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There are English competitions all over the world. I live in lower central Texas in a small town, and it's not hard to find hunter jumper or dressage competitions near me, even though I ride western style. I know there are english competitions all over California, though depending in if it's more rural or 'country' where you are, western riding and cattle ranches are also popular. I do know that in places like Nevada or Utah where wild horses, horse and cattle ranches are common do not have as much english riding, but there are competitions and camps.

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