Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southeastern PA
I think that dreaming of the Olympics is a little unrealistic. It's just not possible that everyone can be that good with just hard work.
However it is possible for someone without massive income to be successful, it's harder of course, but possible. At the top levels of riding, it's normal for others to own the horse, and for there to be plenty of sponsors. But it's hard to get there.
If I could, I'd buy a $20k + horse, to be showing at the level I'd like to show at.
I simply don't have that kind of income, so I bought a $2k OTTB and am trying to bring him on. He's probably never going to be at the level I'd like him to be at, but he has a chance to be maybe good enough - we'll see.
If I had the income, I'd be showing already. I don't, so I am working towards it.
When I was MUCH younger, I had a fantastically talented pony, and we were very successful together. But I found that the higher up we got, the harder it was, obviously. My one single pony with massive heart and I were competing against girls bringing up to 8 ponies to a show. Each class, they had a new fresh, none tired pony. They brought so many horses, so they always had a back up and would often leave with some of their expensive horses having never been ridden.
I'd ride in two classes, each with jump offs, so 4 times in the ring and my little mare would still whoop their fancy rides. But then I couldn't ask more of her than that, so had to choose my classes carefully.
With limited income, it's more likely that you would need to buy a young horse as a prospect than an already made one. And do the work yourself.
I feel that's more rewarding, if it does pay off - but it's equally, and in fact, probably more likely that it won't pay off.
However focusing on what other people can do because of their income, isn't the least bit helpful to you. Focus on what you can do, and try your best.