Besides my current horses, I used to have a pony stud named "Shilo II" (the sire of Bandit and Dante), and before him, I had an older mare named Frosty and a pony gelding named Shilo. I'd say my love of horses comes from my uncle, who has several of them and had me showing one of his mares as a kid (Dubs' mother, actually).
I primarily trail ride, but once or twice a year I show at one of the open shows in the area. I can't say I'm very good at it, and with the exception of Tanner and Magic, my horses aren't really conditioned for showing, but I'm immensly amused by the people who treat these five-dollar shows like World Championships. I tend to get a lot of comments about our cheap stock trailers and grade horses, but that just adds to the fun... expecially when my "grade horses" beat their "pedigreed horses" (see Bandit's page for the joke on that.)
I can't say I really care about pedigrees and papers. Prior to Tanner and Magic, I've never owned a papered horse, and I'd always considered my grades to be much smarter than the papered horses I'd had contact with. (Though I suppose that I am rather biased.) But I've nothing against a horse with papers either; it's just not teh first thing I'd look at if I were getting a new one. With Tanner and Magic -- I got them because they were cheap ($300 for both of them), tall (which is what I like), well-mannered, and broke to ride. Papers are just an extra.