So I was wondering how would you judge a Open Pleasure driving class? I have a quarter horse mare (mostly western can do english) and I showed against a saddlebred horse this weekend in driving. Heres what happened:
There was only two of us in the class, the other horse was a saddlebred, so a light breed with lots of leg action. I was at an indoor facility, so I was driving around outside like 20 minutes before my class and Chloe was listening very well. I went into the arena and had to wait for the other gal to get her horse into the cart. The class went on and I had a very nice go around, Chloe was listening, head down, good extension etc...
Well we went in the line-up and the judge put her card in and came up to both of us and was like "this class was like comparing apples to oranges. In one hand we have a stock type horse and in the other is a pleasure type horse. Since this is pleasure driving I have to give it to the pleasure type horse." Then she turned and looked at me " your horse has the better transitions, looked happy out here, was cleary listening, BUT she is a stock type horse competing with a pleasure type"
I have competed with this other gal before and she then turned and looked at me and was like "Heidi I wish I had a horse like yours, You are able to go out into the parking lot, your horse doesnt care about cars, trailers, other horses, dogs, you even went through water....my horse only will go in the arena.... you should have won this class you clearly did better then me today"
I didnt argue or anything, just smiled and said thank-you. Around here you show against the same people and sometimes the same judges...this is seriously like the third time I've heard this from the same judge. Our association rule book doesnt say anything about it having to be a "pleasure type" horse. I don't want to make a big stink about it but I was just wondering what your thoughts are on it, I was just kinnda bummed.