During the time I’ve been interested in horses, I’ve never delved into the the horse showing world. I’ve always tended to put people who showed in a completely different horse-owning category and considered myself distinctly on the outside of that circle. I’ve almost always had either young, untrained horses or my older horse who I cannot ride due to arthritis. So, showing always seemed unattainable to me. I would go to local shows or to the AQHA World Show every year and admire the beautiful horses, the glitzy outfits, and the grace with which the horse and owner seemed to have together. I had none of these things, and so in some ways I have to admit I grew to resent the horse showing world. I would never be one of “those people.” I told myself I didn’t want to do any of that anyway. Who really wants to wear scratchy, fussy blinged-out blouses in 100 degree weather? Or keep your horse in a padded stall to keep it from getting unsightly nicks? Who wants to spend their weekends at long competitions just for the hope of a ribbon? Not me. At least, that’s what I told myself.
In reality, it was purely my immature jealousy. I longed for a broke horse. I coveted that fancy truck and trailer, and even more so the money and time to enter all those shows.
It is still true, I am not a big dress-up girl, so that part of the showing business still sounds like torture to me. What I do share with horse owners who are dedicated to showing is their ambition. I love a good goal. I love reaching goals even more. Now that I finally have that broke horse I’ve dreamed about, I have started to consider dipping my toe into the proverbial horse-showing pond. I did not say I finally have a show horse, a fancy truck and trailer, or even those sparkly clothes. I’m just an average rider with an average horse and an average horsey budget. I’ve decided that there’s nothing wrong with taking your everyday horse to a local show, wearing plain yet sharp clothes, and trying your hand at something new. Showing is supposed to be fun, to help you reach your riding goals, and to grow as a horse person. There’s no way Charlie Cole started at the top. I’m sure he started where everyone else does, at the local shows, hopefully making mistakes just like us!
So my newest and hardest goal is this: to go to one show during the 2013 season. We might totally bomb. That is a very good possibility. But I’ll be darned if I don’t have fun doing it!