Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Pfffft, you're NEVER too old! You're certainly not too old at 20! I've been riding my entire life, and I've never really competed in anything but a handful of local rodeos. I'll be 27 this year and it'll be my very first official Dressage show, after taking my first really "official" lessons in almost my entire life (my grandpa taught me to ride, and my aunt has coached me on and off through the years). I am SO excited!
Just be honest and firm with your coach. Let her know you're genuinely interested, and maybe seek out some local shows as a goal for your entrance into the show world. Most areas have fun low level shows where you don't pay a lot of money and can "try it out" so to speak! They're fantastic for first timers because really, who wants to spend $500 at your first show?
Best of luck!
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.