Originally Posted by Incitatus32
To me showing and winning is just something done on the side. It's so political nowadays that the worst riders can place high if they're on the right horse with the right bloodlines imo.
Whoa, now. Let's not all attack.
First of all, like my comment mentioned, I was not the only person in this thread to share this sentiment. As quoted above. I never said that ALL judges are like this. And I never said that it SHOULD be like this. I hope, and expect, that a judge bases their scores solely off of the rider's and horse's skills. But that's just not reality - at least in my neck of the woods. "That's just something that people who do poorly say. It's called being a bad loser. I've earned every single one of my 40% tests by riding like a sack of flaming dog poo. And I've earned all my 70% tests as well, by riding well." -
That's great for you. Congratulations.
And, also, I don't show. So, no "sore loser" here to make excuses for not winning ribbons. Let's clear that up right now.
"I think it's silly to think that someone who can't go out and ride a test in front of an FEI judge and earn a decent score has any right to be telling others how to ride."
- That's a little harsh. Some people have no plans on ever reaching FEI level, so why would they need their trainer to do the same? Basic dressage techniques can be taught by many people that don't reach that level. It all depends on the goals and expectations of the rider. "Wow! I have to say that's quite a harsh statement here. I've seen some "cheap" horses to kick arses at the dressage competitions (jumping too)."
- I've witnessed this myself. When I did
show, my horse was a OTTB with crappy conformation, who probably had no business being in a show ring. But, we kept up with the best of the them, and took home plenty of reserve, and champion, ribbons. I have nothing against a "cheap" horse. Cause, again, "cheap" is relative.