Q: What are your thoughts about competition?
A: Competition is fine if you can keep a good attitude about it. Often, many people teach riding as if they are teaching competition skills (the art of making something work even if it is not working). But competing can be just riding your normal wonderful way at a certain place at a certain time.
The qualities being prioritized in competitions today is another long story, but I do think competition is a great tool for motivating the rider, and it is a wonderful way to measure your progress. Your attitude towards winning, and your attitude towards your horse under the circumstance of competition is your responsibility.