Completely random thought for today:
Have you ever see Ratatouille? It's a great little animated film about a rat who wants to be a chef. He idolizes a dead French chef who wrote a book called "Anyone Can Cook". Anyway, it gushes with Pixar goodness (second only to WALL-E, in my mind). The rat's arch nemesis is a food critic who insists that [insert condescending tone] "No, not just anyone can cook." Of course, in the end, the critic is won over, but he has a great character arc in which he makes a stunning realization:
When the dead French chef said "Anyone can cook", he did not mean that "Everyone can be a Five-Star chef", but that a "Five-star chef can come from anywhere".
In no small way, that is the motto of this blog. If only I could make a wildly successful animated film about Brego!
But anyway, I don't believe that every horse can be a great eventer. But I believe a great eventer can come from anywhere, showing talent despite the typical "profile". People should remove the scales from their eyes and stop the "breed" chasing and just look at raw talent, no matter how pudgy the packaging.
We're talking about adult ammy standards here, not Olympic talent. You know, the horse for the 98% of riders out there.
Completely objectively (*cough* *cough*), Brego has talent. He is not as talented as some, but he is more talented than most. And I am exceedingly lucky to know him, I take no credit for his talent. It's his and his alone. My neighbor cum trainer is a wonderful and kind woman, but we've not ridden for her yet so she has just seen Brego standing around in a field. And he does not exactly ooze talent just standing there, scratching his butt on a tree. So, even though she tries to hide it, she's very skeptical when I talk about him as a dressage horse, or as a jumper. She's stuck in the "breed trap".
No matter what sport you perform, or even no sport at all, try to frame your mind that "Anyone can _________!" The next big Five-Star chef may just be scratching his butt in your pasture right now.