I'm desperate for some advice...My daughter, 11, is completely hooked on riding and is currently a student of Saddle Seat. We originally signed up at this barn because the BO has a fantastic reputation for being a great trainer. As a previous rider myself - I really wanted her to develop fantastic ground work and a lot of confidence dealing with horses.
My daughter has progressed nicely within one year - places first in her classes. One problem that we are facing is that our current barn has quit showing Academy and my daughter hasn't shown since the Spring. She's driving me crazy and wants to seriously pursue this. I have approached the BO about showing and have been told that she would not take my daughter to certain shows and that they are for "serious" riders. She participates in 2-3 lessons a week. We have not pursued leasing or buying from the BO and I can only assume that this is what she is expecting us to do. We have not considered this since we feel she would have to trade up in a couple of years and we are not sure this is the discipline she needs to pursue. I'm concerned that she may have more opportunities in other disciplines.
Now on to the second problem, she attended a summer hunter camp and fell in love with it as well. I know that this other barn shows a lot.
As I type this I am beginning to realize that we need to first decide the discipline she wants to pursue. But, don't you think 11 is a little young to have to pick? Is it possible for a child this young to be taught to do both? Or would it jeopardize her technique?
To top it off - these barns are very competitive and we have all heard the arguments "my style is better"! I do not feel comfortable discussing these issues in depth with either trainer.
I had a friend who recommended 4-H. But I'm not sure how that works if we do not own a horse suitable for showing.
This is wearing me out and we are wasting time - advice please...
Thanks so much!