“The ‘Sport Horse’ world is a great avenue to get into for someone new to the breed, as it’s commonly accepted to keep your horse at any type of farm, while you train, and condition, and care for the horse yourself. I think this could certainly be a ‘less intimidating’ feeling for newcomers as they know the people stalling next to them will most likely be the owners grooming and tacking up their own horse. This really creates hands-on owners that are continuing to learn for the benefit of their horse as a horseperson. As needed, sport horse divisions allow a person to take lessons from a variety of trainers, instructors, and clinicians that can help fine tune a horse and rider in their chosen discipline — meaning newcomers or amateurs don’t have to train with Arabian only trainers to learn about a discipline.”

— Megan Gilker from “2017 U.S. Sport Horse Nationals,” page 138

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