I am an adult amateur rider hoping to meet SOME of my goals before I die. Not sure how far I'll go in eventing, not that I've lost my youthful fearlessness, and gained some sense.
Dressage seems so full of nuances that I'm afraid I'll be working on "correct" gaits for the next 20 years. Maybe I'll be piaf-ing by 50?
Add to it I'm training my horses myself. I guess its the long road, but I think its more about the journey.