Going to the Olympics is a dream for almost every rider out there. Even I had it when I was young - then when I ventured into the REAL world of riding, training, competativeness and was surrounded by MANY others in the same boat...I quickly realized it was a slim to none dream.
There are thousands of riders out there in the U.S.A alone working very hard every single day, training, riding, compeating, finding sponsors to reach their goals, and a very slim % of that #, makes it.
But, that doesn't mean it can't be done. Look at Darren Chaicchai. He started out cleaning stalls at a Race Track. Then he became a groom for the Jockey's - then, he was given the "ok" to exercise TB's and it went from there.
He prooved himself through hard work, training, education and riding hard. Now look at where he is. He is an Olympic Eventer. He has his own barn, his own breeding program, his own buying/training/selling program and his own clients, students and sponsors.
Where there is a will, there is a way.
And - so what if you don't make it to the "Top"???? I don't want to make it to the top.
1 star is good for me. Running my own barn is good enough for me. Having my own students, my own horses and compeating. Having students and riders advance my level and progressing forward is a pleasure in itself.