I was older when I competed (if you want to call it that) in my first playday (aka gaming event?). It was a just for fun event put on by our local roundup club. I had a blast. I was riding my first horse - a two year old strawberry roan draft cross. He was humongous, and I remember getting teased about how tall he was. Found out he was a real dead head - he would walk and trot all day long, but absolutely refused
to canter. That was okay by me - we didn't get last place in most of the events - so we weren't the slowest ones there. It was so much fun.
I've loved playdays ever since then - but I am NOT competitive. For me, the playdays are just that...play!