Competing when you know you don't stand a snowball's chance.
I compete in the Morgan show ring...all subjective judging. I show AOTS and am proud of it. HOWEVER, once I enter the ring in my AOTS class, the judge know I *did this myself*. Then when I go up against the amateurs out of the trainer's barn, I'm knocked way down in the ribbons. They would never dare to reward someone like me when they have all their *dues* to pay, even if I was hands down the best horse in the ring.
Personally, I don't care about ribbons. All I want is a good ride and to do my best. BUT, it's really hard to justify the expense, time and work of showing KNOWING I'll never win anything big. I'm having a hard time with the expense part of it, despite no lack of funds. Seems like such a waste of money.
I'm wondering if anyone else feels conflicted about the cost of showing and the chances of placing/winning. I would never give up my AOTS and pay a trainer just so I can be on the winning side of the politics. It all seems so pointless, sometimes.