I was that kid that always had to ride the lesson horses at the show for I don't know how many years. I finally found this awesome horse, he was so beautiful and he had that perfect show horse look. He was a sorrel with a lightening bolt. I had to have him. I worked part time at a shopping center and made payments on him. $500 later he was mine.
I remember the day I took him to my first show. I'd been talking about him for weeks, telling everyone about my $500 Quarter Horse and my $600 trailer. I could NOT wait to show him off.
My horsey friends all gathered around the trailer when I pulled up. I'm telling you, I remember it like it was yesterday. I was so excited. I pulled him off that trailer and "Snot Boy" - that's what we called him, I don't even remember his real name, said... "Are you really going to show THAT? It's a Farmpony."....
Talk about a bubble bursting. It was like someone punched me in the gut. My friend Kelli stepped forward though and said, He's a diamond in the rough. You just wait, he'll shine like a copper penny. She was right.
He was 3 years old and about 200 lbs under weight at the time, I should have hidden him at the farm but I was too proud. He had a hole in his face that was oozing puss because of an abscessed tooth, but I didn't care. He was beautiful.
We won end of year reserve champion that year... I can't count the ribbons he brought me. He's my love... And obviously, where I got my screen name... Farmpony because that's what he is, and 84 because that is the year he was born...
Here is a picture of him now at 29. Pistol.jpg
So to answer your question, Yes. You should show.
"Be a best friend, tell the truth, and overuse I love you
Go to work, do your best, don't outsmart your common sense
Never let your prayin knees get lazy
And love like crazy"