I recently got back into riding after a long hiatus a few months ago, and haven't shown since I was a kid over 10 years ago. I've attended two shows that my barn has been involved in so far, and both times I've heard from several people that the judging at both shows was sometimes (or completely) unfair.
In the second show, for example, it became evident after a while that the judge seemed completely biased by the horse's color. The dapples and the paints were scoring the highest, while the chestnuts and bays always came last. There were several instances where riders who made many serious mistakes scored higher than riders who made almost none, which was frustrating. One dapple grey in particular was doing this competition while badly lame. In the show he'd been in the week before, he'd finished last and his rider was even marked down for bad horsemanship because of the lameness. Yet in this competition he won everything--while still lame
I don't plan on showing for a long while yet, but these few instances have made me more nervous about it because now I'm starting to wonder just how often people end up having to deal with crappy judging, and if I would know if I truly earned my ribbons or not. So my question is: have you ever been in/observed a horse show where there was bad judging?