Hi, my names sarah coupe. I am a 15 year old girl with a huge passion for horses. I have been riding for 8/9 years and couldnt think of a better hobbie. However my parents cannot afford to buy me a horse, and the career I would like to follow is Three Day Eventing. I have a horse on three day loan, but unfortunately she is not quite young enough to get me where I would like to be. I was wondering if anyone had any adivice about eventing yards in South Yorkshire, that are looking for a young talented rider that wants to get ahead in the eventing world. Thanks for any feedback.
Hi and welcome to the board!
My advice is this:
Find a facility where they do Eventing. Talk to the BM, or the BO and the Coaches - Coaches who compete regularily in the sport.
Get on as a Working Student
and start out with that. You will beable to work off board, work off lessons, work of training. While learning, growing and obtaining the experience and information needed to progress in this highly competative and highly demanding sport.
You have to work very hard. If you want it, you will achieve it.
I have friends who have made it - one is at 3 star now and just got scouted by Bruce Davidson. She started with nothing and now runs her own barn.
Believe it or not - majority of the top riders you see in the sport of Eventing, don't even compeate on their own horses. They are paid to ride other people's horses, and that's how they make their money. Same with the GP Jumping world.
You don't have to have your own horse either. You can be a working student and ride your trainers horses. Work off lessons and work off comps.
You can then find a Trainer/Rider who rides at Upper Levels in Eventing, and become their working student. You'll get far that way.
There is a rider in my area who is one comp away from quallifying for Rolex. She started out as a working student, and now runs her own barn. Has her own clients. Her own horses. You have to start somewhere. If there is a will, there is a way. You just have to find it and be willing to do it.
When I was a working student, I prooved myself to be capeable and knowledgeable enough to ride boarders horses and the BM's clients horses. Gave me allot of time in the saddle. I was riding up to 5/6 horses a day. That got my name out there. Not all of us have Mommy's and Daddy's who pay for everything - so those of us who have to work for it on our own, find ways to achieve our goals and wants.
There are quite a few people out there who are compeating on a regular basis and prooving themselves to be capeable - who aren't riding their own horses and who work very hard for what they want.
I have another friend who prooved herself to the community and gets to ride their horses in comps, that the owners pay for themselves - to get their horses seen and noticed by others. She prooved herself capeable enough as a trainer, she now has her own clients. She just moved to 1 star.
Another, never owned a horse a day in her life. Impecable rider, prooved herself and rides other people's horses in comps - that she doesn't have to pay a dime for. She is climbing the ladder in levels amazingly well.
These riders are been seen. Recognized and getting their faces and names out there. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised to see them at Rolex one day. THOSE are the riders who make it to the top.