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.