I’m sure it’s been discussed before but I can’t find a thread: I don’t fully understand why USEA doesn’t have a “first year green” equivalent division for eventing. (I don’t think forcing people to level up is the solution for horse or rider, by the way)
At my last show I saw senior riders ranging from those on ex prelim horses, to riders who’d been competing/winning consistently at that level for 15 years and who had won the AEC for that level too, to people with lime green babies with AAs at their first comp. The seniors were split in two groups - A and B - without apparent intent to split instead by horse experience, rider experience or combination.
What’s the current thinking on that? If smurfs are supporting the base of sport it doesn’t feel like a big ask to pit relatively equal competitors against each other, if there are enough entrants. No doubt ribbon costs are among the lowest line items for event organizers…
It’s less fun spending wads of cash on a competition when you know you’re very unlikely to actually be competitive. And I don’t mean “a ribbon for everyone” just a slightly more level playing field?