I'm not sure if I've mentioned this before or not, but I've been riding horses since I was 4 years old so about 39 years, although I haven't ridden since 1999 so I can't say I've ridden for the whole 39 years. Either way, even 25 years is a lot of time spent in the saddle. I've ridden at various commercial stables, in a city-run program (got my first fall there), in college (broke my only bone after my 2nd fall ever) and a couple of summer camps. I even got to ride a police horse once. So, how is it that despite the massive amount of time I've spent in the saddle, there's only 2...count 'em...TWO photos of me riding? One was taken at an old west town while on a lead-line pony. Sorry the picture is blurry but it's a picture of a picture
So, in a former life I was a HUGE hockey fan. I went to tons of NHL games and to player appearances and practices. As a result, I got to know a bunch of the players. Not entirely on the fan/player level but on a person to person one. As such, I knew some of their wives and kids as well. Several hockey wives here in Arizona like horses and have horses. One player and his family are trying to get sort of a horse country club going that would be open to the public. For $300 a month you get the use of one of their horses and the facilities. Sort of like having a horse but not have to worry about feed, vet and farrier bills. At $300/month, though, only e high income people can afford to belong and could likely afford to keep their own horse and not rent one out from someone else. But if you don't have time to care for a horse but still want to ride whenever you like pretty much then I guess this wouldn't be a bad set-up.
Anyway, there's one hockey wife I know who had aspirations to be an Olympic dressage rider. She trained with a well-known rider in Idaho. Bought her own training ranch in Arizona. Had expensive, maybe Olympic caliber horses. Her hope was to ride in 2012 but it never happened, although she was long-listed in the early 2000s. Her 18 year old daughter, however, might end up making a future Olympic team. She's been training with Stefan Peters for 6 years now and moved to California to attend college and so she could be closer to training. Recently she went on a horse buying trip to Germany. She's apparently a very accomplished rider and as you can see by these photos, she has good form