Part of the reason I take such pride in my horse and my riding is because I manage him myself. I have assembled a team which works together with him and me to create an athlete.
When we compete my vet tries to come watch as as often as possible because he also takes pride in the horse.
My farrier often re-arranges her whole schedule to come to do just my one horse at our barn because he is on a four week schedule because she takes pride in the horse.
I really think equine management is the key to success in competition. Understanding how nutrition, healthcare, farriery, etc.. all combines to make an athlete is what gets you that extra 5% in the dressage arena, shaves off those last few seconds in the jumper ring, etc.. As much as riding is very important and represents the bulk of competetive success, knowing your horse is what is going to get you to the very tip top.
I really like how your stable runs!! I have to go out and PAY for courses like that, I would kill to have a barn provide that for me!!
They say money doesn't buy happiness -- well happiness doesn't buy horses!