Last time on the Rat Race series, we talked about how easy it is to get caught in the trend of buying tack for trends instead of function. I loved reading and responding to so many comments on how people feel about this subject, and hope today’s blog post can insight just as much discussion.
I very well may eat my words here in a year or so if/when I move up divisions, but the rat race aspect I’d like to tackle today is the need to continually feel like you should move up a division.
I’m a very competitive person, which is why I love to show and need showing as part of my equestrian happy place. On top of this, I’m a giant chicken. I honestly think that when I find my horse’s happy place division and ring wise, I may never want to move up. Even typing that though… I can tell you it’s probably a lie.
Years ago I just said, “All I want to do is show 2’6″ and I’ll be happy!” What am I thinking now? “Hmm, Take 2 Jumpers are only 1.0m… 1.0m can’t be that big right?” In theory, I should be completely happy sticking in 2’6″ land for the rest of my days with Simon… but I doubt that’ll be the case.
I also know I’m not the only equestrian that feels this way. Most showers I know have higher aspirations than what they’re currently doing. Is it because we’re all a competitive bunch? Is it because showing brings out the “more more more more” mentality and we always want to be doing more?
I can assure you, it’s not because I’m bored at 2’6″. I am far from bored. I can mess up a course at almost any height – it’s a talent.
Why is it then? Could I possibly be happy showing 2’6″ the rest of my equestrian life? Could you?
If you show, I’d be curious if you feel as I do. Are you satisfied doing the division you’re currently doing… or are the aspirations much higher?
Another interesting aspect of this topic, is that maybe there’s nothing wrong with always wanting to show a division up. We all seemed to agree that buying tack for fads and fads alone wasn’t a great idea… but is this aspect of the rat race actually a positive thing? To me, I wish I could be 100% satisfied at my little 2’6″ divisions at my little local shows… but maybe there’s nothing wrong with aiming higher.