I agree with a lot of the people. It's mainly what you grow up with or what you're first introduced to. For me, I ride western and a bit of English pleasure. I prefer western because it's a more relaxed descipline - it's ok to slouch in your seat and have one hand in the reigns. However, you still have that fast paced competitive spirit that everyone loves. Where english has general competitions, jumping, dressage, cross country, its all very similar through a CERTAIN STANDARD. I know many would disagree with me, but I'm getting all, technical. You have more events in western and there's more to do, faster paced, exciting, and fun to go to rodeos. This is just my opinion, but go for the both. See for yourself which you like better. You'll never know until you try! Hope this helps!