Trailhorserider, your horse sounds like a lot of fun!! After watching the videos Sue posted, I can see where that would be a comfortable ride. Watching those show horse videos and seeing the one at the show made me think they might be terrifying to ride :p
Palomine, it's so sad some horses have to go through that for ribbons. After I posted this the other night, I made the mistake of watching some videos on soring (which is horrific, good lord), and that led me to videos of rodeo abuse (I actually had no idea people rope horses. I thought they only did it to cattle, which is in my opinion sad enough, but horses have so much further to fall) and all kinds of other terrible things that left me in tears. It was the middle of the night, but I was dying to drive to the barn and give my boy a hug!
"...and may your life be filled with good horses." — Buck Brannaman