Just thought I'd ask and see how many people are into the english disciplins?
Yep, despite some peoples opinions about it, I'm a chap who rides english currently working on my jumping with a view to progressing onto eventing - now there's a true test of skill, riding ability and courage!
About so called SISSY english riding, one of our good friends is a top of the line aussie hack rider, champ gent rider at all our royal shows and BOY can he really ride. He rode our TB gelding we were given free because no-one cuold ride him. He bucked all the jockeys and some of the trainers off but Garry rode him in trackie pants and while the horse was bucking as high as the top rail on our round yard [about six ft ] he just rode him out of it. that horse has gone on to win everywhere and does not buck now. He is pony clubbed by a 14yr old who has only been riding for 12 mths. I would trust him to ride anything and ride it well.
arhhhhh .. me to im an english rider... in macho land...MEXICO.
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oh and for those machos out there., we have afew western saddles.... perfect if you nead somethin gto hold on to infront..
I actually started this thread, as someone made a snide comment about me on another thread on the fact that I rode english and how 'sissy' it was (he was a western rider). So I made this thread to prove a point and get other people opinions on english riding.
So I do agree with your comments that you're going no where if your horse decided he's not doing it!
Hey Toffee, I have been riding litterally since before I could walk propperly. I currently am training my horse for three day eventing, and let me tell you, you can be the bravest person in the world, but if your horse doesn't like the look of the fence, don't count on both of you making it over it! Actually, I have the best horse in the world who's probably saved my neck a time or two by his bravery. It's a tough sport and expect broken bones eventually. This is a sport of not if but when. It's the ultimate adrenaline rush making it through the cross country course.
I haven't been a PREMIUM MEMBER on here for the longest time, although I've been threatening time. The last months have been more than chaotic and I just moved back down to Memphis from Minnieapolis this past week and currently living out of a hotel and still getting called on trips for work. But once I move into a new place I'll then look to get in touch with the both of you two (and anyone else) then.
I've been riding English since October 2000, did Hunter/Jumper a little over a year, then got to go to Rolex in 2002 and got hooked on Eventing! I then became an Eventing groom/rider, and have been able to work for a few Olympians, and a Grand Prix Dressage rider, here in the states and in Europe. Horses open up all kinds of possibilities!! I'm not a PREMIUM MEMBER, but I would like to talk with you! Drop me a note....
I ride english. I love to showjump and do hunters. I have never tried eventing/crosscountry but really want to. Where i live right now not the best for that. I have done dressage a lot but not completly my thing.
Hi there 26122, English riding, not sure how that terminology started. We know about western riding, came from the wild west. I'm much more into the classical disciplines myself. Tried the jumping, eventing thing and found I really wasn't courageous enough. You need to be a very confident rider in order to given your horse the confidence to jump over something that he/she can't see the other side of. I admire those that do it. I am fortunate to have among my close circle of friends a triple gold olympian, Matthew Ryan, I strapped for him before he won gold, learned a bit about jumping & eventing, but still have too much self preservation to do it. I don't bounce anymore, things actually break. Keep in touch, if you're a PREMIUM MEMBER, email me so I can reply.
looks like im the opposite to a lot of you all. Im from the UK and ride english, however, when i was in canada i rode western and wow ! im in the middle of retraining my ex racer at the moment, but cant wait to ride western with her when shes up to scratch !
Hey guys! I'm new to this site so here's the skinny:
I had my first event in August last year and loved it so much I've been training and competing ever since. Our next event in April we move up to Novice and I'm so excited :). I would love to talk to anyone interested in jumping and eventing...
I also ride only English with foxhunting as my passion. Not to big into jumping but those jumps do come up when you gallop after the hounds and i can do it but my main passion is been out in the big outdoors and have nature that close to me
If you think riding English in Florida is bad, try Idaho! I am currently not doing much other than trail riding, but I have male friends who ride English and it takes a real man to do that in cowboy country! :)