I feel quite inspired after the indoor jumping season. Doing some commentary for the international and World Cup classes at The National, helping Hunter in the Under 25 division and the Maclay Finals. Truly observing our U.S. Pipeline. Our Federation, Robert Ridland and Diane Langer have been putting together a map of how kids can move through the Equitation, Junior Jumpers, Young Riders, Under 25, Grand Prixs and eventually to the U.S. Team.
Having started myself as a little kid riding and getting to the Olympics and other Championships, I understand the journey and progression. I have also helped other riders along this pathway from Juniors to Young Riders, Grand Prixs, World Cup Finals, WEG and Olympics. It is an exciting and exhilarating journey. It is not for the complacent or faint of heart. Every rider is on their own path and will go as far as is right for them.
I've really enjoyed watching from the USET Finals through Kentucky with our talented group of U.S. kids. Seeing riders and trainers who won in the Juniors and are now Olympians or top Grand Prix riders is always interesting. It is important that our top young riders get the chances and opportunities to grow and develop into the best U.S. riders for the future of our sport and teams.
Through my experience, I am to be able to help some of them pursue their Dreams. Sometimes just through a word of advice, an answer to a question, a lesson or training. This sport has been incredible to me. By helping our future riders, I feel I can give back to the sport and the horses!