This is a toughy for me! I grew up riding English, competing English, loving jumping. But, I've recently (the last 3 years or so) been riding Western only. It's so much more relaxed, and care-free in a way. I miss the jumping, but I do it on trails anyway. I don't miss the snobbish, rich girls with their expensive warmbloods. Although I've met my fair share of "rodeo queens" riding western too!! I like english though because I know so much more about it. Sometimes I feel dumb riding Western because I don't know much about the specific types of bits they use and other equipment etc.
They both have their ups and downs, I guess. LOL But if I had to choose only one for the rest of my life, I think I'd choose Western! So many more discipline options - cutting, reining, barrel racing, pole bending, roping, trail riding, team penning, western pleasure. When I think English all I think is hunters, jumpers, dressage and eventing.
Actually, forget it. Let's just all ride bareback!!!!