This is purely for venting reasons- and to get some stuff off of my chest- so if you are usually bothered by things such as this, feel free to quit reading
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). We will call her "M". 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.
When she contacted me about the position, she said I would hear something by the end of this week but she knew of no reason why I would not get the job. 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 M 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 my horse Drifter, bareback, in Nike shorts. M apparently told them she saw no problem with those pictures either. HOWEVER, because they put in writing that they deemed me to be unsafe, and they told M 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.
As for the other two girls, I want to find it in my heart to forgive them. And maybe one day I will be able to. But for now, I'm just upset over the whole situation. 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
And I know. There are two sides to every story. But honestly, I'm not much up for listening to hers right now. 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. What's mean to be is meant to be, and I know God's got my back.
To keep it positive - here is a picture of my two best friends on Earth. Whiskey just finished his antibiotics earlier this week and has been recuperating. He got the okay for a small amount of exercise today so I ponied him off of Drifter. It was hot so I was bareback (but I was in jeans this time at least), but I get that probably was still "unsafe". Oh well. They did awesome! And it sure does make exercising two horses a lot easier for the future pony1.jpg pony2.jpg pony3.jpg