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starting a dressage career?
I have been riding since i was 4 and now age 15, i could never part with my horses. Over the past 2 years i have qualified and won, many competitions with my recent horse, up to nationals. It is because of my special boy i have realised, i want to become a professional Dressage rider. We have both thought each other a great deal. He was a dusty old school master who had been out of work for 2 years and I was a complete and utter novice. Together we worked our way to the top (Elementary), despite, at the start when, my little chap would make every objection known to man and i would **** my self at every objection he made. However my £1000 field pony turned out to be one of the best in the region.
I have now sadly grown out of my pony and he is now for sale. So i am left to the question of what to do next? Buy a youngster to bring on with my instructor. Or buy a school master (PSG) and learn from it ? I understand riding is 40% skill and 60% (sadly where i'm from), so i have set aside funds for the right horse. I'm just not sure if this is a good way to kick start my riding career, once i finish school?
Alternatively i would like to do a working internship with an international dressage rider and use the funds for my horse and buy my self work experience with the best. I know this is not fair, 'Buying your self into the industry' , however it seems this is the only way. I am prepared to work dam hard though for what ever job i am given; be it waking up at 4:30am and going to sleep at 11:00. If it gets me to the top i will do it.
Any advise would be appreciated!
Have you tried being an apprentice?
Is it worth it?
Is there much success?
Should i consider buying a horse in germany or holland?
If you have the money, buy both a schoolmaster and a young horse. Training a young horse to FEI is an invaluable experience, however you do need to start getting experience at CDIs.
For a schoolmaster, right now you just need something to do the FEI Juniors, but next year you can bump up to the Young Rider division, so a good PSG horse is advisable.
For a young horse, for your first one mind is everything. You still need something able enough to do a PSG, but always keep in mind that the horse is always for sale. You can find these horses locally, but given your proximity to mainland Europe and the prices right now, it might be worth it to look there as well.
As far as an internship, yes it is an invaluable experience, but a lot of work. As well, I would suggest continuing with school and getting a post secondary degree to fall back on. Until you are out of YR,it will be tough to do the professional rider thing, so just keep learning and at 22 start looking for your internship position. Until then a good local coach and getting involved with the national team through youth competition will suffice.
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Thank you, great advice. Just out interest how much should i be paying for a top PSG schoolmaster? Thanks
Can't give you figures in your area, but look at lots of ads and if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.
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From what I've read and watched from Carl Hester, who is a professional Dressage rider, he picks young ones up to train through the levels.
But as an intermediate rider, novice Dressage rider myself, I do know that school masters offer a LOT and are great tutors for developing your riding education further.
So if you can only do one, I'd either buy a school master and then buy a youngster to bring up with your trainer... or I'd buy a youngster and lease/take lessons with a dressage trainer so you can get the best of both.
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