Boyd Martin (x)
Wear your helmet, kids. Don’t be a cactus.(via readysetevent)
You do NOT need money to be a successful showjumper. *pause for reaction*
I’ve seen a post going around and around and around along the lines of “if only I had money I could make it in this sport” and to be perfectly honest, it pisses me off.
Now I hear you, if I had money I could do x show or buy x horse or wear x clothes or clinic with George Morris every day!
None of those things will MAKE you a good rider. If you are legitimately an excellent rider you WILL be picked up by a rider. I can name several riders no better off than me (financially) who are on the Australian Futures and Australian Rio squad.
If you are an EXCELLENT rider people will notice you, you will get rides, you will eventually be successful. Sure you can’t afford that ex-World Cup horse right now but let’s be honest, do you really need that horse while you’re currently competing under 1m? I’m guessing no.
I don’t want to sound like an old fogey here being all of 22 years old but nothing happens overnight. You’re are not entitled to anything. If you WANT it, WORK FOR IT. It might be easier sitting at your computer lamenting what you don’t have but it will get you nowhere.
Let me tell you a quick story. 2 years ago I had a horse who would throw me into jumps over and over and over again at 90cm. Now I’ve got a horse competing 1.10m who is legitimately a future 1.30m plus horse. He cost me $500. I produced him myself, I’ve ridden in less than 10 lessons in 2 years with him and I spectated at George Morris but that is the extent of the outside help I’ve had with this horse. I work full-time to afford him, my parents own our property but I pay board for myself and agistment for him to live there and I WORK MY ASS OFF educating him.
It is doable BUT it won’t happen overnight or probably even within 12 months. I probably won’t make the Olympics or WEG but let’s be honest, not many people do and I would say 90% of the people who complain about not having enough money to be successful will never make the Olympics. Welcome to the real world, it sucks sometimes. If you let that fact consume you, your attitude is completely wrong for this sport.
Watch classes, watch lessons, TALK TO PEOPLE, watch YouTube videos and LEARN. I’m not a spectacularly talented rider but true hard work gets you improvement, not lip service.
Work on yourself, stop caring about what everyone else has or hasn’t gotten.