I've noticed over this show season that at some shows I feel like I fork out big bucks (or semi big) just got get somewhat crap prizes?? For example at state this year we paid $15.00/class (did about 10 classes) and then $90.00 for a stall with straw for the week (shavings was like $120.00) then the drug fee and all the other junk. Now the best that D & I did was English Open W/T reserve champion (out of 10 woot!) and I didn't know about it till yesterday (state was October 11th) and I know that the W/T champions got buckles? So I contacted the state chair to see if I left my prize behind (sorry if that sounds greedy but this show cost a lot with the hotel and everything else) and she said "Oh you get a top 5 prize).... Now all the other catagories got Champion & Reserve Champion buckles but... Reserve W/T gets a top 5 prize?? I figured ok w/e no big. THEN I learn the top 5 prizes are buckets with "SOC TOP 5" stickers (in or on them not sure?) and 'goodies' inside. Ok now not to sound like a horse show princess or anything but seriously?? This is the STATE show and the top 5 prizes are sticker and buckets and probably brushes?? I mean I'll be getting three buckets >.< and gah! If the stickers are specific to the top 5 cata. I wont mind as much :P BUT buckets?? Ok ok before I go over board lol. I wanted to help our region leader with the 2010 series and I had a couple ideas of how to get more participation so that we could give out nicer prizes? I wanted some opinions on what YOU would want if you were coming to this series:
Cata: 13&Under, 14-17, 18&over, Open, (and I THINK some noivce horse/rider classes) All English, Western, with english/western trail and Over Fence classes.
(eeeppp I have to go to class I will add more details later but feel free to post what you would want, flat ribbons, rosettes, series sashes, daily high point? Would you give up rosettes for a nice daily trophy? INPUT PLEASE)