So, I have worked at being an amateur for years now. I do not take working students. I do not teach lessons for $$. I don’t take $$ for riding others’ horses. I have never accepted any sort of promotional gift.
And what does it get me? Am I missing something?
As an eventer, next to nothing. We have year end awards at the national level, and that’s about it.
So why don’t I just throw in the amateur towel and start teaching lessons here and there and take horses in training? I’ve been competing off and on at the upper levels for years and Lord knows, I’ve taken hundreds of lessons with top trainers. Sooooo…
[I]Amateur: an amateur who looks like an amateur.
Promateur: an amateur who looks like a professional.
Amafessional: a professional who looks like an amateur.[/I]