This may be completely crazy, but I feel like I remember reading several articles about amateurs who have gone to Europe for a few weeks to a couple months or maybe longer for intensive training with high-end trainers. I can’t remember if these are specific schools, programs or simply trainers who take on temporary students who are looking for “immersion” training on higher-level horses.
If this exists, has anyone here done something like it? Is it worth it? A goal of mine has been to find someplace over seas where I could immerse myself in top-quality dressage for however long I could possibly do so but I have no idea where I would start looking.
I'm sure if you contact some of the top trainers over there, and have the $$$ to back it up, they'd take you as a student for awhile. Of course, I have no idea how much bankroll that will take, beware, I'm sure it's not cheap.
I paid around $1500 per month for full training in Holland with a medium-name trainer. I had my own horse. But finding a lease on a horse would not be an issue. Not really an immersion program, but it didn't cost an arm and a leg. I think some kind of modified working student position would be possible, where you pay some and work some to get to ride more horses. You could lease a medium/upper level horse to pay for lessons and then work off some extra rides/lessons on younger horses.