Originally Posted by rlcarnes
agreed but when a kid brings in their parents champion and competes against kids with good but still not world champion horses most judges go for the champ just because of the tack and out fit- I have personally competed (several times at the 4H level)against a girl that had a gorgeous Champion paint gelding that had the flashy saddle and out fit (any yes trainer rode the horse before class). This girl completely bombed the class wrong lead bad transitions completely wrong horsemanship pattern- while I had a wonderful class. She got first and I quote from the Judge-" I like your horse more than the others!!" I just wish that the judges would be more fair and give ribbons to those who deserve them.
AGREED. I trained, and trained, and trained my horse, and I just had a simple show saddle. Sure, it was expensive, but it didn't silver plating or anything. I showed in blue jeans and a western shirt. But, every show, I'd get beat by a horse who was riden down by the trainer, then had a 8 year old girl stuck on top of her right before they went in the arena. They had it all, big saddle, $500 shirt, you name it. She was hitting all the wrong leads, turned to the fence, walked instead of trotting. But, her horse was obviously limping in his hind left, it looked like he had his whole leg fused together. So, she got placed first, and got last, even though my horse was one of the best in the whole arena (without being cocky, I'm just saying). It took three more enteries and first place ribbons before the judge excused her from the arena for a lame horse.