Let me first say I strongly encourage everyone who has the ability and the means to chase points to do it, because it’s freaking amazingly fun.
Chasing points is not for me. It was at one time, and I did it, and have piles of blue satin from 1992 from it, and a big pretty yellow ribbon from the Southwest Dressage Championships.
More importantly, I don’t need the validation. I horse show for fun. I prefer a no-pressure, social activity over a disciplined pursuit of glory these days. My horse doesn’t care, he just wants to jump around.
So if you’re young and/or ambitious, chase after those points! Win every neck ribbon and wool cooler and silver tea tray you can! I will happily cheer on anyone interested in doing it. I will also be showing against some people who are, and I might–even if just occasionally–give them a run for their money.
The only validation I need now is a happy, healthy horse.