|My own self in the 3' medal with Jampy|
Now that I'm older and a lot of life has happened both in my horse life and not, it makes more sense to me. Most of that group didn't own their own horses. So moving up wasn't that simple. And they weren't eligible to compete horses they didn't own at 3'3" or 3'6" unless they wanted to compete with the pros (in the hunters, these were not jumper riders). But also? 3' seems to get bigger the older I get, so perhaps that phenomenon just started earlier for them.
|Currently maxing out at 2'3" with Shiny|
When I was a young amateur shopping for horses (Rio and then Jampy) I was looking for jumpers to move back up to the larger tracks. I wanted so badly to compete regularly in the A/O jumpers at 1.20 to 1.35. (I never had delusions of jumping the highs. I know my limits!) But now? My REACH goal is the high adults at 1.15. Likely, I'll be content to walk into the low adult jumper ring someday. Maybe I'll find myself doing the 3' medals for the rest of my riding days.
|Once upon a time showing the low A/O's at 1.3M with Rio|
I really have no idea what competitive riding life will look like in my future. I do know I want to get back in the show ring. Will it definitely be in the jumper ring? Nope, not definitely. Maybe though! It really depends on what I have to ride when the time finally comes. But I do know, whenever I do get back to a horse show, I certainly won't be judging any fellow amateurs that choose to show over smaller fences. With age came wisdom in that department! Who knows, you may see me competing in the 2' hunters for awhile. Or maybe forever. I'll be having a blast though, no matter what height the fences are.