What's "bad sportsmanship" when you're running/hosting a show?
Just thought I'd start a general discussion about what is okay sportsmanship when you're running a show.
Obviously, your students are going to have some advantages over other competitors that you can't control. For example, unless you own two FULL sets of jumps and you hide one away and ONLY use it for shows-- your students will have jumped the jumps at the show whereas others might not get to before they go in to show (if there's no schooling in the ring).
And if you design the courses, you might have slightly more insight on what's going to be problematic than someone who just walks up and looks at the course diagram. If you select the judge, you know her preferences, etc.
But let's take it a step further. If the jumps are set up the night before, is it okay if you students SEE them? Walk or hack their horses in the ring? JUMP the jumps? Jump the actual course for the show? What if it's a class where others don't get to school or even walk horses in the ring? What if it is, does that matter?
Should you be allowed to show over a course you designed and set?
Where should the line be drawn when it comes to hosting shows and preferencing the host?