Join Date: May 2011
Location: Chino Valley, AZ
I have watched many local shows and can tell you that the fancy dressers don't win at local levels. We had several girls that used the local training shows to "practice" for the upper level APHA shows. They had blinged-out tack, fancy clothes, the works. Problem was, they treated it like a lower-level show and didn't ride their best. I don't think any one of them placed any higher than third (usually in classes of 6-8 riders). I remember one show this lady riding a mustang in her old well-cared-for (but somewhat beat-up) trail saddle and a bosal with mecates won. Why? Because they rode their best, plain and simple. They met the judge's expectation of what a WP horse and rider should be. The girls on their shiny, body clipped APHA mares with their silver-trimmed saddles and headstalls, and sparkly shirts came in 3rd, 4th and 6th, if I remember correctly.
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