I just read the article What Do You Pay to Ride at the Maclay? Is spending the money to show at Indoors worth it? This should be the question. Not medal or maclay, after all, you’re already there so what’s another class? As how many riders are winning in the equitation, that also don’t show in the hunters and/or jumpers at indoors as well? So the question is, is it worth the money to ride at indoors? You can be successful either way, if you work hard enough. Just different roads, but you don’t need to be rich, just dedicated and a hard worker. Then doors will open. I also certainly don’t see how the trainers’ livelihood depends on their student showing at Medal or Maclay finals. It is the same handful of trainers that are constantly in the winner’s circle so if that was the case the rest need to be looking for a different livelihood. Most trainers absolutely make no money at indoors, as they only come with one or two students and give up all the income they would have made at home to appease the one customer.
After I was 3rd in the $1,000,000.00 Grand Prix this year many people kept asking why am I still doing chores after the class? Why don’t I sit down and relish in the glory? They would say that I was acting like nothing had happened. To be honest, I just didn’t know what else I would have done. I kept doing the only thing I know. But I do know I have issues, and don’t necessarily react to things the way other people do.
Funny though, I noticed after Hunter won WIHS Finals and Maclay finals, she came home, took a couple days off and then things were back to usual. She let her horses that just came back from indoors take some well deserved time off, but immediately started working the babies. All week we have been teaching them to jump in the round pen and riding and schooling the ones that are farther along, gearing up for Florida.
Hunter is leaving on Thanksgiving to go to the George Morris Clinic. As we were fretting over whether or not her jumper’s mane looked huntery enough for George, I thought about why neither of us let down coming off big victories. Here we are, with our panties in a wad over a mane looking “huntery” after some rather nice recent victories.
But that is really why it worked. That is the answer right there. It is in front of all of us but we don’t see it. People tell us yet we don’t see it. An excuse is sometimes easier, Only rich kids win, Or it is so political, or I didn’t have as nice of a horse. But that is not the truth.
The horses Hunter has done well with in the equitation ring were not even Equitation horses until she showed them. The bottom line is work ethic and practice. If you ever think you have arrived, you will be on your way down.