I was just wondering how do people end up competing/eventing internationally? Do you have to qualify, do you have to be chosen, or what? I'm slightly foggy about this. I was just wondering because this my very very long term goal
A lot of times those who compete internationally have a) been competing for a long time, b) have trained with other international trainers, c) have (in all honesty) gotten lucky in finding a very inexpensive horse that ended up with the talent to go international, d) have the money to compete regularly and take regular lessons, e) live in an area with a lot of shows of all levels (ex: east coast, west coast). It's really a toss up of a lot of factors, imo.
Or F) have your dad or mom be an international rider.
It's ALOT of hard work, and really expensive. I have a friend who competes in international level events (2 stars) and his family is really well off in the money buisness. But he's also a good rider, who trains horses and works well with them.
I think to be a FEI level rider, you have to understand the horse and every aspect of it's care and the sport. You have to know the horse inside and out.
Buck Davidson's new horse, Titanium, is an OTTB. And wasn't Cool Mountian, William FP's ride at Rolex this year? I love those kinds of horses. The ones that come from nothing. It makes me all warm and fuzzy on the inside :)