Amateurs (not) like us
.Writing for a number of equestrian magazines has given me the amazing opportunity to meet, interview, and feature some of my dressage idols. Almost all the articles I write are about professionals competing at the highest levels of the sport, or rising stars working their way onto the international scene. They are incredible and inspiring athletes, but not necessarily relatable to the average amateur on a budget, with a less than fancy horse, juggling to fit lessons, training time and shows in around work, family, and other commitments.
Amateurs like us represent by far the majority of dressage riders in Canada. Many of us will never compete any higher than First Level - if we even compete at all. We do the best we can with what we have, setting goals that fit our skills, budgets, and available time. If we meet our goals - whatever they may be - then we are successful and should be proud of our accomplishments, no matter how big or how small.
But what about the amateurs who aren't like us? Over the past few years, I have met some amazing Canadian riders who have impressed me with their accomplishments, whether reaching the highest levels of FEI competition or overcoming incredible personal challenges just to get in the saddle. I wanted to profile some of their achievements and their stories, so decided to to start a new blog series called Amateurs (Not) Like Us.
The first amateur in the series has inspired and influenced me personally, so stay tuned for the first installment, featuring Jennifer Black and Brixton. And if you know an incredible Canadian amateur with a great story to share, please let me know!
6/16/2020 01:13:06 pm
Hi - I love this idea - I know a rider very worthy of your article - but we are in the US, however his 'not fancy' horse (who has become fancy) of questionable origins I believe came from Canada! Preston (the horse) and Kevin (the rider) are an amazing pair. Preston has gone from farm horse rescue to learning the fancy stuff. You can check them out on FB under Kevin Hatfield.
6/16/2020 02:49:55 pm
Thanks Sandra, will definitely look him up!
6/19/2020 08:58:47 am
I saw you mentioned about looking for AA for your articles Amateurs (not) like us. I thought I’d take a chance and talk about myself. I am 37 yrs old and have been riding for approx 25 yrs on/off. I only had the opportunity to by my horse 5.5 yrs ago and ride on a regular basis at this point. Maggie was a barely broke 8yr old Friesian/QH. I didn’t have the money to buy a very expensive horse that had some experience but a Friesian has always been my dream.
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I'm a middle-aged, overweight, rusty re-rider who refuses to let any of that get in the way of my passion for dressage.