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    01-06-2008, 09:13 PM
  #1
Foal
Has anyone actually gone to Europe to study DRESSAGE?!...

Since reading an article in a horse mag about people who have gone overseas and worked in a 'known' stable in exchange for dressage leassons I've seriously been considering it as an after school option...

I wanted to know if anyone else has considered this OR actually done it?? I wanna know ALL you have to tell!!!

Thanx
     
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    01-06-2008, 11:09 PM
  #2
Weanling
I know a trainer at my old barn went to France for a while (now she's fluent in french), and I believe it helped her a lot..even though she isn't the best rider.

I'm kind of considering it. I'd like to maybe go to the UK, France or Germany, however first I'd like to get known in USA :P (if that will ever happen! [prays])
     
    01-06-2008, 11:19 PM
  #3
Foal
Lol yeah I would like to get known in Australia first too...

I would like to go to England or Germany too, i'd go for about a year tho so I guess when im in between horses ill make a break and give it a try
     
    01-09-2008, 06:31 PM
  #4
Foal
When I was 16 I went to Germany for 2 months and worked at a barn there. It was insane and overwhelming, but definitely worthwhile. I had the time of my life, worked with some amazing trainers and horses, learned A LOT, and made a lot of memories.

You had better be prepared to work HARD. Most Americans think that it's going to be a nice trip and they are going to have such a great time, and they are very surprised when they realize how much work is expected of them. It's no picnic in the park. The work wasn't really a problem for me, I've been a working student for my trainer for years, so I am used to the long hours.

It will really break you down. I was constantly fighting to prove myself, and it is really hard to find out just how little you really know when you are so far away from home.

I would reccommend it, but only to extremely hardworking, dedicated, determined, and quick witted riders.
     
    01-09-2008, 10:31 PM
  #5
Foal
Well firstly im from Australia lol... OMG your so lucky! The mag I was reading said a couple of months wasnt enough and he eventually forgot it and went back... did this happen to you, I was thinking of 6 months... I no atm if I went I wouldnt be a good enough rider, so I was thinking of going in a few years... but I THINK I would be up to the work lol... but we'll see

Ta
     
    01-09-2008, 11:39 PM
  #6
Weanling
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Originally Posted by diamond zar
well firstly im from Australia lol... OMG your so lucky! The mag I was reading said a couple of months wasnt enough and he eventually forgot it and went back... did this happen to you, I was thinking of 6 months... I no atm if I went I wouldnt be a good enough rider, so I was thinking of going in a few years... but I THINK I would be up to the work lol... but we'll see

Ta
I spent 3 years in America training horses at world championship level with Paints. I was very dedicated and spent more then 17hrs a day in the barn. You will find that you will learn things that you never even knew were possible and you will either love it and never want to come home or hate it within the first few months.

I truly believe that I am only the person I am due to the time I spent overseas learning about the one thing in the world that was so important to me. You need to give it a year though and truly experience what life in another country is all about. Good luck and keep us posted on what you decide to go with :)
     
    01-10-2008, 05:14 PM
  #7
Foal
Sorry, I didnt realize you are from australia.
Yeah, I was really lucky for that opportunity. My trainer is from Europe, so he has a lot of connections over there.
Two months probably wasn't enough, but I was only 16 and I was on summer vacation, so I had to go back. I'm planning on going back once I'm done with school, and I will probably stay for a year or more. I don't think I've forgotten what I learned there. Those lessons are things that will stay with me for the rest of my life. Yes, I have slipped back on some things since I left, but I havent forgotten.
     
    01-14-2008, 01:01 AM
  #8
Foal
Well it sounds like whenever I do go (if ever!! ) I will have a lot to do and learn... I deffinatly think ill go in my early 20's, I have a few things id like to conquer in australia first... *dreams*... my trainer has connections in new zealand so maybe ill jet over there first... lol who knows!?
     

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