Well, another friend told me that I would only be able to do the schooling shows and not any rated shows, since my horse is technically a large pony (she's right on the edge, around 14.1hh or 14.2hh, I need to measure her again to be sure!). Apparently she said that at rated hunter shows, only children (under 18 yrs old) can ride ponies and they don't allow adults to!
I'm super bummed because I'm not getting another horse obviously, and I'm only 5'1" 110lbs, so geez I'm basically the size of a kid! So Sandie is perfect sized for me!! Does anyone know if this rule is true?? Are there any variations or exceptions or is hunters totally out for us? We'd be starting with schooling shows anyway so it's not a big deal this year, but what if I love it and end up really wanting to get into it?
Here's a pic of Sandie and I (and yes I know our tack is black but we are getting new tack that's dark brown which would be ok for hunters then):