Your Questions About Dutch Betting System Horses



Mark asks…

Does anyone know how much of a career you can make out of Dressage?

I’ve always been into horses and have ridden most of my life, both western and english disciplines. I have never gone professional but I always have and really really want to. I already have a trainer, and he has been in alot of competitions in Europe. Now does anybody know if I can make this a career? I want to be able to work very very hard at it and be one of the best, even get to the Olympics if i can. Does anyone know anything about this? tips on becoming good and also any information on how much of an income you can potentially get if any. Thankyou!

Denny answers:

Your best bet, if you really want to make a career out of the sport, is to learn to TEACH and to train- both horses and riders. That’s where the money is- most competitions do not have purse prizes amounting to anything, at least not in this sport. You also need to be an outstanding competitor in your own right, so you can attact sponsorships and eventually, clients for your training stable. Lastly, you’ll need to have a LOT of money behind you, because this is one of the most expensive sports in existence- all horse sports are. Dressage horses cost THOUSANDS of dollars to buy, and then there are all the costs involved in training and competing on them. You may want to consider going to school ( as in college) and getting a degree in a field outside of the sport, and doing dressage as a hobby while you pursue a career in another field. That’s what I have done, after years spent on the management side of the horse business- and there are multiple examples of other people in the sport who’ve done this too. The late Reiner Klimke of Germany was an attorney in addition to being a dressage competitor and coach, and if you work hard, you could probably do something similar. Here in the States, there are several members of our equestrian team who have day jobs of one kind or another, or who run businesses of their own in addition to competing and training.

I would think about going to college and pursuing a degree in the field of your choice- and keep in mind that there are plenty of places which offer degrees in things like equine science, stud farm management, marketing, finance, accounting, equine business, and so forth. You could also think about a pre-vet degree, or about one in animal sciences. With this preparation behind you, it will be easier for you to get a job which will pay the bills and your living expenses, and still allow you the time you need to pursue dressage. Still another alternative you might consider is attending school and studying in Europe somewhere, as your trainer has done. Most of the countries in Europe have schools of dressage and classical horsemanship, (because that’s where the sport originated) and it’s possible to get a full 4 year degree in this subject at a lot of them. Germany in particular is FAMOUS for these- there’s a reason why the Germans and the Dutch are the current world leaders in the sport of dressage, and this is a big part of it. Their system of formal rider and trainer education is widely regarded as the best in the WORLD, bar none. There have been Americans who have studied at some of these places too, and have gone on to become top competitors and professionals. You could also do some research and find out what it will take for you to become an apprentice at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, or the school of Samaur in France ( which is another name for the French Cavalry School, also called the Cadre Noir) or even the ReitInstitut von Neindorff in Karlsruhe, Germany, which is another famous school of dressage and classical equitation. ( I used to know someone who was formerly the Head Rider at that last one.) If you can get into one of these places, you’ll be assured of a great future as a competitor and trainer.

Good luck to you- I hope this helps you out some in your quest.

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