In 1980 I started lessons with a hunter/jumper barn. I trained and competed in several hunter over fences classes until about 1996 when I found a job managing a dressage farm. I was starting to get a little older and the discipline aspect of dressage began to appeal to me, so I worked with several trainers over the years in dressage. I only went to a few schooling shows for this particular discipline. Over the years, I rode and trained horses in both H/J and dressage. However, now that I am 46, dressage is what I prefer as I don't "bounce" as well as I used to. With that said, I do a lot of trail riding here in TN and in a western saddle nonetheless. I also own my first racking horse and he is a wonderful TWH gelding named Sam, so I as they say "when in Rome..." So now I do a little bit of everything, except jumping as arthritis has caught up with me and I do find trail riding and dressage to be mentally relaxing.