Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind
It has nothing to do with not being able to do what you do. It is all about having respect for the sport you are participating in and having respect for the judge that is judging it.
If you want to snub your nose at tradition and basically tell the judges and the rest of the participants that you have no
respect for the sport or the other competitors, then stay at the lower levels and do your fun shows.
If you can't understand that there are standards that must be upheld, then don't waste your, the judge's, or the other competitors' time. You're not being a rebel or the underdog, you're being unreasonable at expecting them
to change for you
I've found that those who scream the loudest about snobs, unfairness, or discrimination are those who can't be bothered to actually turn out themselves and their horses in the required, traditional way.
If you ever have hopes of competing at actual rated
levels, you need to observe the standards and traditions no matter where
in the spectrum of showing you happen to be at the moment.