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izzymcq

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izzymcq says:

How can an unwealthy person become a famous rider?

Hi everyone

My family isn't the wealthiest, we can afford a loan pony but buying a pony would cost too much. I've been riding since the age of 4 and I'm 12 now. Most of the worlds famous young riders have very wealthy parents or they have had advantages such as having horsey parents and all that. Well I've got neither of those, but I have always dreamed of becoming a famous horse rider. I'd like to believe I'm a gutsy rider, I've ridden many different horses and heights and speeds don't scare me. I am very dedicated and all I do is to become a horse rider when I grow up. How can I become a famous horse rider or at least recognised without lots of money? Help please!!

 

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hifizrider1

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hifizrider1 says:

Re: How can an unwealthy person become a famous rider?

 The best thing to do is stay commited to your riding and work at a successful persons yard - my friend worked at Mary King's yard and she's working her way up the competition ladder now! 

No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle. ~Winston Churchill.

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igglepop

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igglepop says:

Re: How can an unwealthy person become a famous rider?

Do the same thing as rich people, hard work, hard work and more hard work the rich are only rich because they work hard. Just becasue you own a good horse does not mean you can ride it. Also lessons can be traded off for work. Basicaly work is the only way for anybody who wants to be sucessful.

I think it was a whitaker who said this but im not sure "the harder i work the luckyer i get" its the only way in life

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AMLS

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AMLS says:

Re: How can an unwealthy person become a famous rider?

Work, work and more work. My parents are not horsey and we can afford good horses and competition fees etc but this makes no difference if you are not commited and willing to work hard at it. When you are old enough you should look for a job as a working pupil at a yard and be prepared to put in the hours and learn a lot. This is what I did. I went abroad to Canada for a year where I was really lucky to find a job on an A-circuit competition yard but I started off there just mucking out, cleaning tack and sweeping to prove I was serious before they let me ride any of the more "serious" horses. I started riding the young horses and off the track thoroughbreds and "problem" horses no-one else wanted to sit on. By doing this I learned so much in a very short space of time. I worked seven days a week from 8am until 8pm, later on show days or if I was teaching (I'm not joking, it was long hours !!!) ... but it was so worth it. In the end I was able to ride anything and got to ride some top horses on the A-cicuit. An amazing experience.

 

When I came back to the UK I got a job no problem based on my experience, at an eventing yard and had some more incredible experiences there too. But what I did throughout these jobs was just keep my head down, prove myself and work really hard. If you expect to just step to the top without putting in the hours then you'll never succeed. I work as a freelance coach now and am schooling my own horses to compete in BSJA showjumping next year (they're very young still) and I'm very patient and realistic about eventually becoming a proffessional rider.

 

What you can be doing right now is riding your pony every day, getting the help of an instructor regularly to prevent bad habit and help out at the yard as much as possible, being prepared to do anything, even just making cups of tea and sweeping or whatever !!! Maybe find out of someone needs help excercising their pony (if you're confident) or is they need help with chores. You could find a Saturday job at a riding school but be prepared to just volunteer and do whatever needs to be done, you never know what oppurtunities can come up !!! The pony club is a great organisation to involved in and you can make a lot of friends and contacts through this which will be useful later. You can learn so much at the Pony Club and it is not expensive at all. Most top, successful, competitive riders started in the Pony Club !!! You never stop learning, watch other people who are more experienced riding, help anyone you can and learn from them and read everything about horses and riding that you can.

 

If you are dedicated and passionate you will succeed, you don't need money for this. Good luck !!!

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izzymcq

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izzymcq says:

Re: How can an unwealthy person become a famous rider?

Thank you so much for all the advice!! I'm already on the look for a new loan pony, with offers already being made! At the moment I'm competing every weekend and riding almost every day. I'm also helping out at my local riding school more often now as well. Hopefully they'll be some more good news on the way, thanks again!!!

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HydroEquine

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HydroEquine says:

Re: How can an unwealthy person become a famous rider?

Whether you ride a loan pony or your own dosen't matter, most famous riders ride other peoples horses, but they get loads of training. Just make sure you train hard (but don't tire you and your horse out ) and enter some trailblazers. Remember, even the best riders still need lessons! All the other comments seem really good, and remember you need a regular job too! as soon as your old enough (start searching now too) get a job to help towards things. Plus, lots of riding schools offer courses to help you become a groom, riding instructor, etc, so that would help later too, aswell as now.

Good Luck! :D

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WinnieBu

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WinnieBu says:

Re: How can an unwealthy person become a famous rider?

Hard work hard work hard work, be prepared to do the most basic of jobs for someone else in return for rides, most likely to start with you would be given crap horses to ride, as know one will let an unknown/unproven rider ride there top horses, This is where the real hard graft begins, you need to be good enough to get a difficult/untalented horse going well and be out competing and proving yourself, don't forget you don't get something for nothing. The more you are seen out and about doing well, the more likely you are to be offered better rides. A good book to read would be Mary Kings autobiography. She started riding the vicars pony and now look where she is.

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