I didn't grow up on a farm, ranch, or even around horsey people. I was in the local 4-H club which did rodeo events...I was the social outcast as I attempted to perfect my "equitation." Still I only competed a few times a year because...well I'll just say it...my family was dirt poor. The fact that even had a horse and all his expenses really is a testament as to how much my parents loved me.
Anyway...one day I thought I'd be able to live my dreams of glory...riding across the final jump of the Rolex XC course when I was "older."
Well...now I'm older...only 28 mind you...but still older. I'm still far removed (2+ hours) from an eventing trainer and schooling course...I have a husband, a 2 year old daughter...and my budget is still tight...solid middle income...but with mortgage and bills...still a tight budget.
As I read stories about the competitors of the Rolex...many of them are younger than me...training under the elite of the elites!
And even if I said "chuck it all" drained my savings and IRA accounts and really went for it...I'd have to leave my husband and daughter for months at a time!
Is it possible to have a life and a really competitive horse life...sigh...
Just a little rant...I need chocolate...