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What are some ways the make the higher level show jumping sport more accessible (as I said before, I’m starting a business plan and I want to cater especially for Asian riders)?

What are some ways the make the higher level show jumping sport more accessible (as I said before, I’m starting a business plan and I want to cater especially for Asian riders)?
Hi I ride in the U.S. I am fairly young. But something that works amazingly for us is a barn with lots of school horses! Horses owned by the barn that can be leased out and ridden for lessons. We all ride diffract horses for our lessons unless we lead a horse. This allows us to be will rounded with many types of horses. Having school horses and a school program has is an easy and more affordable way to be able to ride as you only pay for lessons and a horse to ride for the lessons, as opposed to buying a horse altogether. The next step if from participating in lessons is leasing a horse from a barn/ person. Where you don’t fully own the horse but pay some of the expenses and to ride.
This was a lot and I don’t quite know if I was what you were looking for, but if you have questions I am more than happy
to answer!
Just my observation as a South African, and I would think it would be fairly similar in Asia. I think the development of particular bases that riders could go to, along with their country mates and have exposure to the European circuit would be fantastic. I also think athletes need to have better marketing skills. It's a sport that lends itself to glamour, and that sells, so if athletes market themselves correctly, it could really increase the number of sponsors prepared to back them. Thirdly I think the show entry fees and qualifications system needs to be revised. It is bizarrely expensive, and unfortunately it's the riders who can afford it rather than the most talented riders who are getting the spots sometimes. These riders then get to compete at higher profile shows, attracting more sponsors and support, and so it becomes a cycle. I also think the federations could do a lot more, the German Federation used` to identify promising athletes and pair them with good horses and put them in good training systems with porfessionals. I think this is the kind of program that needs to be in place for any developing country to realistically improve the level of riding.
Hi Chiara,

I think the high level circuits are now very difficult to access if you don't have the right system around you. To make it more accessible, I think it's the whole system that needs to be changed, starting with the entry fees of international shows.

But it's a sport, and every sport needs to have visibility so it needs to attract people, and for that money can be essential...