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        04-18-2010, 09:51 PM
      #11
    Green Broke
    Congrats!

    I am an English rider myself and I know EXACTLY the type of person you mean, they frustrate the hell out of me and give the sport a bad name. I am not from a horse family and have always bought my own horses with no parental funding. Resulted in me riding some nutters and sometimes looking like I just left the Rodeo and bucked my way straight into the show ring (much to the disgust of others at times but hey, every horse has to start somewhere right?!)

    I'll never forget being at a show years ago and being so proud at placing third on a very green horse who put in his best possible workout for me. The girl who got second left the arena as soon as the ribbon was placed around her horses neck complaining loudly that her parents didn't pay $20,000 for her to be beaten and threw her ribbon on the ground. I was disgusted and briefly thought about tying her ribbon back on to her, very very tightly :)

    N.B. I had bought my horse for a slab of beer, not bad for $30 anyway.

    Oh and not all English riders despise Western riders, personally I think it is amazing, just wish I knew how to do it all!!!
         
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        04-18-2010, 11:49 PM
      #12
    Green Broke
    Oh geez! That lady is lucky that she doesnt run into me at a show, if someone ran their kicking horse into my horse she wouldnt wake up the next day to show. I would kill her.

    Im a dressage rider, and I used to jump, I know how hard it is, so I took my none-jumper friend to watcha jumping show and she kept on sayin how badly they rode and how she could kick their butt... haha I took her home and got her to go over a jump... she ever said anything about it again.

    Good job! Haha I love beating snotty people, urrggg I almost beat a huge WITCH at a dressage show, but she beat me by .3 POINTS!!!! URGGG! Haha I dislike her so much! And then this year I beat another witchy girl in the show ring at 7 in the morning, haha isnt it nice to wake up at 5 in the morning and beat a snotty person in the showring? It really energises your day! XD congrats at the show!
         
        04-19-2010, 11:16 AM
      #13
    Trained
    Oh yes, lovely way to wake up

    But the proble with our english riders is that they are ALL the same in my area. I know lots of nice ones....but they don't show on my circuit and don't live near me. It's just a region thing I guess. A click of preps and bitches. Lovelyy.
         
        04-19-2010, 11:28 AM
      #14
    Green Broke
    ^hmmm I would invite you to lovely ol' alberta, but dressage riders up here are compleltly crazy, but hunters/jumpers seem to be super nice! Haha
         
        04-19-2010, 11:44 AM
      #15
    Showing
    Bad riders with snotty attitudes and entitlement issues aren't just limited to the English disciplines.

    I ride English and used to show Saddleseat and English Pleasure. Now I just putz around and have a good time. Foxhunting is my newest venue, which is why I chose JJ as my next mount.

    I've been to A rated and upper level shows of all disciplines, and plenty of Western riders have the, "My sh*t doesn't stink and you're nothing compared to me" attitude.

    Once you've reached a certain level of showing I think many riders, regardless of discipline, tend to act that way. That's one of the reasons I quit showing; the diva 'tudes were just ridiculous and unnecessary.

    I have friends who run barrels and team pen, and those who jump 3' and event. We all seem to get along just fine, but I guess that's because we're older and don't allow anyone with a snooty 'tude to interrupt our enjoyment of our chosen sports and each other.

    I don't get it; we all love horses and our specific disciplines, so why is there so much infighting and catty behaviour?

    P.S.--It's spelled clique. A click is the sound a light switch makes when you turn it off.
         
        04-19-2010, 11:57 AM
      #16
    Green Broke
    Haha speedracer- I have learned sooooo much patience and an ability to laugh at those people at all the shows I go to, My first show I went to I felt like I didnt deserve to be there, now my attitude is "ya, im wild and crazy and a bit of a redneck, and yes, I ride dressage, and any other riding sport I have a chance to try. I DARE you to say something bitchy to me" That vibe either attracks them or makes them steer clear of me >
         
        04-19-2010, 02:32 PM
      #17
    Trained
    Speedracer -

    Yes, I'm much aware of the attitudes among horse people. It's just that in my area that's how it is. The Western riders are put down and the english riders are snobs. And thanks for the spelling correction....I seem to be off today for some reason. =/
         
        04-19-2010, 04:40 PM
      #18
    Showing
    Ugh, I hate people like that and SR is right, they are in every discipline. I have immense respect for those of you who ride english. I have tried the english saddle and I feel so insecure in it. For you guys to run full out over jumps in x-country or pop over 4 foot jumps like they are nothing, I salute you. Give me a stocky little earthbound horse any day LOL. People like that will never learn, unfortunately, but all anyone else can do is savor that flavor of victory, and if you're vindictive, rub it in a little bit.
         
        04-19-2010, 08:59 PM
      #19
    Banned
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by writer23    
    hahaha. Karma.
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Brighteyes    
    Victory is sweet.
    haha. Ditto to those people! :) lol
         
        04-20-2010, 10:52 PM
      #20
    Weanling
    Oh those victories are the best :)

    I went to a gymkhana once and I didn't plat my horse because I'd had about 3 hours sleep and just couldn't be bothered and someone was bagging me out to my face because my horse "looked like crap" thus couldn't be good enough for sporting... Kicked her but in every event besides presentation.
    It. Felt. So. Good.

    Yay for you and being able rub someone's face in your victory like they deserve
         

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