NRHA I don't know where you've been when I've posted threads with videos of my horse jumping, talking about taking him trail riding, posting about getting started in WP and schooling showmanship with him. My horse also lives outside 24/7 in the summer.
I actually end up cross training a lot more than most if not all the dressage riders I know, so yeah, you could say not all dressage riders are like me. And FYI I actually have been nationally ranked in the top 10 in my age group in reining prior to selling my QH, who I also did dressage and hunters on, and focusing on dressage.
FYI jaydee there's lower levels in EVERY sport. So you could say that low level hunters is the foundation for everything, or low level reining, or low level competitive trail, etc... when in fact is is having a good FOUNDATION of training that allows you to do a low level of any sport. Any low level horse with a good foundation should be able to do a low level dressage test, a low level jumper course, a low level reining pattern, a low level competitive trail ride, etc... because any sport at the lowest levels simply requires basic, foundation training. Dressage is not special in that regard.
They say money doesn't buy happiness -- well happiness doesn't buy horses!