Thank you so much for the input. I really do appreciate it!
I think today, 20 years later, I would just figure it was a bad judge who probably shouldn't have been judging at all. But when you're 16 and eat, sleep and breathe the horse you've raised from a filly, you take it to heart.
It just seems like everywhere I look the horses are so BIG! Good to know that even though this horse may be on the small side, it's still reasonable for me to ride and attempt to show her. Thanks so much!