I'm 27. I've been going to local gaming shows and horse shows since I was 4 or 5. Went to a big gaming show yesterday (big, as in 20+ people in each event in each age category .... big for around here!)
The first two events of the day were the Bareback Dollar Race, and the Egg & Spoon Race.
For the bareback race, obviously you have no saddle on your horse. Everyone is the in the arena at the same time, going around western pleasure style at a walk, trot, or lope depending on what the judge calls for. You have a dollar bill that you have to keep under your low thigh / knee area. If you lose your dollar, you are out.
For the Egg and Spoon Race the format is the same, but you must balance an egg on a plastic spoon with your finger behind the mark on the spoon. If you drop your egg, you are out.
Over the years, we've always **joked** about putting gum under your egg, or spitting on your dollar to make it stick, or tape, or yada yada. All in good fun.
Well, we actually had someone in the junior age division CHEAT yesterday. In all my years, no one has ever actually cheated (or maybe never got caught). So I'm just appalled by this. I did not see it myself (I'm obviously in the senior division) but I talked with a good friend who is in the juniors and she saw it happen. I guess she used gum in both events. And in the dollar race when the judge asked to see all of our dollars (given to us by the person at the gate) to inspect them before starting, she had another dollar in her pocket she showed the judge instead. I believe she "won" that class.
She tried the same thing in Egg & Spoon. Put gum under her egg. Well I supposed you can't exactly carry an egg in your pocket to show the judge and fake him out. So she got caught. And got her other win taken away. And was scratched out of the rest of her events.
I kinda know this girl a little bit too. And she's a rodeo queen for goodness sake. She's supposed to be a role model!!! I would have never expected this out of her.
Cheater, cheater, cheater..........
I got my 2nd place in Egg & Spoon fair and square, and just out of the placings (5th) in Bareback Dollar Race fair and square as well.