| DO NOT EVER UNDER ESTIMATE THIS SPORT regardless of "how experienced" or "how knowledgeable" you are. And those who do under estimate this sport, do not belong out there. |
I've been Eventing since High School, and do you think I school CC without a Coach? ABSOLUTELY NOT!!! I do NOT under estimate this sport for one second, and I become infuriated at those who do not take this sport as seriously as I do. I've competed high up in the Lower Levels, and I've never schooled without eyes on the ground.
Um, I don't think I ever mentioned that anyone can now enough, or be experienced enough not to need instruction/eyes on the ground. However, the US is waaaay more trainer oriented than Australia - Totally different culture. It is not feasible here for every rider to have a trainer/instructor with them every time they ride a CC course. There are many 'open to the public' CC courses - Often the ONLY place people can train. Instructors here are busy, and often only teach at a riding school or their own place - Which a lot of the time do not have the same facilities that the open CC courses do. They are also expensive - Paying to have an instructor present EVERY time you venture onto a CC course is simply not finacially do-able for the majority of lower-level eventers - Often they are flat out paying entry fees and maintenance on their horses.
It is preposterous to say that people who ride CC without a trainer present aren't taking the sport seriously. That's like saying someone who doesn't keep their horse at a place with a barn, arena, etc. isn't taking riding seriously.