I first learned to ride at Camp Fire Girl camp when I was 9 years old, and continued every year I went thru 1966. We also had stables growing up in Oklahoma where we could ride at Lake Draper and Lake Thunderbird. Occasionally when my family took road trips, we rode then, too, in places like Red River, NM. In the early 80s my husband began buying fox trotters to show. At one time we had 10 horses. Mine was named Gypsy. I learned English riding for the first time around 1986, when I took a Hunter Jumper class. One of our horses we called Spook, because he was a very skiddish gelding, that spooked easily. My husband normally did all the showing but when we went to the Texas State Fair he was having a hard time settling Spook down. He asked me to ride him and lo and behold, the horse calmed down. My husband insisted I had to show him , and he wound up first place in his class. We eventually sold our horses, planning to move to Iowa.