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ArticDream 07-22-2009 11:48 PM

Pursuing a Career in Dressage in the Future?
I'm 13 years old with my first horse. He's a seven-year-old, bay Thoroughbred gelding who is a retired racehorse. His name is Artic Dream, Artic for short. Artic's race name was El Hielo Hombre. Anyway, is there any way I could start working toward a career in Dressage in the future? I hope to possibly get in the World Equestrian Games or the Olympics someday.

I have been riding for four years now, and I can jump up to two feet. For six years I have been a horse enthusiast, reading and learning about horses, and I finally have my own. For a few months now, I've been interested in Dressage. I want to learn more about it, and I'm planning on starting Dressage lessons within the next month. Could anyone tell me how I could possibly start working toward a career in Dressage?

welshpony15 07-23-2009 12:25 AM

I would say the best place to start is getting dressage tuition, as you mentioned. Although lessons can sometimes burn a hole in your pocket, they really are essential if you want to take up a sport professionally one day. Look around your area and find out what instructors are available. If you have more then one in your area, try out a few and see which teaching style suits you :)

Once you have a dressage instructor, the possibilities are endless :) You should be comfortable enough with your coach to be able to discuss anything/everything horse related, including your aspirations to become a professional dressage rider!

Also, just remember, your first horse should teach you alot, but dont expect him/her to take you to the top :) So if things dont go exactly according to plan, dont give up hope!

And last of all, dream big, but keep goals realistic and you will go a long way :D

ArticDream 07-23-2009 12:35 AM

Thanks welshpony15. :) I have found an instructor near me, and I'm waiting for her to get back to me about lessons. So, hopefully I'll be starting lessons soon!

welshpony15 07-23-2009 12:43 AM

Thats great news :D It's wonderful having a good instructor. You will learn so much and have a really good foundation for whatever you want to do! And when you have a good foundation, it leaves you with so many more options :)

Good luck, and keep us all informed on your progress!

ArticDream 07-23-2009 01:03 AM

The instructor I found is a USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold medalist, and she's the only certified Dressage instructor/trainer through the fourth level of Dressage in Region II. So, hopefully, I'l learn everything I need to know from her.

I'll be sure to let you know how I do with the lessons! :) Thanks again!

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