Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck
As someone who's never shown, I'm curious if this is just happening with the younger crowd, or if adults are now jumping this way too? I was thinking about trying some schooling shows this year, but after reading how political this all is, I'm wondering if I'd be wasting my time and money?
I don't think schooling shows are as political. I have shown at a handful of schooling shows and found them to be very fair. I was at a show once where the judge was also an instructor in the area and she placed everyone very fairly, the first place rider/horse combination was a student of a trainer that she absolutely did not get along with. I think that schooling shows tend to be alot less political. Showing is definitely a special experience and I wouldn't trade it for the world. Schooling shows are fun! As long as you do well with the "hurry up and wait" lol