I always wanted to ride, but never got the chance to start taking lessons until the summer before I graduated college. I knew I wanted to ride English, but didn't know much more than that. The barn I ended up starting at was a jumper barn, and had me jumping by the time I had to leave to go back to school.
When I graduated, I moved to another state and found another barn, also a jumper barn, and continued with lessons. After nearly a year of riding, I still didn't feel like I had the basics down very well, even though I was jumping and had never fallen off. I ended up moving again later that year, and this time looked for a dressage barn. I wanted to get the basics down and really learn how to work with the horse, not just point it at jumps and go.
...and I've been hooked ever since