Ive been out of the show curcuit for 4 years. But my mother was recently the ring steward for County Fair and something she was telling me about it really pissed me off.
Our county is primarily a rodeo community....every year I showed there was usually no more than 5 people tops in my classes. English I was the ONLY person.
At the end of the shows they have barrels and poles....then theres about 20-30 people in those classes.
So even though I show in 10+ classes throughout the day, and I win first in each class. I only have so many points, thanks to AQHA's rule that you get as many points as there are people in the class..
Ex. 3 people in the class so 1st gets 3 points.
So at the end of the day, I would have say 35-40 points max.
But if 1 barrel racer won first in both barrels and poles ....having 20+ people in her class...she would beat me out of high point.
That happened to 4 riders this year at county fair....they won 1st consistently all day. Then one girl, who didnt show AT All ran both barrels and poles, so she won highpoint, got the buckle and the gift certificate etc.
Don't get me wrong, I do rodeo, I run barrels, poles, I rope etc. but theres a rodeo RIGHT AFTER the show. And the only reason these riders do barrels/poles during the show is for the warm up for the rodeo.
I just think its ridiculous. Thankfully when I was showing, I ran barrels/poles anyways so I would get SOME points even if I didnt win. And I was never screwed out of highpoint.
Multiple show families have gone to the fair board asking to have the speed events removed, so things like this don't happen...but the fair board is made up of the rodeo families, and the fair makes 90% of its money from the rodeo, and the fair board members all RIDE in the speed events at the show for warm up, and do the rodeo...so we always get shut down.
I think its horridly unfair that these little girls who ride JUST as hard and just as much with their horses get beat out because their show horse can't run a 15 second barrel time.
And its an iffy situation of taking their horse in to the speed events....its either gonig to be a case of them making that one extra point....or giving a BR that one extra point to beat them.
I don't blame the BR for going into barrels. Its not their decision to have BR at the show. I take the opportunity too to run my horse...but I also showed all day in every class.
Idk. Maybe none of this makes sense...but every time I think about going home and getting back into show I remember all the politics, and all the rodeo/show drama between riders.....
Does anybody else have this problem? Or does anybody else have an ideo to get BR and PB removed from the show to help out these other girls?
Edit: reason I ask is my mother, along with 4 other show families are trying to get onto the fair board, so they can really bring up this issue and get it dealt with