I put this up on another forum so lets see what sort of replies we get here.
We have been brainwashed to think that if it is European then it has to be better. We see this mentality in breeding as well as riding. 20 years ago I would have agreed 100% but North and South America has closed the gap considerably. It was not a European that sat on the top of the heap in show jumping at the last Olympics but a North American...specifically a Canadian. The US Jumping team is very strong as is the Canadian team. The Brazilians and Mexicans cannot be sneezed at either. The US Eventing team was first at the last WEG with a Canadian bred eventer (Carrick) on that team. Dressage is lacking somewhat but inroads are being made.
So why does the idea that if it comes from Europe it has to be better still persist?