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post #1 of 8 Old 07-01-2014, 09:39 AM Thread Starter
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Could I possible do the unthinkable?

I had a question is it possible for someone like me to make the USA jumping team? Here's a little bit of my background. I was a gymnast for 15 years. My parents wanted me to do something else outside of gymnastics so I did a little horseback riding. Then in 2011 my life crashed I received an ACL/knee injury on vault I was devastated. My dream was to be on a NCAA team. I started riding again in 2012 I was progressing good until they closed the barn :/. I had a hard time looking for a barn because most of them were really far. I thought I found a good barn in the beginning of 2014 but the owner really didn't care for me. Now I found an amazing barn that's only 15 min away from me! I haven't been taking a lot of lessons because the month has been hectic for my instructor because of camp and new horses. She said this month(July) will be much better. I have been jumping now about 2 feet taking 1 lesson a week because she didn't have availability. I'm going to ask her for more lessons so I can ride more. I'm very determined and want it so bad. Sorry for writing too much!
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post #2 of 8 Old 07-01-2014, 09:51 AM
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If you truly believe that you CAN do it and are determined to and if you won't let anything stand in your way then, it is possible! !
But of course, it is a long shot and you would need a lot of skill, determination, time oh and also money to achieve it. But, you never know! ! I am a believer in always pursuing your dreams, don't let the opportunity go! Oh, and if you are blessed with buckets of luck, that would help! Good luck!
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post #3 of 8 Old 07-02-2014, 05:17 PM
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Riding for the US is a very very difficult goal to attain and difficult life once you get there. If you look at Olympic teams in the past most are made up of trainers kids who grew up showing, independently wealthy, etc. Riding in the Olympics isn't like gymnastics where it's mainly (all) kids who are trying to reach a goal before they age out. Most of the riders are people who have been riding and showing for decades. They grew up riding for big name trainers, ride multiple horses every day, often are home schooled so they can be on the road competing constantly, etc. It also takes an incredible amount of money. A maclay horse (and most of the big riders have done/won the maclay) is well into the 6 digits. Most people who are competing at the big shows (yes, even little pony kids) own multiple horses. For one of our clients to take one horse to a closer smaller rated show, they spend about $1500-2000 a week. I know people who's show bills at bigger fancier barns come out closer to $10,000 a week. It is a ridiculous amount of money that is involved. And it's not easy either.
Beezie's schedule is incredibly grueling. She spends her monday traveling to a new show and showing/schooling Tues-Sun from the crack of dawn to late at night. And sometimes throughout the week she leaves one show to fly to europe or asia somewhere and does a few classes, and flies back to finish off the original show. She takes a few weeks off in the winter for the holidays and that's almost the only time off she gets. Other then about 6 or 7 weeks in wellington in the winter and a few weeks in Spruce in the summer, it's a new show practically every week. A lot (if not most) of the international riders have this kind of schedule and still only 4 or 5 make the Olympic team. It's not always who's the best rider in the country either...it's who's horse is most competitive during the olympic trials. Some don't have a horse ready at the time and some riders have been incredibly competitive but their horse's start winding down when the trials begin and they don't make the team.

So... am I raining on your parade yet??? :) I'm not trying to! I'm just being realistic of what it looks like to get there. And honestly, there are a loooot of very respectable goals out there that don't include riding for the US. Champion at a rated show, qualifying for Devon, getting a ribbon at Devon, getting to Maclay regionals or even finals, maybe winning the Maclays, Young Riders.... Depending on where you are these are incredible goals to have and they shouldn't be discounted. And really, all goals to achieve to pave your way towards riding on a national team. I'd look into them, figure out what goals you can achieve and how to go about doing it, and go from there.
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My trainers daughter is headed towards the Olympics. She's been riding since she could walk, she grooms for Olympic riders over the summer,she rides the fanciest most expensive horses, she apprentices with buck brannaman, she shows all over the country as well
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Chances of making a National team is remote, chances of making an Olympic team is even more remote!

Unless you are exceedingly talented, have plenty of money to buy the right horses (note the plural) and to travel endlessly from one show to the next, then you are unlikely to even be considered for a national team.

Very few make it unless they have the money or have the talent to be spotted by a top rider who employs them to rode and bring on young horses and with luck get given the chance to do major shows.
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Set your goals high and then achieve higher - ALWAYS! You need a lot of talent and gusto supporting your efforts but don't let the odds stand in your way. If YOU stand OUT you can go far!

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If you have the money. Yes. Because let's face it, that's what counts
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post #8 of 8 Old 08-05-2014, 02:09 PM
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While it may be a lofty goal, it doesn't hurt to try. Whether or not you end up with the intended result, think of all you'll have accomplished along the way!
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