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hello Dorothy. is show jumping a demanding profession in your country? I would like to become a show jumper. would be advise me to take it? Here in INDIA, i am learning horsback riding. i mastered skills in troting.

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Hello Rohit,

In America show jumping is a sport, not a profession.  Of course, if you are experienced and excel at the sport, you might make a living as an instructor and coach.  However, in order to reach that level you must master the art and skill, you must be able to train green horses to jump high jumps (4-5 feet and higher, also very wide) and to be winners.  You must also be able to instruct students so that they can also master the sport.

So you see, it is a long and difficult journey and most jumper/riders begin their training as youngsters, as young as 3 and 4 years, riding ponies.

I would advise you to have another career and to ride and jump for fun.

Sincerely,
Dorothy

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Dorothy K Morris

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I now live in Tucson, AZ. My expertise is in training and rehabilitating horses, and training riders for combined training for over 40 years, in Virginia and California. This includes dressage, cross country obstacles and show jumping. In my many years of experience and endless study of Classical theory, and my hands-on retraining horses,I have accummulated much knowledge of the different personalities of horses and how to approach their rehabilitation. At my age, I do not ride as much as I used to, but I don't see why I have to waste the experience I have. I can answer certain questions about starting young horses in English riding: dressage, jumping, cross country obstacles and basic equitation. I can help with rehabilitation of spoiled or difficult horses; however, many problems require sustained riding instruction/training and I cannot do this online. Some issues need to be observed to come to a correct diagnosis. If your problem is of this type, please find a qualified instructor/trainer. I cannot give riding lessons via email.

Experience

Experience in the area: Over 40 years of English riding experience, including Fox Hunting in Virginia where I earned my colors with the Blue Ridge Hunt, training young horses for hunting and/or eventing. Coached a rider from her beginning at Training Level Combined tests through her competition at two Junior International competition Three Day Events. She rode my horse that I also started and trained her to ride. This combination competed in the World Championship Three Day in Lexington, KY in 1978. I trained another horse (TB) through 3rd Level Dressage and jumping. He eventually competed at Advanced level Three Day. I have reschooled several horses with difficulties ranging from running away to running backward, to not allowing a bridle to be put on, to kicking out at the farrier, being "too much on the muscle over jumps", barn sour, etc

Organizations
National Society Daughters of the Revolution (DAR)

Publications
Six novels (I am also a novelist)

Education/Credentials
Some college. Endless study of Classical Theory and training methods.

Awards and Honors
Who's Who of American Women, Who'w Who in America, Past Board of Directors FDIC-NACM

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