Hi everyone. Well I had my 2nd show ever today. It was a fun show, I showed in w/t classes. So well I am so mad that the judge is ******ed. Warning: If you want to say negative comments, watch yourself, no one knows the situation nor the horse nor the judge nor the circumstances nor the show grounds nor my experience. Here is the deal. You posted on a public forum for input. I will take into consideration that, obviously, you are under 14. Not sure what you think you will do to me, as an adult. So my classes: Showmanship Beginner 14 & under Halter: Mares Equitation Beginner 14& under Pleasure Beginner 14 & under (err) Command Beginner 14 & under So my story: I went in for pleasure and their was a horse that was acting like a crap head go figures. I circle around and pass the gate. The judge is standing at the gate. Secret curves off and tries to get out the gate, almost running the judge over. I say "Woh", she stops. The judge turns around and gets all nasty! I start moving her over to the rail and my trainer was helping with the horses in the ring. So, mind that the class has not started yet and people are still entering. So she goes up to my trainer and says "No horse that does that deserves to be in the ring, take your student out!". She has not business doing that. Guess what, my trainer complained, and you know what the judge said to the show manager which the show manager told my trainer. She said "No one her deserves to canter because the all can't ride". That judge got some nerve! Well, watch out judge. I will attack. And as an extra, we were joking around about how bad the judge was. My trainer said "if she says something to you just run her over and let Secret (my horse) kick her" lol. I was laughing so hard and then she is like "and say "I know I am excused"" lol LOL LOL. Made me laugh so hard. I was giggling till I entered the ring. Then I just put on my frowny face lol. I really didn't care.
I would love to know the level of show we are talking about. My guess is perhaps a schooling show? Local? 4h? Anyway, you should have control of your horse. That said, yes, horses will be horses at times, and can be difficult. That is why you had a trainer there, who should have been telling you to go to the OTHER side of the ring, AWAY from the judge, gate and turmoil, and let your horse settle a bit. Her mistake, and you are there to learn, as is your horse. Your trainer, to me sounds like an idiot. To say something like that to a kid-well, if it had been my daughter-we would have been looking for a new trainer. Not appropriate at all, IMO. Nor, was the incident funny, in any stretch of the imagination. Someone could have been hurt, uncluding you,m your horse, etc.
Learn from this, and the next time, go into the arena and go as far from everyone as possible. Most likely that will make you and your horse look the best.
I think you also need a good lesson in respect, and you will not go far unless you enter EVERY show with a smile and a good attitude. You don't have to love the judge, or agree with them, you just have to make them think you do.