(Me and Dually at Young Riders in 2007)
That, of course, is ridiculous. I certainly did not stop improving after my last Young Riders came and went without me; in fact, I like to think I am a considerably better all around rider and horseman than I was when I was trying to qualify. I certainly didn't lose any of my love for horses, and indeed being able to ride without the constant pressure of making Young Riders was refreshing and wonderful, and made me appreciate my equine partners even more. And I certainly became no less of a person for failing to qualify (though admittedly I was probably pretty hard to be around for a while there right when I realized it wasn't going to happen... sorry about that, World).
(Yeah... pretty sure I can ride a little better than I did then)
(Big D... the love of my life)