Typically, you are supposed to show one level under what you're training at home. That way the horse isn't pressured to perform the best it can at its highest degree in a higher level of stress.
If you are training 3ft jumper at home, you show 2"6' or 2"9'. This way, showing is easy for you and the horse. When you level out at 3ft (if you don't go any higher or want to) then you show at 3ft only when it becomes the normal height for the horse and doesn't have to be trained for it anymore.
If you show w/t, you should be training w/t/c at home so the w/t at the show will be easy.
There is such a thing as taking advantage of lesser classes with this thinking so you have to do it responsibly and smart. But this is what I've always been taught.
If your little horse placed in the top 3, you shouldn't be complaining. There's room to improve but she gave you her best. Especially against more mature horses.
The attitude you're portraying shouldn't be in a show ring, IMHO. You knew what the class was like and what kind of horses were in there. There are age specific classes for young horses to show in. Find one of those. Approaching the councel to change a class because you didnt win a blue when you were familiar with the rules and what you'd be showing against is a bit if bad showmanship. It's not like you didnt know.
If you want to compete against green horses, go find classes for them and compete. But don't try to petition a class for changing the rules. You knew the rules, you accepted the rules when you entered the class, and you placed high. Why are you angry?
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Last edited by Copperhead; 06-13-2013 at 08:16 AM.