I agree with Adrienne, there are no short cuts. To be the best requires many many hours of work and sacrifice. In the US training is an after thought, play acting...
Yes I did. Since I train with Mclain, we discussed the interview extensively before he responded. I am of the same opinion as Mclain. I think to truly have longevity and success at the top of the sport there are no shortcuts. No matter who you are or what your background is you have to put in the time, effort, and have the grit to truly be successful. With the way many show barns are set up in the US, riding is an after-school activity and many don't learn the basics of horse care etc until they progress in their riding. At the higher levels, however, I am in awe of how industrious and talented so many of my peers in the US are - there are a lot of us vying for spots on teams alongside our idols like Mclain, Beezie etc.