Moving Up

It seems as though in the sport of eventing there has been a sudden desire to move quickly up the levels. As a junior myself, I understand the aspirations to move up at the same time as your friends, or compete at the upper levels before leaving for college, but is this rush to move up really necessary in a sport where most of the Olympians are 40+ years old?

Phillip Dutton was 33 at his first Olympic Games in 1996, and he is still competing now at the age of 50!

Phillip Dutton was 33 at his first Olympic Games in 1996, and he is still competing now at the age of 50!


Especially among the juniors and young riders things like “I only ride at … level” are heard constantly. Competing successfully at any level is a victory in itself, and you should be proud of yourself whether you compete at the Elementary or Preliminary level.
My horse Simon and I moving up to Training level, after three years at novice.

My horse Simon and I moving up to Training level, after three years at novice.


Especially among the juniors and young riders things like “I only ride at … level” are heard constantly. Competing successfully at any level is a victory in itself, and you should be proud of yourself whether you compete at the Elementary or Preliminary level.

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