Thursday, June 15, 2006

Tomorrow the Wachovia Jumper Classic at Beacon Hill will begin! It will be a wonderful horse show I'm sure. Some of the best Grand Prix riders in the US will be there. Please come and visit the show if you are nearby! I will give you an updated report later this weekend.

Today, I will post the first part of a two-part entry that will answer a specific question from your comments.

What tips do you have for those of us who don't ride at a top facility?

My two blog entries will address the following topics: getting involved, and reading books and attending clinics. As a junior rider who has been very fortunate to have had some phenomenal riding and training opportunities, I will try to provide some helpful suggestions based on my own experiences and of those professionals I have been privileged to know. Volunteering your time to help at a barn, a local horse show or horse related organization can be a way to learn more about the sport. I've met some high profile equestrians who have become quite successful and started in the business by mucking stalls for a lesson. Through hard work and determination, these individuals have been able to achieve success by following an apprenticeship type method/approach to the industry. Since these individuals did not have a financial jump start, they had to convince the barn mangers, trainers and the like that they wanted it. If you volunteer your time at a horse show or with a horse-related organization, you can meet the local barn owners and/or managers. Getting to know the people involved in the industry in your area, can possibly be a first step into the equestrian world.

13 Comments:

At Sat Jun 17, 10:21:00 AM, Anonymous kristin said...

what advice would you give someone that wants to ride in the maclay or medal someday(i have 3 or 4 years to make it) but doesn't have the money for the top horse out there and doesn't train with one of the big trainers out there? my trainer did the maclay when she was a junior and she has a horse that she thinks can get me there, but i'm not sure if i could make it.

 
At Sat Jun 17, 01:30:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kristin, I’m in the same position as you. My trainer isn’t one of the top trainers but she can train and has been there just as the trainers at the top barns have been. I also don’t have the financial ability to do the big AA shows like that also but there are ways. Ask your grandparents to help sponsor you, get a grant to peruse your dream from your state, get someone who thinks you have the talent to win to sponsor you. I have read the rulebooks and back to find ways. Another one is ride a stable's horse to the hugh shows so they get more business.

 
At Sun Jun 18, 12:30:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what do you plan to do for college? are you going to keep riding while going to school?

 
At Sun Jun 18, 09:34:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey! i saw you today riding. You looked awesome! You and Frank both looked sooo happy when you finished. Good luck on your future shows!

 
At Mon Jun 19, 12:16:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations on you 3rd place finish in the derby! I was wondering what it's like to ride in a derby with all of those natural "cross country" jumps. I've always wanted to see one because I think it's different and would be really fun.

 
At Sat Jun 24, 03:10:00 PM, Anonymous Lauren said...

That's great advice! Can't wait for you second part to follow this posting!

 
At Sat Jun 24, 10:11:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have a horse of my own that can't bring me to the Maclay, but I look to find one that will last me a life time( well just until I STOP COMPETING). How are some ways to find good horses without going way out in prices? THANKS!

 
At Thu Jun 29, 08:00:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

how do you qualify for the maclay or "medals"? do you have to go to the big A shows all the time?

 
At Thu Jun 29, 01:59:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What part of riding comes easiest for you and what is the most difficult?

 
At Thu Jun 29, 02:08:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What specific things do you practice at home in your lessons?

 
At Thu Jun 29, 02:10:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What has been the most enjoyable aspect of showing for you? What has been the most frustrating or disappointing?

 
At Thu Jun 29, 02:12:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How did you learn to ride your horse round/on the bit/in a frame? Can you offer a description of how you learned to do that? My trainer is trying to teach me, but we both agree that I am not really "getting" it. I understand that it is a feel that I have to develop. But, I am hoping that you may have some verbal wording that might "click" for me.

 
At Tue Aug 15, 11:13:00 AM, Anonymous Olivia said...

Heyy Maria,

Do you plan on getting a Scoller Ship for riding? Or are you just going to keep taking lessons with Frank? What do you do in lessons do you have. Do you have a lesson were you just jump? Do you have a lesson were you just do flat work? Do you usaly have a private or a group lesson? Witch one would you Perfer? Doesnt a lot of school work interfer with your riding? Well, I hope to here from you very soon!!

Olivia <3

P.S. GOOD LUCK IN UPCOMING SHOWS :) Good BYE

 

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