Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Tri-State (IA, WI, IL) area
I'm not very competitive... I joke about it, but not really. I only show locally, and I know full well that most the people I'm showing against have many more years of experience than I do, and in some cases, a few of them have even gone to State. I'm only showing Magic and Tanner now -- neither of them were ever Western Pleasure horses -- they've always been barrel racers and worked cattle on a farm. I don't intend to make them into Western Pleasure horses, either, I just show them in it to keep them from walking into an arena and expecting to run-run-run! I also know that the previous owners hadn't ridden them for nearly five years, and I have never run barrels in my life before I started experimenting on Magic. So we're far from the most experienced team out there.
But even a run that's a second better than the last makes me smile -- my biggest achievement is when both Tanner and Magic ran 25 seconds yesterday, and I learned how to use barrel racing reins to help Tanner make her turns quicker (I'd always used split reins, since that's what I'd been taught on when I first learned to ride).
So maybe I'm a little competitive against myself.