Braiding for County Fair 4-H Show
I am showing in the (Cecil, in Maryland) County Fair in the 4-H horse and pony show. I read the handbook for 4-H showing for Maryland and it says that braiding is not required, and only recommended for seniors (I am an intermediate), and only in the showmanship classes. But the parent of my club's president is telling everyone in the club we have to braid. I also looked at photos of other people on the 4-H day from last year and only about half were braided and half weren't. I am not good at braiding and having more to do that day would stress me out big time, and according to the rule book I can't have anyone braid for me either. I was also told by someone else from my barn that she has never needed to braid for county fair on any of the days. The horse I am riding also has a nicely pulled mane already (it is on the wrong side, but we have not been able to train it over, and trying would probably be a lost cause at this point). If you were in my position, what would you do? Would you braid, yes or no?