Originally Posted by StopSquareSalute
There is nothing wrong with having goals, even as big as riding in the Olympics. Everyone who has reached their goal to be in the Olympics started with aspiring to be in them. Just because it is only a slim chance does not mean that everybody who dreams of it will never make it. Everyone starts somewhere.
Do I aspire to ride in the Olympics? Yes
Do I think I will get there? Probably Not
Will I work my hardest to get there? Yes
Life isn't sunshine and rainbows but that doesn't mean you shouldn't shoot for your dreams.
I never said that you should not have a goal even if it is to ride at the Olympics. What I have said is the truth and by the way you rapidly changed your goal it seems that your goal is not serious.
To be selected for any International representation of your country is an honour and, as such, highly contested. With events like athletics, it is down to the ability of each individual person. With horses it is totally different, there is another thinking mind involved.
I have been around a lot of the top UK event riders, I know what goes into them competing at top level and how many horses do not make the grade.
I also know that most have money behind them, initially their own and then as they get up the ladder, with sponsorship.
William Fox Pitt has a barn of at least twenty five horses competing at various levels. He has a large staff to back him.
He has two large horseboxes to travel to events in and spends more of his time living in them during the season than he does in his own home.
His horsebox would cost in the region of $100,000 plus.
For every top horse ha rides he has had three times that number that do not make the top grade.
It is the same with show jumpers.
It can be done. Charlotte Dujardin, who won double gold dressage 2012, went to work for dressage rider Carl Hester. He saw her talent and let her ride Valegro, a horse he had competed on. The fact that the pair started to beat him gave him genuine pleasure, and now Charlotte holds the world record for the most points in a test, shows what a great person he is.
Majority of riders who make top grade do have money behind them and often parents who compete in the same sport.
As you age you will realise that often it is not what you know but who you know.
Good luck to you!