1st Intro advice please!

Luckylocalian

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Ok I am aiming to do my 1st intro in the next month or so and am wondering whether to do Milton Keynes, Tweseldown or Etridge. I am based in North London (Mill Hill) and these are all much of a muchness distance wise. I just want a nice inviting fairly flat course to give him a good run. Any advice gratefully received!

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Tdown is not flat and it's twisty and jumps can come up quickly from round corners and bushes not giving the inexperienced horse/rider much time to focus on the fence and prepare, but on the plus side the going is always good.

Personally I would opt for a more traditional gallopy open course to get the horse into a good rhythm and going forwards to its fences not having to always pull and set up for fences on a tighter twisty course.
 

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I don't know Milton Keynes but Eridge is 2 mins from us and i know it well. Last year was its first intro and it was pretty tough as intros goes....it's also very hilly there. I wouldn't recommend it was a first intro tbh.

Tweseldown is a lovely place, fairly flat and good, sandy going. This March was their first intro and i gather it was up to height but inviting.

If you can start a couple of weeks earlier, Berkshire College of Agriculture (BCA) is a lovely event, inviting and not too hilly. Great 1st intro and wouldn't be too far from you.

Later on there is Brightling (not much further than Eridge), which although a little bit hilly (up hill finish) and fairly up to height it is so well built, solid and inviting. Always jumps really well and nothing trappy or tricky.
 

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Hmmm yes on second thoughts Chloe is right about Tweseldown...it is twisty. Brightling is definitely an open, gallopy course
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I know my friend took her youngster to do his first intro at MK and she seemed to find the course inviting. I don't know whether it's twisty or a galloping course though, but I know she was very pleased with how her horse went there!
 

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I don't know Eridge, but I wouldn't recommend Tweseldown as a first Intro as their courses are generally pretty tough for each level.
Milton Keynes is a nice, gallopy course and echo the above comments about BCA which is probably closer for you and is also a lovely course IMO, although a bit earlier.
 

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Excellent - thanks for all your advice. I think that I will do MK and Breightling then and maybe go schooling at Tweseldown so he can have a little play. Any other tips/suggestions gratefully received! Thanks
 
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