I ride english because that was what I was taught. I did ride western last summer for about a month in a half when I was helping to train horses on Macanak island in Michigan. I had to get up everymorning and I helped take groups of people out and trained horses. It was fun but I was happy to get back into my nice english saddle ha ha ha
I perfer english. But my great uncle; he had a horse, that is now my grandmothers, Major, that was a champion roping horse and I did do roping with him a couple times down in florida, western is fun, but im more into the hunter/jumpers.
I rode english growing up and I prefer it. The past couple of years I have been trail riding mostly and so I use a western saddle for that. When I first bought the western saddle I had to have someone show me how to cinch up the horse, lol. English saddles are much simpler and lighter.
I rode 90% bareback and 10% English as a kid. When I got Arrow, I had an English saddle for awhile, but it bridged on him. I rode in a bareback pad, no stirrups, for 10 months, but he's high-withered and I worried about the band around his spine. I've switched over to western since the bars distribute weight over a larger area, and I weigh about 155. I'm currently eagerly awaiting a saddle that I had custom built just for his hard to fit back that will be endurance style--the one thing I hate about western is that darn horn hitting either my wrists or my stomache. Horns are meant for hold cows only, I think!
Where I live its 90% English. I would have to drive 45 minutes to ride western (on trails) and even further than that for a western lesson. Needless to say I grew up riding English. I find Western saddles to be extremely uncomfortable.