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    06-03-2010, 08:47 AM
Opportunity to go to Germany

I received an email today from the young rider dressage squad co-ordinator that we have the opportunity to travel to Germany for almost 2 weeks through August this year as part of a YR program.
We would be staying at Rheinische Landesreitschule Riding School, included is 3 meals a day, 2 riding lessons a day (dressage, jumping and work on the lunge), theory lessons every day and general stable work, along with touring a few of the prominent studs and foal auctions depending what is on between the dates of our stay.
I am incredibly tempted to take this opportunity, it would be a fabulous experience for me to improve not only my riding skills but theory knowledge as well.

But money and university is the problem!! It is going to cost me approximately AU$5000 to stay (good value, that's including return flights, 3 meals a day, all lessons use of school horses etc) but then there's the general spending money and going out for tours etc which I would need to cough up extra for.

Biiiig decisions ahead!!! I have until the 11th of June to 'express my interest'
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    06-03-2010, 09:01 AM
Wow! Congratulations, what an amazing opportunity. You will get so much out of it - but I understand its ALOT of money! Keep us posted on what you decide, and can you erm, speak German? Or do they speak in english for you?
    06-03-2010, 09:05 AM
Yep the money isn't too pretty. I mean, look I CAN just hand them the cash, I have it. But it's meant to be lasting me another 3 years while I finish uni and trying to keep my own horse going too I would REALLY struggle if I had to fork out all from my own pocket to go.

I did German for 3 years in high school, can't remember a hell of a lot but they speak English over there. From the other YR's that have been invited to go I know that pretty much none of them speak a word of German :P
    06-03-2010, 09:08 AM
Sounds alot like a European tour I've read about- though this one travels through 7 countries.

Sounds awesome though! Would be a great experience. Fingers crossed you can go
    06-03-2010, 09:12 AM
Yeah there are so many European tours haha, but they cost an absolute fortune and not this specific.
This one is great in that it's only Squad riders that can do it and it is all mapped out for you, you don't need to go over feeling lost and having to make your own way
    06-03-2010, 01:07 PM
Totally worth it.
And I'm betting that if you make up a decent enough sponsorship package, you could end up making money. It's all in the art of begging for money and it starts with the sponsorship package.
Make a breakdown of costs, write a bio, write a blurb about how important this trip is and how the company would be supporting a young athlete and write something on "What is Equestrian Sport?". Use the words sport, high performance, athlete, opportunity, important (and synonyms), etc.. A LOT. You cannot overuse these words. And pictures of you riding in comps are also a bonus.
Once you have a 3-4 page document, fire it off to a lot of companies in your area. If there's a mom-and-pop store you are in a lot, drop it off there, tack shops, feed stores, etc.. are a good bet too. I like to get my packages professionally printed (at least the front page) and in colour. Hit up people at your barn, your parent's friends (this is a gold mine), etc.

It is actually ridiculously easy to raise money for big trips like this.

Good luck!
    06-03-2010, 08:18 PM
Thats actually a really good idea, never would have thought of that! Its worth a shot Kayty
    06-04-2010, 12:15 AM
If I had this opportunity I would jump on it in a heart beat.
I hope that you will be able to go!
Anabel has hit the nail on the head with what she has proposed for you to do in order to raise yourself some money
In fact those where the first thoughts I had.
I too could just fork over the cash and then not have it later. I am (at 40yrs old) a college student so I get that. But the knowledge and experience you will have by going there will outway that cost more than 100 x over.

Keep us posted! I am sending you out good vibes and well wishes on this one.

Where there is the will....there is a way.
    06-04-2010, 01:56 AM
Thanks Anebel, I've actually already started putting a sponsorship letter together and have had a few suggestions of places to try locally to start with so will be getting onto that straight away. If I can get even half of the cost of going I will go, it will be a fantastic opportunity and at a very good price compared to going over on your own and finding your own way around.

Will let you know how things god Thanks for the support guys means a lot :)
    06-10-2010, 10:30 PM
Have filed for a passport today, so waiting on that and ringing this afternoon to 'express my interest' in the trip. It's all a bit exciting! I also have a friend in Germany (she came over here as an exchange student a couple of years ago) that rides, and a family friend is from Germany so has let her family know I might be going and they'll help me out where they can
All very exciting and nerve wracking, I just have to hope like hell now that I can get enough sponsorship to cover the costs!

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