Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
lol, I remember when I wanted to make it big. I remember I wante to ride beside Ian Millar in the Olymics and be a regular competator in the GP ring at Spruce Meadows.
I remember my Mom teasing me saying "By the time you make it there, Ian will bein a wheel chair" lol.
Yeah, it is very hard work to make it to the "top". No kidding here, it really is. It is VERY competative, you will be up against THOUSANDS of other riders who are wealthy, who are talented and who have been in the game since they were in their single digits in age. Very competative, very tough, very demanding, very draining, very involved.
It's not an easy world, nor is it a friendly world - so be prepared. It is all fine and dandy sitting here at home infront of your computer saying "oh yeah, I can do it" until you are actually face to face with it.
My Suggestion is become a full time working student for a "Big Named" rider. Like Beezie Madden, Ian Millar, Rodrigo Pessoa, Erik Lamaze, Beth Underhill and the list goes on. I know many who are climbing the ladder in levels by being working students - but that's not easy either. Many of these "big named" riders are not fun to work for, and are very hard on you mentally and physically to ensure that you are doing your job 100%, and riding 100% under them - but that's also alot of money because you have to pay them $ a month to stay with them, yes, even when you are a working student.
Can it be done, yes, it can. You have to be that 1 special person inside who can do it, and that person is far and few between the normality of the horse world.
Remember, when you are a working student, you are working amongst other people just like you, who are striving to be the "one".
I'm not trying to scare you, but I am wanting you to wake up to reality and be aware of what it really is like out there in the cometative world of being "a top rider".