Denise, Continuing to keep you and your family in my prayers!
This seems petty in comparison- but I was robbed of a great job opportunity today, and am asking for thoughts as I try to come to terms with it.
A few days ago I learned of a great opportunity being offered to me through my university's Horse Program. I have competed in some of the same shows as the woman who is in charge of my university's horse unit (showteam, equine behavior and training, horseman ship classes, etc). She has seen me ride in a variety of circumstances and has a pretty accurate knowledge of my skill level. They needed a new instructor for over fences lessons for the show team and she put my name forward. She knew me, and knew my abilities, so felt like I was fully capable to help her out. She also knows of other students who take lessons from me.
Well a "friend" apparently heard that this woman was considering me, and she was very upset by it. She and another "friend" set up a meeting with where they filed a written complaint against me. They apparently put in writing that I was an "unsafe" instructor and that the safety of the students would be jeopardized if I were to indeed become an instructor. They even presented her with pictures, PICTURES!!!, that they had somehow gotten ahold of from me on trail rides and me at shows. The pictures from the shows were pretty stereotypical show pictures of me jumping, etc. M told me that she told them she saw NOTHING wrong with the pictures. The trail pictures were of me on Drifter, bareback, in Nike shorts. HOWEVER, because they put in writing that they deemed me to be unsafe, and they told the woman they would go higher up than her if need be if she still offered me the position - her hands are tied. I do not get the job.
I have been very upset about this all day, but more so over the fact that someone could be bored enough to go ruin an opportunity like that for someone else. I have a lot of mutual friends who are chipping in support and contacting the school on my behalf, which I am so very thankful for. I blessed to have those people in my lives.
I did contact one of the girls who had the meeting to discuss with her why she felt like she had to do that. She told me that I didn't take my riding seriously enough and that riding bareback on the trails was proof enough of that. She also told me that she had sent in her own name to the hiring committee and hoped they would learn from the mistake they almost made and not repeat it
I am trying to not hang on and be bitter but I just keep thinking about how much I was looking forward to this wonderful opportunity for me. But What's mean to be is meant to be, and I know God's got my back.
In positive exciting news (sorry I have written a novel) Whiskey got cleared for light exercise so he got ponied off of Drifter tonight. It was ... touch and go. Drifter was a saint. Whisk jumped a lot of ditches and would try to run up (The vet said light exercise Whiskey!! Light!! We were walking for a reason!!) along side of us and D never batted an eye. I was also on bareback, so too bad the girls couldnt have gotten pics of that and added it to their collection of me being "unsafe" ha.
I hope everyone is doing well and riding and I keep each of you in my thoughts and prayers every day! pony1.jpg pony2.jpg pony3.jpg