I'm 15 now, have been riding since I was 6 at the same barn with the same trainer. We're not a showing barn, and we only jump up to 2'3". I know that I am capable of doing more but I'm not sure if I want to change barns so I can do more.
I LOVE my barn. There are 3 girls I've been riding with for a really long time and they are my closest friends. I love the horses and one of them, Tia, I just totally adore her and I really have a connection with her. And I'm so close to my trainer. She's a great trainer, and has great ideas for making riding more fun and improving our riding. And we're just really close and she's like a 2nd mom to me (the kind of mom that Rory has in Gilmore Girls, haha sorry for the random tanget). So I don't really want to leave...
But at the same time, I want to jump higher, do shows, etc. I don't want to go to the Olympics or anything that big, but I just really want the experience of doing some local shows and I REALLY want to start jumping higher. So I really want to change barns so I can do that stuff.
Another issue is money. If I were to change barns, my parents wouldn't be willing to pay for shows and stuff. I'm totally willing to put in hours and hours of work to earn money so I can do shows. But then I wouldn't be able to get as much riding time in because I'd always be working.
Sooo....long story short, I'm really torn about what I should do. Opinions please!!!