For Hayley it IS a profession, she doesn't have a multi-billionaire family buying her horses and supporting her 'nice little hobby'.
It's just ridiculous. I am so angry about it all, the EA is a load of rubbish. They are a dictatorship, that sap money out of members and give nothing at all back to the riders who pay a fortune to be part of it.
There is NO logicial explanation to why Kristy was selected of Hayley. The EA know they're messed up and are too **** scared to speak out because they'll put their foot in their mouth and dig themselves into an even deeper trench.
Horse sports, particularly dressage, was on it's way up in Australia. But since the changes in the EA, and now the Olympic saga, I think we will see it dwindle down again.
I haven't sent in my membership renewal yet... and now I'm debating whether it's worth parting with that money for a few competitions when I'm equally as happy to keep training at home.