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post #1 of 13 Old 08-22-2012, 10:19 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation How to become someone in riding ?

Hey , I really want to get some wear be someone in horse riding. I am 15 years old I have been riding for 8 mounts can walk , trot , canter , go over poles , do obstetrical courses , three loop serpentine and four loop , do figures of s , e , a , 20 meter 10 , 5 circle and I can control the horse I am on very well. I don't own a horse but I am trying to convince my parents to get me a loan horse but it is not working so all I can use is the schools horse. I recently did a show and cam 1st in riding 2nd in beginners jumping 2nd in handy horse 3rd in which horse the judge would most like to take home. I really want to get to the top of the ladder in riding and was wondering how I can do this ? I really want to be a top dressage or eventer rider.
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post #2 of 13 Old 08-22-2012, 10:22 AM
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Ride, Ride, Ride and Ride more. It takes a long time to become a "top" rider. Go to shows ( do well ), clinics, lessons. It takes a lot of hard work, dedication, and money to get to the top.

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post #3 of 13 Old 08-22-2012, 10:25 AM
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Learn everything you can!! Ride as many horses you can and work with as many people you can. Everyone can teach you something, keep an open mind and work your butt off it won't happen overnight!
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post #4 of 13 Old 08-22-2012, 10:31 AM
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Open your wallet, very... very deep. Top mounts go for six figures and up, some of the Olympic mounts were reported to cost several million dollars each.

Of course if you don't have that kind of money than your only real option is to get noticed by someone who does and hope they offer you an apprenticeship of sorts - but keep in mind that's about as likely as winning the lottery. There are plenty of riders on the Grand Prix circuit that started off as working students with older Grand Prix riders. You'll get tons of experience, connections and more importantly access to world class horses.
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Competitive riding is all about money. If you don't have it, you need to find friends that do. Most of the top level riders not only ride their own horses, they ride for owners as well. The first piece of advice I would give you is to dedicate yourself to lessons. The second is two sharpen up your spelling and grammar. If you can't communicate effectively and in a way that makes people comfortable with you, you will get nowhere in any field, equestrian no less than any others.

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post #6 of 13 Old 08-22-2012, 11:03 AM
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Riding, lessons, clinics - you need all that to become a great rider. As for showing on top levels I know some people (may be even most) look for sponsorship. Because it's not cheap starting certain level.

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post #7 of 13 Old 08-22-2012, 11:11 AM
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how to get somewhere in riding

The best way to become a good rider is to work somewhere where you get the chance to ride loads of different horses and at the same time take advantage of whatever training they have on offer
If you are determined enough you can make it happen if you are prepared to work hard and have what it takes.
Charlotte Dujardin who amazed the dressage world with her Olympic gold started out as a groom, she was working on a showing yard in the UK and someone saw her potential - she went on to be a groom for dressage rider Karl Hester who himself started out aa a groom on a dressage yard
I will warn you though thats its hard work and mostly not well paid and you often find yourself making compromises
I would avoid the loan horse idea at present and work at getting more experience and save whatever cash you can make to buy your own horse when you are older
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post #8 of 13 Old 08-22-2012, 11:16 AM
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Originally Posted by ShaneBaybutt View Post
do obstetrical courses
I do not think that word means what you think it means. I believe the word you're looking for is obstacle.

As the others have stated, you need to have lots and lots of money, or find a very rich sponsor. You're also going to need a lot of natural talent and shine brighter than the other riders who are trying for the same things.

Money and oodles of talent are a start, and you're going to have to work long and hard for very little upfront gain at first. Many people think they have what it takes to be top riders. Actually trying to accomplish it weeds out a lot of them.
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post #9 of 13 Old 08-22-2012, 01:12 PM
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If your goal is to be the best rider you can be, then ride a lot. Read books, listen, and get as much experience as you can. Try to learn how horses think, because a horse giving you everything he has will outperform a somewhat better horse that is doing enough to get by.

If you want to become a world champion...that is a bit different. The advice that follows is distilled from two books by champion riders, plus my experience in the military - both as someone who was very good at what he did, and someone who watched others with even more talent and ambition.

Dick Francis, a champion jockey from the 50s, would have told you it is too late. He wrote that he received letters about this all the time, but he felt that at the highest levels of competition, someone starting in their teens was too late. He said someone starting in their teens could become a good jockey, but wouldn't be a great one because they had already lost out on learning horses at 5 or 6. He felt it was like learning a language - you could get very good if you start at 15, but you would never be as good as someone raised in that language. I don't know if he was right or not.

There was another book I skimmed thru but don't own. However, the main point that rider made rang true with my experience in the military - if you want to reach the very top, you need to be willing to sacrifice EVERYTHING. Work, money, friends, family - there are others out there with as much raw talent as you who are willing to sacrifice those things. If you aren't, you will be under a handicap.

In the military, my job needed someone who could look at a 2 dimensional picture and see it in 3-D. I am very gifted in that area. But I wasn't the only one...

And while I was willing to sacrifice a lot - too much, I think - I wasn't willing to sacrifice my pride, and wasn't completely willing to sacrifice my family. I spent 6 months/year deployed, but I wasn't willing to ignore them during my months home. And if a senior officer 'rode me' hard enough, I'd tell him to go to hell...and worse. One Army officer I was temporarily working for smiled briefly when I did that...and gave me an Army Commendation medal at the end, which was very unusual for an Air Force officer to receive. Some of my USAF commanders, however, didn't take it quite so well...

My biggest problem in my career was keeping my mouth shut. But I also didn't want to become one of those guys who retired and found himself living with a stranger who was supposed to be his wife. And if you are serious about going all the way to the top, then you need to be ready to sacrifice everything else for your goal - because there is someone else out there who will.

My advice? Focus on being the best rider you can be. As you get older, you can figure out how much you are willing to sacrifice. My personal values say you should always put your integrity and family ahead of your career, but you'll have to decide that for yourself.
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post #10 of 13 Old 08-22-2012, 09:02 PM
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Working student. Equine colleges. Start planning now. I've been riding since I was 8 and am going to school for a masters in biology and then going to vet school for a D V M. Being a top level rider is so much about who you know. Working students jobs are the best place to start. I personally don't want to become a top level rider, I don't have that kinda money and im not willing to give up having a family in the next ten years( im 21 ). Join a pony club, take lessons, work at a barn. Basically anything involving horses and horse people.
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