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    04-26-2012, 03:55 AM
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Weanling
Olympic (or similar) goals anyone?

I know threads similar to this have been posted all over the forum, but I wanted to post one specifically for the english disciplines.

This forum consists of a wide variety of riders from different backgrounds, all who have varying riding/horse resources, and have different levels of experience.

I was just curious as to if anybody here has any huge long-term goals such as competing in the Olympics and/or any other event to that high of a degree?

Please share all thoughts/goals!
     
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    04-26-2012, 04:00 AM
  #2
Weanling
It's not for a competition or event, but I am planning to ride round the world...
     
    04-26-2012, 06:27 AM
  #3
Yearling
I dream of competing at a national level across Canada doing show jumping, but I do not dream of going Grand Prix doing international events. Reason being that it probably takes an incredible amount of luck, money and contacts to get to that point. I'm sure there are riders as good if not better than Eric Lamaze who hasn't been given a chance at Grand Prix so the likelihood of me making it to that level down the road is probably zero.

... it's good to dream but it's even better to be realistic with yourself and what you can and cannot achieve in life. :)
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    04-26-2012, 06:32 AM
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Yearling
Many, if not most, people who are riding at that level probably don't have the time to be footering about on the internet.
     
    04-26-2012, 09:24 AM
  #5
Foal
I just got back into riding a few months ago, so as a 21-year-old I feel like it would be silly to dream of the Olympics when kids have been riding their entire lives and already competing in major Show Jumping Events in their teenage years.

But I can't help but think of it from time to time! If anything, watching those incredible athletes and having such a big "goal" helps propel me to do better. Kind of like the saying, "Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars". :)
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    04-26-2012, 04:48 PM
  #6
Weanling
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Originally Posted by thesilverspear    
Many, if not most, people who are riding at that level probably don't have the time to be footering about on the internet.
While that is probably true, you do not have to be at that level yet to have the goal of getting there (and that is the purpose of this thread).
     
    04-26-2012, 05:20 PM
  #7
Weanling
Great goals everybody! Keep them coming!
     
    04-26-2012, 05:26 PM
  #8
Weanling
I would like to show my TB at 3rd level dressage "someday." We are just starting in dressage and I am in my 40's, so it may not happen. But.....I can dream and work towards it. Even if we never do great, we will enjoy our time learning and making progress along the way.
     
    04-26-2012, 08:17 PM
  #9
Yearling
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Originally Posted by DressageDreamer    
I would like to show my TB at 3rd level dressage "someday." We are just starting in dressage and I am in my 40's, so it may not happen. But.....I can dream and work towards it. Even if we never do great, we will enjoy our time learning and making progress along the way.
There's a dressage rider in Japan in his 70's who qualified for the Olympics:

Hiroshi Hoketsu, Japanese Equestrian, Qualifies For 2012 London Olympics At 70

You have plenty of time to make it! :)
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    04-26-2012, 08:41 PM
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Green Broke
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Originally Posted by BrinkofSunshine    
I just got back into riding a few months ago, so as a 21-year-old I feel like it would be silly to dream of the Olympics when kids have been riding their entire lives and already competing in major Show Jumping Events in their teenage years.
Gillian Rolton didn't jump until she was 21, ever. She rode in hack classes and such before then, but her first jump wasn't until she was 21. She went on to be part of the gold medal Olympic team in Atlanta. You might remember her - she was the girl who fell off her horse, broke her collar bone and two ribs, and got back on to finish the cross country day. She competed at the Atlanta Olympics when she was 30 - a mere 9 years after she first started to jump.
     

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