I guess if I barrel raced to make money or simply break even, I would have quit a long time ago, LOL.
I haven't won a check in barrel racing in 2 years. Red hasn't been ready and/or has had different soundness issues. I go into the arena expecting my horse to perform to the best of their ability ... I never expect to win a check. It's just an added perk if you have a nice run and win a check.
Sure, I've had lots of shows where I paid back entry fees, filled the truck with diesel, and still had a little left over. It's nice. But I've had way more shows where I've not won a cent. I guess I go to a show or a race with the idea in mind that if I can't afford to spend the money on entry fees and gas if I don't win anything, then I don't go. We all know hauling is not cheap.
Maybe I'm too much of a goodie-two-shoes to sandbag.
Besides BarrelRacer23: You've got your eye on that 1D saddle next time, right? Who cares about the 3D saddle..... Don't get me wrong, I'd love to win any saddle. But I think my own peace of mind would eat me alive.