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July 18, 2012

Looking Beyond The Olympics

Only after years of training together can a rider expect to create the chemistry that combinations like Totilas and Edward Gal shared. Photo by Sara Lieser.
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SBrentnall
1 year 50 weeks ago
It all comes down to money
I don't think it's an issue of riders "too occupied or unmotivated to school their own" horses. That's a very insulting thing to say. I know many FEI trainers with the potential to make a team but... Read More

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SBrentnall
1 year 50 weeks ago

It all comes down to money

I don't think it's an issue of riders "too occupied or unmotivated to school their own" horses. That's a very insulting thing to say. I know many FEI trainers with the potential to make a team but there's one big problem: money. The reason most trainers are busy training and teaching is that they have to put food on the table and pay the rent. Since there's no institutional support for potential team members, they have to weight the cost of trying out with the lost income. What good is it to make a team if your family has to go hungry to do it? A friend of mine represented the US in the Pan Am Games. The cost to her personally? $32K. Most people I've talked to said they won't do it more than once unless they find a wealthy sponsor. There are only so many bake sales and fundraisers you can hold before your circle of friends is no longer willing to cough up funds. In other countries, short-listed riders are given federal support, the same as athletes in other sports. Until that sort of system is available here, riders will continue to look to sponsors to make their Olympic dreams possible. As for bringing up young horses, here on the west coast, most trainers don't own their own barns but run their businesses out of established boarding facilities. Bringing on a young horse means finding yet more money to pay the additional board. Multiply that by the 10 or so years necessary to get a horse to team level and it's not surprising that most trainers can afford only one FEI mount.
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