Late blog post today because I guess with a dead cell phone and no dogs to wake me up… I needed to catch up on sleep. A lot of sleep. Over 12 hours of sleep – whoops!
So anyway, last weekend at Pin Oak more than one person commented to me about how the junior riders looked like they weren’t having any fun. Pairing that with a conversation with a friend who told me about a horrible show of sportsmanship she saw from an adult amateur at Pin Oak the previous year, and I began to wonder if people had any fun at these big shows.
When AA classes give out large amounts of prize money, it can be easy to get wrapped up in the pressure of it all. There are points, prizes and sales horses to be concerned about. Everything is recorded and there’s really no where to hide at a show like this.
However, when I got home and started to go through my photographs I began to see the other side as well. Sure, there are always going to be individuals that don’t have great sportsmanship but I really do believe people show horses because they love them.
I saw more moments of good sportsmanship than bad last weekend.
The scowling juniors? Maybe they were just taking their job as riders seriously. When you’re jumping 3’6″ + there isn’t always a ton of room for error.
It’s a way different show environment than what I’m used to at my local shows, but I still felt the love underneath it all.