Hunter Show Bias?
Do any of you have any experience with hunter horses being discriminated against because of color or breed? I had heard that but never placed much stock in it, until I showed a draft cross at a hunter show recently and was pretty much verbally attacked by the people sitting behind my parents in the stands. But I actually laid down a really nice course, and got a ribbon out of a class of 30, which was very exciting.
My trainer says that this show was her proudest moment of me, the fact that I had a good enough trip that I pinned "even riding Daiq". She said she faces the discrimination too because she rides a pinto, though he is a warmblood and son of Popeye K.
I had always heard rumors of there being a bias, but I had always pretty much thought it was just an excuse why someone didn't pin, but my trainer is one of the most honest horse people I know, she won't tell you you did well unless you really did, and she admits herself when she had a bad show.
What do you guys think? Sorry I take so long to say everything haha.
(Of course, I do know that it depends on the judge, but I just want to know how common biases like that are, and to what colors and breeds they extend. Buckskin? Palomino?)
There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man. ~Winston Churchill