There's been a lot of discussion these days about dressage in the show ring vs dressage as the average amateur experiences it. The spectacular vs the 'classical'. FEI as a show producer vs ...
An interesting thing happened in 3 day eventing, they abandoned the Classic format for FEI level competitions. This left the Classic format in the hands of the National Federations. The grass roots level has kept firmly behind the Classic format and entries are quite robust. Even though there is no 'reason' other than to accomplish a finish at a Classic.
I wonder, to myself, is there the kind of support for this sort of chasm, although unofficial, in the dressage world? Is it already there? I train and show, myself, and I have hopes (doesn't everyone), that my young horse will 'make it' to FEI level. Will we ever be 'contenders', not likely. I have a regular job that I have to maintain to pay for the various and sundry horses. I have a brilliant trainer who is German originally, who teaches in the style that leads to a correct horse. I know there are others about who are more concerned with winning. Can we co-exist, two streams?
Just some thoughts, I'd be interested in hearing others.