Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Eastern Virginia
Yeah, where I live in the states, we have these local shows. Some western some English.
I rode this lovely gelding when I was 11 in a basic to intermediate hunt show level, I LOVED this horse, he was properly built for the sport, but he was a Back Yard bred boy. His conformation was a stroke of luck, we did well, we usually placed well. But when I started showing out of county, with these people who had their expensive Thoroughbreds (who most looked like crap) or finely tuned pedigrees I was literally spat upon by one of my competitors all because my gelding didn't have papers except a bill of leasing.
I'd like to tell you we won and I modestly rubbed it in their noses but I was so rung up (mind you I was still pretty much a kid) my boy knew I wasn't in the right mind and he would not move. Refused to walk.
But people with their expensive horses tend to look down on others who have horses that aren't "Lined." My 20 year old Arabian mare, is actually a back yard mutt that was never registered. Now she apparently won metal after metal in Cross Country.
So even the little BYB horses can be something, but it takes a dedicated owner with a tough nerve and will of steal to deal with all the jerks that think its gross to have a horse that isn't one of the finest.
In my personal opinion, a lot of pedigreed horses are just that and maybe a personality. I see very few horses with good pedigrees that stand in the good conformation. People see a paper and breed breed breed just to make money.