I love to show and any regular readers of my blog know I do a lot of competing. Dressage shows, open pleasure shows, three and two phase events, versatility challenges, I love them all. I have shown at schooling shows, USDF rated shows, "AA" rated shows and everything in between. I have shown all over New England and have gone to New Jersey for the last four years to attend the National Standardbred Show. I don't need to bore you with all the details of all the many places I have shown!
In many ways, showing helps motivate me. My tack is cleaner when I show too! LOL! ;-) Being at home with no one to ride with (unless I make specific plans) can be difficult to keep focused. It is too easy to take a day off from riding if I am tired and no one is there encouraging me to ride with them, so knowing I have to prepare for a show helps keep me motivated to ride six days a week. I like having challenges and setting goals with my horses. But simply making training goals are not enough for my competitive nature. I like to show in order to test our training and of course ribbons are FUN! ;-) But showing for me is also a social opportunity. The camaraderie and silly memories are just as much fun as winning a ribbon.
Now, I do want to say that I have nothing against those who chose to not show for any variety of reasons. Showing is not the "be all, end all" in terms of horses. I respect people who do not show just as much as those who do. If enjoying your horse without showing is what makes you happy, GO FOR IT! :-) I just know for me personally I would not be happy without showing at least a few times a year. I don't think that showing defines who a person is. Of course, I like sharing my successes here on my blog and posting pics, etc. etc. But does that make me a better horseman? No way! But of course, this is all my opinion and I am sure there are others out there who disagree. That is OK! I just wanted to make it clear that just because I love to show does not mean I look down upon anyone who does not.
|Reva's first show ~ May 2011|
|Ribbons from Dreamy's first show ~ August 2006|
|My first show with Sparky (and our first blue ribbon!) ~ York County Riders 1994|