I am SO not competitive. I've never had a show quality horse, so I've never done that. However, husband, daughters and I used to go to playdays at our little local arena. Husband and daughters were pretty competitive, but when it came to be my turn - I just kind of plunked around. I was happy with a nice trot or slow canter around the barrels. My mare - not so much. Right after I got her I discovered she loved to run barrels, and I just hung on for dear life - never touched the reins - and prayed no one opened the gate until she came to a stop at the end of the run. (shouldn't have worried about that too much - the one time they opened the gate too soon all she did was head for the trailer). I enjoyed the pole bending and keyhole racing - at a slow speed. It was just something fun to do with my horse. She was never afraid of anything that took place in an arena or on a trail (that was not on a paved road or went under a bridge.) I hope my new mare is as good as my old mare.