Looking for some perspective
So here is the situation I find myself in. I have some background in ridding as does my wife; my daughters have been taking lessons for a few years. I recently moved into a home (hopefully the last, 17th in 20 years) with 3 acres of land with the intention of embracing the whole "mini-farm" deal. (have chickens and pot-belly pigs so far). The intent was always to get a couple of horses once I had the yard set up appropriately.
Embracing the Joe Camp, Jamie Jackson ideas for a "Paddock Paradise" I can easily setup the property for a couple of interesting tracks, much of it wooded.
Here is the small issue I'm looking for your thoughts on. I am interested in trail riding, as is most of the family. (having horse for the sake of their company and pleasure). I think we can easily support a couple of horses for this purpose and just take them out of the backyard into the tree farm property behind us and the ride trails (like we see so many do). However, one of my daughters has fallen in love with jumping and wants to compete. I have no place to set up jumps or a proper training area on my land. So if we bought a jumper we'd have to trailer to classes every week. Plus we'd then have the "athlete" hanging out with the "trail horses". So the latest plan is perhaps to do a partial lease on a jumper at the facility to takes classes and then purchase "trail horses" to keep at home. Does this make any sense? My reading seems to lead me to believe that most people either buy or lease but don't do both. I really can't think of any good way to satisfy all parties except to do it this way. Would appreciate thoughts.