Fourth Show....Results are "rigged"
I've been showing, finally! I am always in the jumping classes, but the courses are so darn hard to remember!
This past show (yesterday, in fact), I was in two jumping classes (2'3" to 2'6" max). I remembered the first course perfectly, and I got first against the only other competitor in that class. The notorious #1010. Allow me to expand: This girl has been jumping for six years, and showing for a long time. She is VERY good. Now, normally, I welcome the chance to ride against someone like this. But NOT when her MOTHER is the person who designs the courses! That's right. This girl's mom (who is very nice....or was. I still like her, though, even though she helps her daughter cheat) makes the courses VERY difficult. WAY more difficult than they ought to be at dinky little local shows like this. Basically, this girl, 1010, gets to learn the courses a week in advance, and I learn them five minutes before my number is called. And I have to go before she does, because my number is 49.
The ONLY reason I beat her in my first jumping class was because her horse knocked a pole and then had a refusal. The next jumping class I was in (which was right after the first), I remembered the first jump....Only the first jump. I was out there looking like a fool, trying to remember which one came after and jumping random jumps in the process, and having three refusals because I couldn't set my horse up right. This girl did it FLAWLESSLY. And what's worse: She looked like she had done the course before. None of the courses are the same. She looked like she had been practicing all week so that she put beat us to a jam and spread us on her toast.
She's a nice girl. She really is, and so is her mother. I just don't see how this is fair.
At least I beat her, though. I had never beaten her before. And getting second (once again) in the next course really wasn't that bad. It was our sponsor show, so first place got a groom tote, which I really didn't need, and second place got a pair of brand new half chaps, which I was already shopping for online. So I got first place and a pair of half chaps. And another second place and a third place in rail classes.
It was a good day. The only vice was the unfairness of the courses.