|this is me, wanting to die. at groundpoles.|
Plain and simple. I spent a weekend in May watching a really great XC clinic and while I enjoyed the skill level and happiness of the riders and horses present, I had absolutely zero interest in joining them. Frankly, even trotting my horse around the ground poles was enough to make me nauseous. I have a bad history with XC and I don't want to revisit it.
I enjoy jumping, dressage, and trail riding. I have no interest in putting them together to do XC.
|basically a ribbon per hour|
So I entered an eventing, what, division? I dunno. I did my dressage and won it. No ribbon. I went out on the gorund poles course and damn near got disqualified and thus dropped down in the placing. One ribbon. No chance to re do. No chance to make it up or have a better experience.
Seems suspect to me.
|this is not what the real eventers wear|
I know wtf I'm a tack ho, right? Well. I am. But I am not a clothes ho. How can eventers afford all the shiznit that goes along with eventing? Let's say you're an average ammy in hunters or dressage trying to switch over. Your horse is reasonably broke. You have breeches, a shirt, and a show coat. WELL NOW GUESS WHAT?
Eventing watch: $100
Eventing body protector: $150+
Eventing air bag: $400+
Arm band (or more expensive ride safe bracelet): $5+
Either your hunter coat is wrong for dressage or your dressage coat is wrong for stadium, so let's guesstimate at $100+ to get a second appropriate coat.
Oh, and say you get dumped in the water hazard: $100+ for back up show breeches.
And that's not including making sure your horse is safely decked out for all three phases.
4) I am not good enough to take those kind of chances.
Here's the thing with eventing: if you fall off because your horse spooks hard on centerline, you're done. In phase one. Good bye entry fees and hauling and hotel! Never liked having money anyways.
I mean, if you're a hot-dogging awesome super-human freak (raise your hand), that's fantastic because you never fall off. If you're me, the very idea of hauling all the way to a show (closest event=6 hours), just to get disqualified with no other options to ride is absolutely sickening.
|like these. bought these.|
I'm not saying eventing is bad. It's a lot of fun to watch and it gets a lot of visibility (thanks Olympics!). For the people who are good at it, it looks like a total blast. For the rest of us, there's a lot of things that make more sense. Things with ribbons. And multiple classes. And SO MUCH LESS SHIT.
And this from a person who likes accumulating horse stuff.