I’m 19 years old. I’ve been riding for close to a decade, mostly on the AQHA circuit. I’ve ridden AQHA and APHA World Champions and Congress Champs, but I’ve never done anything over fences. My parents always forbid me from jumping: no H/J, no eventing. Now that I’m an adult (haha), I want to start taking jumping lessons!
I know that I’m a novice, obviously, and I want to form a solid foundation by starting with and mastering the basics… but am I delusional in wanting to start lessons under someone who is at or near the top levels of the sport? Does anyone know of an AA barns/coaches that are willing to take on novices (not beginners)? I’m located in FL, so I imagine it shouldn’t be too difficult. I’m also willing to travel.
Would I have better luck applying for working student positions? (Or do I need more experience over fences, first?)
I like to think myself a serious rider and, if possible, I’d like to avoid having to unlearn mediocre/problematic instruction later on down the road (like I’ve had to do in the past), by starting out on the right foot.