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post #1 of 15 Old 07-03-2011, 05:47 PM Thread Starter
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Another "Am I Too Old" question

I found Horse Forum via a google search for 'older barrel racers' and saw this topic "Am I Too Old" and thought woo hoo! here's my question!

When I saw the original poster's age, I just had to laugh. 26? Bless your heart! You go girl!!

I'm almost 58. I rode grew up riding western (4-H, Texas Youth Rodeo) then in high school switched to hunter jumpers and continued in combined training until about 20 years ago. I rode at modest novice levels, nothing really wild or crazy. 20 years ago I went through a very traumatic divorce and with 2 small kids (twins) had to give up riding. It was like losing my heart.

Now, I'd love to get back in and barrel racing is one of the things I'd love to do, but I also wondered if I was too old at this point. Obviously I couldn't compete at the professional or even super amateur levels, but surely there's a place for a (still) horse crazy old lady to ride and compete at some level?

I have a good foundation in riding, even if it is rusty after so long away. I'd love to have some feedback from y'all and while I'm at it, what a great site! I'm glad I stumbled across it!
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post #2 of 15 Old 07-03-2011, 05:59 PM
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I certainly hope not, because if you are then I have nothing to look forward too. I didn't get back into horses until I was 36, and I plan on making up for lost time:)

So in lies the madness, the pursuit of the impossible in the face of the complete assurance that you will fail, and yet still you chase.
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I know zero about barrel racing, I do know that this 54 year old re rider is jumping again, so I say go for it, and read this

June Holeman began riding horses more than 50 years ago, but she never knew it would get her to Las Vegas for the National Finals Rodeo.
Back then, it was merely a means of transportation, a way to get to the small Nebraska school she attended near her home in Arcadia.
Today, Holeman is contending for a barrel racing title in the third round of the National Finals Rodeo in the Thomas & Mack Center.
The 62-year-old Finals rookie is the oldest athlete to compete in the 47-year history of the NFR. She topped the record set by 60-year-old barrel racer Martha Josey in 1998.
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Oh thank you! I am inspired! (now to find the money, lol!)
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post #5 of 15 Old 07-03-2011, 08:45 PM
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Most associations have an older riders class, nbha has seniors class for 50 and over, and Ibra has masters for 40 and over. My great grandpa competed and ran at state until he was 70 something, he just finally slowed down last year at 76, still rides but I haven't seen him show in awhile. He had a hip replaced a few years before that though..
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post #6 of 15 Old 07-03-2011, 09:28 PM
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No matter how old you are, you are never too old to get back into riding. I say GO FOR IT!! There are times when I feel the same way. I'm 35 (I know, still a youngin), and have never owned a horse..yet. Last time I rode a horse was back in 1995. Sometimes life gets in the way of some of the things you use to enjoy. But I looking for a way to change that. Good luck! :)
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Thank you all for your encouragement! Flytobecat, I hear you about making up for lost time; I feel that way too. GoldenHorse, I know exactly how you feel about jumping - I loved doing cross country and sailing across the big logs and such. I wish you all success in that. Littleamy76 - after I had to sell my mare "Meg" (that's her in my avatar), I rode a friend's horse once or twice and then tried to take lessons (hunter) for a few weeks but that didn't work out. That was back in 1997, so you and I are about even on that score. But I did own a wonderful horse and I really hope you will find your friend very soon.

Thank you all for your responses and encouragement. Guess it's time to get off the fence, dust off my hat and figure out a plan to get "re-horsed"!
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post #8 of 15 Old 07-04-2011, 10:48 PM
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You're not too old until you die... and even then I believe there are horses in heaven

In seriousness though, I knew a lady who hadn't rode her first horse until she was 40. When I knew her she was around 60 and going strong in dressage and jumping. She still riding today and that was about 12 yrs ago.
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post #9 of 15 Old 07-04-2011, 11:31 PM
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Most of the associations I run with have an older age group. My opinion is as long as you're physically able and you have the will to go and run you're never too old. Age doesn't cut someone's heart out of the game the or the mindset of a rider. I say go for it! Good luck and keep us posted on how things work out for you!

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Never too old for something you love!
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