For the most part, we live in harmony with our professional athletes, understand that they make money and perform at a higher level than we do on our backyard court or local gym. I've even accepted that no one will ever asked me to play for the Celtics.
As an Eventer, I am an Amateur Low Level Rider -- Novice and lovin' it. My life goal is to do a Training 3 Day and I dream of making it to Prelim. I am proud of what I do even when I'm scraping the dirt off my buttocks and cursing my spooky horse. It may not be George Morris perfect but it is as "Eventer Excellent" as I can be.
I cringe when I see a post on COTH or some other Horsey Bulletin Board or blog that slams the Professional/Upper Level Rider for pursuing their personal greatness and making a living while doing it. I bare no animosity towards the them and actually LOVE to watch them ride.
|Mark Weissbecker/Decordova |
Good for them, I say. I hope they get more sponsorship and that they can make a decent living. And, I hope that if they are hurt, the association is there to help them live on. My job offers many of those benefits and so should theirs...
We all have an opportunity to be the best we can be and to celebrate whatever that is for us. I choose to work hard, very hard to be the best of the average. I stand up and celebrate high level mediocrity... and, still dream... of Rolex.