As a horse lover, you have probably had your fair share of watching horse shows. Whether it was in-person or online, a horse show for an equestrian like you is a thrilling experience. Watching how a horse and rider seamlessly work together, following cues and clearing jumps as if they were both born to do so. Watching them, has it ever crossed your mind to join one?
The question isn’t “Why can’t I do that?”, but should be rather, “Why have I not tried to compete yet?”. All horse riders can compete, but some stop themselves from even getting the first hoof out of the stable because of fear of not doing well.
The fact is all the excellent riders that you love and try to emulate started somewhere. Through years of dedication and training, learning from their mistakes, and of course, entering competitions, both the rider and their equine partner grew to become forces to reckon with.
But here’s the secret: Not all competitive riders enter horse shows and competitions to achieve fame and fortune. Just like you, they entered their first horse show because they wanted to know how it felt like to ride for the purpose of winning or to show their skills to others. It all started because they love horse riding so much that they wanted to try it in all its forms.