This could be breed specific, but I am going to refrain from making it that way as much as possible. I have always had a dream to take my horse to the top; originally in saddleseat (which he is not cut out for), but since we changed disciplines, I have thought about maybe making a goal for Nationals eventually. I gave up that dream bc I did not think he was "nice" enough. So, within the past few days, I have had many people that compete at that level (some I know, some I don't) tell me that my horse is definitely nice enough to go to Nationals. Obviously, him and I still need a LOT of work, but I have decided to continue with my goal and aim to compete there. I have just made sure my goal is more long term than anything [aiming for "before my horse turns 15"]. It gives me more than enough time to get ready. LOL. I think it's a good thing to have big goals, anyways, even if they don't end up happening. My question is, what do you think people at the top level should work on the most? Obviously, anybody competing at that level should be a nice rider and have a nice enough horse, but what things do you think most of the training emphasis should be on? What are the most important things to work on? Anybody can answer, even if their talking about dressage or something, but for reference: I show in the ASB circuit. Flat work.