My parents have always been supportive. It took a few years of continually bugging them and taking lessons before they decided it wasn't just a "phase" that I'd grow out of. My dad even took some *GASP* English riding lessons with me, and when we finally got horses, he got one for himself too, so we could go trail riding together. Mom rode a horse ONCE when we were horse camping, and has refused to ride since then, but she still comes to shows when she can. After dad's horse was put down, he hasn't done anything with them since, but they both support my decision. My younger brother used to ride, but quit after my dad's horse took off with him, and ran him under some trees, and my older brother has never had an interest, and definitely used to "hide" whenever he was in the car and my mom would take me to the barn. He's better now, but still isn't a huge fan. My dad's definitely been more of the "its not really as dangerous as you think it is" kind of person, and wanted me to go whatever direction I wanted to go in, drove me around to look at horses, and my mom is a bit more the "it looks so dangerous, are you sure you are being safe, make sure that you do a,b,c to ensure your safety" kind of person, so she'll come to shows, but it took years of dad telling mom that I wasn't a good rider, took lots of lessons, and knew what I was doing, before she backed off a bit. They paid for years of lessons, pony club, two of my horses, gas to get to the ranch, all my competitions, and then when I hit 18, they said that I had to start taking over paying for the horse, and if I couldn't afford it, then I had to sell, as it is expensive, and they didn't want to spend the rest of their lives paying for my "hobby", I now train horses, and hope to work as a breeding manager at a farm, and they still support me, though they do think I could make better money with a different job.