My horse and I have recently started under saddle classes, noted that she is green (she's 3 1/2) and all I really want to do is get her familiar with classes, with the surroundings, etc. all with me on her back. We did in-hand stuff with her as a 2 year old, just walking her around the grounds put her in some halter and showmanship classes, etc. Now that she is 3 1/2 I decided to step up her game and ride her around the grounds and possibly enter her in some classes, specifically walk/trot classes. Amazingly she did amazing and placed a lot. Lots of 2nds and 3rds. I could've gotten some first places, but only if she was more broken at the pole, under herself, etc. which we haven't been doing much of lately (shame on me).
ANYWAYS, this particular show kinda got on me. The walk/trot classes are only divided by age 15 & Over and then there is the 14 & under. No problem. However there are some people who take advantage of the walk/trot classes because they are easy or because of the amount of people in them. Personally I think walk/trot classes should be only reserved to the green horses/riders. Possibly even recovering horses and riders, but at the same time I wonder if they can't/shouldn't canter at their physical condition if they should be showing at all at the moment. But hey to each of their own. Anyways I'm always put up against highly educated people and their unbelievably broke horses. I know that the person and horse isn't green because they compete everywhere at shows, in the walk/trot/canter classes. However, how do I know that the rider/horse is in a state of condition where they shouldn't canter? I usually try to give the rider the benefit of the doubt. However, its kinda bothering to me that people do this so they can get a ribbon or an extra point.
But that also puts me at a awkward spot because to me when I say, "All broke horses and riders need to compete in the walk/trot/canter classes," I feel like I'm just going to take up all the classes for myself. If that makes any sense. But I do strongly feel that walk/trot classes should be green horses or riders, although it isn't stated in the show bill (whether or not the class is for green horses/riders) then I guess its a free for all.
I'm considering going to the people who run the show about this and ask if they can possibly do anything to make walk/trot classes more for green horses and riders. Like I've stated up above, if I do that then I feel like I'm just being selfish, taking them all up, etc. However on the other side of it the other people do give me a bar to reach and I can train my way to it. However it'll take years to reach that and I'm in no way pushing it. Now I also sound like I need a ribbon to prove that I did well, etc. I don't want to sound like that but I would like something to work for...However I could just buy a ribbon...Hehe. To be honest I feel ridiculous talking about winning a ribbon to prove I did well. Ugh I don't know what to do.
So do you think I should go to the council about this? See if they can make it more of a green horse/rider class rather than a class for people to get a extra ribbon or point? I don't think they can add more classes because of financial issues, and things like that. However people can just lie and say that they are green or that their horse is a greenie, so it wouldn't really be worth it.
Ugh, I don't know what to do. Glad I got that off my chest at least.
Suggestions will be awesome.