Tuesday, February 13, 2007

How do you know when you are ready to "move up" from the B circiut to the A circuit

Recently, a question from a young rider asked how one can know whether it is time to "move up" from the B circuit shows to the A circuit shows. Initially, this may seem like a simple question but the factors which influence such a decision can be quite complex and involve the support and cooperation of all the parties involved.

First, any "move up" that a young rider might consider requires the emotional and financial support and consideration of their parents and/or caregivers, the input and guidance of their trainer and a serious level of dedication by the rider.
Second, in many parts of the United States, participating in the A circuit means several hours of traveling to and from shows and the possibility of overnight or weekends stays.
Third, a junior rider requires the support and commitment of their school since most riders on the A circuit are required to miss school to participate in horse shows.

Catch up with me later this week for another update on WEF and some more answers to your questions.
Talk to you then!
Maria Schaub


At Sat Feb 24, 03:46:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Maria - I saw in some of the comments below that people were confused or angry at the sales of certain horses to different riders. I'm sure you don't want to talk directly about who's got who, but maybe you could just explain the reasons why riders at your level have to have horses that are trained to compete in the type of classes that you want to enter. That might help people understand why riders, sadly I'm sure, have to let certain horses go, so they can continue to challenge themselves as riders and meet their new goals after they have made an accomplishment. I was also wondering what you felt the advantages and disadvantages to you as a rider have been in riding and competing lots of different horses for different owners, opposed to riders who show only their own horses? Thanks, and continued luck at Wellington! - Ashley

At Sat Feb 24, 06:33:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what advice would you give so that a rider could stand out to the judge in a big class. good luck at wellington! ~Alyssa~


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