Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Brisbane, Australia
No you don't have to show in order to improve your riding. Riding is all about enjoying yourself and if you don't want to show, your trainer should move past it. As Saddlebag mentioned, it can help to give you an indication to see how you are going, but it isn't necessary.
There is one principle that should never be abandoned, namely, that the rider must first learn to control himself before he can control his horse. This is the basic, most important principle to be preserved in equitation - Alois Podhajsky