Happy December all! This is just a quick blog talking about how everyone’s riding journey looks different, and my personal journey of learning to own it. If this is of interest to you, strap in and read on!
Throughout my life, I have had the pleasure to meet equestrians of all walks of life and disciplines. I have been able to speak with many of them learning their journeys, careers, and how they got where they were. In looking back at my own journey, I know that I grew up privileged in comparison to many riders, but as a child, I compared myself to others. I saw people that had more than me, and I was constantly wishing for more. I knew that I had more than most, but as someone who wanted to be great, I felt that I was at a disadvantage.
I started riding at a younger age than my father, as he wanted me to have the opportunities he missed out on, but friends of mine began riding at a younger age than me. This brought on doubt that I would never catch up to where they were. Due to my hard work, and my parents continued support of my goals, I was able to not only catch up but surpass them.
It took me a long time to feel comfortable in my own riding journey. I have come a long way, and it is a very personal journey. I am thankful to all of the people that helped me get where I am and helped me build the confidence to trust that I am a good rider.
Everyone’s journey looks different, and that is great. Being unique is what makes you, you. It makes the rider you are, the horsemanship you have, and the person you become through being around horses. The path I was on to began riding and the path that I followed I do not believe that I would have become the person I am today. I do not think I would have been called to start this brand. My journey allowed me to meet people from all over the world, and see why people ride. This is what interested me the most. As someone who rides for the love of horses, the feeling I get when I ride, and the calm I feel at the barn. It does not matter who you are, or where you come from, you can be an equestrian if that is what you wish to do.
So good luck, and never give up! Heels down, and keep your eyes up on the road ahead.