? from non-show person that used to show in pony h/j in the 70's
I had a Welsh/Morgan large pony, showed him in h/j. When he behaved, he was great. One year we won Res. Champion of the year. (Not A circuit, however). I remember how many times I competed against these bratty girls who threw their ponies to the grooms right after their class and usually acted like they didn't even like their ponies!! (which were classic push-buttons) I recall feeling a strong sense of pride when we beat these little horses, most of which had "Farnley" at the beginning of their show names. Now for the question(s), after that long intro!I just today read the story about Humble, and some of the issues re. doping in the modern show world. I wonder what the young rider in that sort of situation learns from it all? I wonder if there is a sense of pride when your parents pay a large sum of money so you can cruise around the course on a cute little robot? What's the payoff for the rider? This is NOT a rhetorical question. I really am wondering. I mean, I know there is a "pay-off", if you will, for the trainer and or owner, but what about the kid? Seems as if a youngster would really want to become a better rider and continue in the sport they would have to eventually learn on a normal, non-drugged, non-pushbutton.