So currently I am an eventer and I love it but I went to a cross country event to support a friend (my horse is not show ready yet...). When I was there a horse fell after a jump and broke its leg at Preliminary level... I had to watch this horse almost drown in the water, stuggle to get up, scream and yell for other horse to them have the vet bring up the tarp wall and put the horse down on the course. Its something that has been ingraved in my mind forever. I really do love eventing but I know have been starting to ride dressage more because my horse is crazy and green. I love jumping and eventing but it scares me and dressage is so relaxing and carefree. My trainer really wants me to ride dressage for young riders because she thinks I am a really great rider and she love teaching me. She has great resources like Hilda Gourney, Yves Savenyon (sp) and a few other great riders. I think I might have a chance to be a good and go grand prix and go to the Olympics if I stick I with dressage and stop eventing. My eventing trainer thinks I should do young riders for eventing and she loves teaching me too.... Both trainers think me and my horse will be a kick ass team but it seems like I could really be set if I do dressage but iffy if I do eventing. So my question is should I work hard at dressage and go for gold or should I stick with eventing were it feels I will never get anywhere. Im sooooo confused........... I just feel like im always nervous up to a jump but when I get on and do dressage I feel like I can take on the world. I just feel like if I was going to be a good eventing I would love jumping higher, going really fast and hot horses. I do like hot horse, and I like going fast in control, and I do like jumping but I always get a pit in my stomach before I do it and just thinking about it gets me nervous... IDK! What do you think? Why do you do dressage, jump, or event?
Bandera 6 yo Hano x Canadian Crescent Star Eventing Team