I definantly agree with all of these statements and opinons, but coming from a little girl who showed 4-h for four years, I didnt have the show saddle or show clothes, but I had the dedication, and I proved to the judges that a girl with nothing could beat a girl with something. And even now, I show across the country with the paint horse circuit, I am ranked top 20 in the 14-18 events, and I can tell you my outfits don't even compare to the ones some girls wear, and I have to say, my outfits are relatively nice. I wear black chaps, a buisness like long sleeve shirt and a straw hat, and my saddle has no silver. Some might think it's about the outfits, and money, and some of it is, but growing up in a horse show world, and knowing many judges, they all tell me, they give first to the person who performs the best and is put together the best. Not meaning a fancy decked out outfit, but a clean put together one. They all tell me that they don't even look at the saddles, or bridles.
Some might be envious and not very respectful to the person with the nicer saddle and outfits, I grew up with this, but have you ever thought that maybe that kid actually did have a good pattern, or ride? Maybe they actually deserved to win. Some people, this is all they do, their kids arent in sports, they don't have many friends, they spend their time in a truck and trailer going all over for points and first places. They earned that first place, and they don't tolerate second place, because this is all they do. They don't go to hurt your kids feelings, or take away their win on purpose, they are just doing what they do. Growing up in 4-h I would win every class and moms would tell their kids to stay away from me, because I was snotty. I was known as snotty because I won, and as a 9 year old girl, that broke my heart. I was not snotty, I never bragged or rubbed it in peoples faces if I won. Its sad that some parents see things that way. Horses can be very serious... Some people are in it all the way... They come to win, and they are going to... some just do it for fun... No one can help that... You think the kid with the nicer saddle and outfit wins because of that, but did you even watch his or her's pattern or ride?
Last edited by EKH15; 07-27-2012 at 01:15 PM.