if you can volunteer there. Some of them, like where I used to help, will even ask you to ride their horses because they need exercise. So, you have a few options! Feel free to message me again or let me know what state you’re in and I’d be happy to try and help you find somewhere :) Good luck!
Hi! yes, I didn move away for this job. I mean it is an issue but it hasn’t been a problem for me yet, if that makes sense. The only people I know here are the people I work/ride with but just being at shows and stuff you will start to meet more people. I kind of like it because I don’t have to worry about running into someone I don’t like while I’m at the store or something like that. But no, it hasn’t been a problem for me. It is kind of an agjustment, but it hasn’t bothered me.
that sounds really familiar and it’s bothering me because I can’t find it either.. :/ can anyone help maybe??
I’ll just do the showjumping portion otherwise I’ll have to write you a book hahah. I’ll do my best but I don’t know if all this will be totally accurate because they change things pretty often. So for show jumping at rated shows there are divisions like open jumpers, schooling jumpers, 1.30 jumpers, 6 year old, etc. which I’m pretty sure are open to anyone including professionals. Then there are classes for amateurs which are called A/Os and they are either high or low, sometimes shows offer medium. I believe these heights are the same as for Junior jumpers, which are basically the same courses as A/Os only for riders under 18. There are also childrens jumpers which are also for riders under 18 and are also high, medium, low but they are all lower than any junior division. If that makes any sense. So high childrens is lower than low juniors. (confusing I know)
Then all jumpers classes can have any 1 of 3 formats, I think.
One is where the course is set and is typically between 8-14 fences, then if you jump that clear, with no time faults or rails down, you go onto the jump off which is a different course but using the same fences. You don’t come out of the ring and have something like 45 seconds before you have to start your jump off.
Another is like the one above, except if you jump clear, you have to wait for all the other riders to finish their round and then all the ones who are clear jump off later. Typically this is just for classes like grand prixs.
Power and speed is a longer course, usually like 10-18 fences. As an example, lets say there are 14 fences. Fences 1-7 are the “power” section, where you have as much time as you want to jump the fences. Then, if you jump those clear, you go onto the “speed” section which would be fences 8-14. You go directly to those fences without stopping, so it is basically just one long course. This phase is kind of like a jump off in that the fastest clear round will win. But if you got a rail down in the “power” part you don’t get to do the “speed” part.
Hope this makes some sense! haha and if I got anything wrong please anyone feel free to correct me.