What do the Beatles -- and for that matter, the Beach Boys, and Bob Marley and the Wailers -- have in common? Unique, wonderful music. The impact they had on the world. The times they influenced. I think about about these things...
- There was no American Idol back then to find the most marketable star; stars were not handpicked by experts.
- Their sound was uniquely theirs--not formulaic, not edited/modified to appeal to a demographic.
- These artists had no pedigree -- and minimal training.
- Here is what wows me the most. They happened to live in the same neighborhood, or go to the same high school. The Beach Boys were brothers. Their music just happened.
No. There was a synergy that went beyond training and technical skill.
Most of us were not born into perfect situations -- we work from where we are, with what we have. Most of us acquired our horses by luck or chance -- from CANTER or from the friend of a friend, or through a local ad. We did not fly to Europe for our dream partner. There is no American Idol for dressage horses! Our riding is not managed -- we don't have the advantage of being in training, and there are no top pros scrutinizing our every move while we're in the saddle.
Maybe years of targeted breeding aren't a prerequisite to having a good dressage horse. Maybe it doesn't take a panel of experts to ride your horse. Maybe you can work with what you have in front of you, that just came together by chance, and still be amazing!
*Ringo came later.
Disclaimer: This was not a big back-patting exercise for me -- not by a long shot. I have a bred-for-dressage warmblood and am presently investing a lot in training me and my horse. I'm thinking more of my past (Harvey!) and of the riders in my local community who are ROCKING it with the horses they have and not that much support from the pros.