I'm just really bummed about this lately.... so bear with my complaining.
My parents are horsey people, but the Sunday evening ride/ride to get the cows kind of people. My dad doesn't ride a horse just because it needs to be rode, my mom is a bit better, but not much.
We have friends who have kids the same age as me and a year or two younger, and their parents hauled them all over the country to high school rodeos, and now are hauling them all over for border country rodeos.
I've been riding, roping and barrel racing with these people since I started, and we are all of a similar skill level. Last summer, I begged my parents into taking me to ONE rodeo because it was my last year old being able to compete as a Junior. I entered with one of the other girls from the family mentioned above and we were fractions of a second from winning it due to a couple errors in the slack run.
This year, the whole family kept on asking me if I'm going to rodeos and yadda yadda, and my parents just told me that if there is no guarantee that I'll win, there's no point in me going. The family mentioned above finally talked my parents into taking me to one rodeo, but I was only able to enter in the roping twice, and was informed by my father that I could have done well in the barrels AFTER the barrel racing was over.
I'm super jealous I guess. The kids in the family I keep on mentioning are loaded with buckles, trophy tack ect... and I've had 4 opportunities in my life at such things.
I'm just tired of being told how much money they won and the buckles they got every weekend. I keep on trying to get my parents to care, but they just don't... and it looks even worse now that I'm pouring all of my effort into Squiggy for barrel racing and then have the chance of not being able to do anything because my parents think I'm good enough AFTER the event is over.