As the show season comes to an end, our competitive edges come to a halt and we have a chance to reflect on all the classes we have ridden in this past year. Whether we achieved our goals for the year, or came a little short, I hope everyone had an amazing and entertaining show season.
The show season brought for me many blessings and many more happy moments then past shows and I couldn’t be more thankful for my little Lady.
There is one problem however I have found more pronounced this year than in previous years. The blessing of losing and the recipient of that blessing.
I have seen, this year more than ever it seems, the expectation of the win instead of continuing to strive to be better.
Every class you enter, every ride you have is a gift. No matter how many times you swing your leg over that saddle remember to always work harder than the time before. But when someone has worked a little harder, to accept whatever placing with grace and dignity, because at the end of the day each and every one of us do this for the love of the sport and not for the red ribbon or the trophy at the end of the year. We need to bring back the sense of love, support and community back into the arena and not just at the Saturday night party. It’s one thing for loss to ignite the fire of competition, but to win at the expense of someone else is when competiveness is crushed by ego.
Every person that enters that ring deserves to win. The most you can ask for is to not let someone else beat you. Ride to the best of your ability and know that no matter the opinion of the judge you did the best that you could.