I have a 12 year old AQHA quarter horse, who I ride both English and Western. He is primarily English, and is often confused for a TB or even an import. I am 16, and a Junior in high school.
I board at a barn about 20 minutes away, and the owner takes me to shows. These shows have only been local.
I really want to start doing bigger shows. They hold these shows generally 2+ hours away, so transportation would get expensive. I technically have a sponsor for my riding, but none of the programs they have worked out have given me a cent of money.
Iím off to college in a few short years, and I plan on pursuing a degree in Equine Business Management. I have a few universities in mind, but nothing set in stone. I know for sure that I want to be on the equestrian team for the university, and ride hunter/jumper. I have been trained in jumping, but my horse lacks experience.
It is near impossible to jump my horse. The owner gets mad if he digs up the indoor arena, and the indoor is too small to set up even two jumps. There is an outdoor, but living in Michigan, thatís a problem in the winter and when itís rainy or windy. Also, the footing is bad.
Boarding elsewhere is not an option. My mom wouldnít let me, and I have loyalty towards this barn.
I can always tell that my mom doesnít want me to jump, but this is all I want to do. I have another horse, and sheís a filly. I have considered entering Comet in the AQHA breed association, but with this new filly, it isnít practical. She is registered with APHA. My mom wants me to just stick with the locals, but I donít feel like Iím getting the experience I want so badly.
I have no idea what I want to do. With the show season just ending, I can start training Comet in whatever I want. With the issues of the arenas, and the fact that my mom doesnít really want us to jump, jumping doesnít look likely.
Iím stuck. Any advice? I'm open to anything, except selling the filly.