Submitted by (anonymous) - (source)
This actually makes me so angry. It’s not fucking unfair, I ride my ass off and this is how I succeed. I’m not infinitely rich but we get by, I’m very lucky to have parents who support me. Talent is passion. If you try you can get there, sorry if you’re feeling sorry for yourself but please stop.
You need money for;
-accommodation (if needed)
-a good trainer
-your horse’s upkeep
-the horse itself though this is a once off payment.
If you don’t have money for any of this, it’s not a case of feeling sorry for yourself. It’s a case of physically not being able to make it big. I ride my ass off too, learn as much as I can, and I have a supportive parents but some weeks I go without basic supplies so I can enter a show or feed the horse.
There’s a serious difference between feeling sorry for yourself and not being able to afford it.
i work my ass off to be able to afford a lease. i don’t have enough money to make it in the equestrian world, and a lot of people can’t. if you look at the top riders, most of them have a shit ton of money and can afford nice horses and expensive tack and high-level trainers and coaches, but most of us can’t. i’m sure plenty of talented people have tried to get there, but financials will ALWAYS be an issue.
My parents don’t have the money to let me ride to my ability. People tell me that I could make it & train horses for people professionally. But right now I have no money to be all I can be. So I’m gonna go to school to be an engineer so I can make money to eventually own a farm & be all I can be in the horse world
Money is a HUGE factor in this sport. Look at Ljubov Kochetova. She can’t ride for shit, but she has a wealthy husband who pays for all the fancy imports and nice tack so she can compete at places like Palgrave and Angelstone.
There are so many riders in this country (and world) who have the talent to make it big, but not the money to. Think of all the undiscovered Beezie Maddens or Eric Lamazes that are stuck just taking lessons or riding maybe once every two weeks or not being able to ride at all.
Let’s not kid ourselves. Money is important.