I am sure many are asking themselves, I know for sure my Dad is..
Why would you want to take that pretty talented mare and ride endurance?
Why not show her? Why not just trail ride? She's a Paint, not an Arabian! blah blah blah
The sport of endurance is completely different than anything I have ever done. It's a test of your mental and physical capacities. Yeah, I know sounds all Man From Snowy River...
I got the bug to do it when I owned my mare Blu. Circumstances change and even though I no longer owned an Arabian my desire to ride in the sport hadn't changed.
Showing is such a subjective event. The judges mood, how much you've spent on saddle, clothes, horse, trainer ALL COUNT. Those who say it doesn't is kidding themselves.
I wanted a closer relationship and longer saddle time with my horse than going in endless WTC.
For me showing wasn't something I could see my self enjoying for the long term.
Now, I win the lottery, you will see me in the show ring with the biggest baddest English Pleasure 1/2 Arab horse EVAH..... Whoop Whoop!
I wanted my pony recreation dollars spent towards something that was tangible. I can count the miles, see the vistas, make new friends, camp out with my sweetie, learn valuable skills, get prizes that are better than ribbons and connect with my horse on a level that can't be described.
I choose endurance because I choose to feel like a winner even if I come in last place.