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  • Just Ridiculous!

    Last edited by luv2piaffe; Oct. 7, 2009, 03:11 PM.

  • #2
    Are you always this fun?


    • #3
      Originally posted by slc2 View Post
      Are you always this fun?


      • #4
        Are you always this fun?
        Hey obviously the OP needed to vent, sounds like a nightmare show just based on the rain and footing. Whether the unfair advatage was real or percieved it can be frustrating. Sometimes you just need to whine and bitch a little and hope poeple understand. Its alot of money to spend to feel cheated.

        Heck I know how the OP feels, I compete against a PSG (confirmed/shows) who shows at TL with his AA owner. Both horse and owner could easily do 1st/2nd and so its frustrating and no shock when they win...kinda takes the excitement out of it, but hey I go for the scores and the comments to see what I need to work on.
        I have horse to sell to you. Horse good for riding. Can pull cart. Horse good size. Eats carrots and apples. Likes attention. Move head to music. No like opera! You like you buy.


        • #5
          I just talked to someone who was there who had a riot. But she won.


          • #6
            Somehow, I don't even know where Region 2 is, but I have a certain suspicion I have an idea who the person she is referring to is.

            The judging in this country is a joke. A bunch of sheeple/judges.


            • #7
              It really stinks when people compete two levels below where they belong, i had a friend going training level getting in the mid 80s on her upper level horse that she could do all of the upper level movements on...


              • #8
                Are you ALL always this fun?


                • #9
                  Well, that wasn't that hard to figure out. Holy camoly, did she ever have a great show! Champion at every level from training through PSG. You weren't kidding. She must have a slew of really nice horses to campaign. And this is the number one YR in the nation. So, you were beaten by the best in the nation.

                  I think you just hang it up in those cases and know you can't win. Hopefully you're showing for other reasons than winning. A little sportsmanship can go a long way.


                  • #10
                    Actuallly, she did come in 2nd place in the First level championship. And 1st place.
                    From now on, ponyfixer, i'll include foot note references.


                    • Original Poster

                      Well again she is competing against kids and students that dont ride for a living. That is her JOB, and it has been her job for a LONG time. I go to school, and when Im doing calculus she's riding horses! She should be in the open division, and I think the rules need to change. If your a trainer you ride open, it shouldnt matter how old you are.


                      • #12
                        "she did come in first place"

                        so...she wanted to win more times?


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by luv2piaffe View Post
                          Ok so I was at the USDF region 2 dressage championships this weekend at it was it was the worst show I have ever been to!

                          First the weather was just terrible and I there is nothing you can do about that,

                          Second, the rings were trashed because the grounds didnt have adequate draining systems in the rings. The workers were raking the rings by hand, but they only raked the upper level championship rings they didnt do one thing with the lower level rings. My championship ring was also in the showgrounds usual parking lot right next to the road. THey also did not even have enough judges boxes to put in that ring, so instead they set up a tent and that was the judges box at E.

                          Third, a certain group of riders who won just about every class they entered were talking to the judges the whole weekend!!!! Im not just talking about a hi either, im talking about full conversations. And no it wasnt after they were done showing infront of them it was the WHOLE weekend. I was always told not to talk to the judges untill after the show was done!

                          Fourth, a certain young rider who is actually a trainer won every freaking championship class she was in. EVERY class by at least 5%. She was also there giving lessons for $75. None of the other young riders even had a chance. I saw most of her rides too, and a few especially one did not deserve the score that was given. In one instance one judge gave her a 20point difference higher then the other judge. I really think they were picking favorites at this one.

                          And Last, after my ride i was looking at my score on the computer and the judge for my class came up and asked me to click on that certain rider i was talking about and said "That was the best ride I have ever seen, I have never given so many 9's before BLAH BLAH BLAHHHH" She knew i was in that class because she asked me if I was in the class before she told me to click on that rider. I was so pissed when she said that to me!, if she had an opinion she should have kept that to herself! WHen i was leaving the office i said "yeah she should have gotten that score she is a trainer!"

                          Anyway I was just pissed about the show and ALOT of others were as well, I have never heard so many people complaining about all the same stuff i just said at a show! it was really just ridiculous!!

                          matey she no more better than you if she has to enter the same class if she a trianer worth alight she wouldnt be there


                          • #14
                            Sour grapes.


                            • #15
                              So why doesn't she show in the open division then since she's a trainer? I'm not knocking her for winning, she had the better horses it seemed.


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by luv2piaffe View Post
                                Well again she is competing against kids and students that dont ride for a living. That is her JOB, and it has been her job for a LONG time. I go to school, and when Im doing calculus she's riding horses! She should be in the open division, and I think the rules need to change. If your a trainer you ride open, it shouldnt matter how old you are.
                                Maybe one day she'll wish she was better at calculus--but more than likely, she'll continue WORKING towards becoming a top rider. Life is nothing but a series of priorities and decisions. Everybody has choices and sacrifices to make. It is certainly not easy to live the life of a professional horse person, but even people without the financial means to do so have been internationally successful through hard work and sacrifice. Most of us have to determine the balance between a "real" job (and a social life, a normal schedule, etc.) and more horse time at some point. Choose your path and go forward--don't criticize others who are already doing so.

                                As for separating the divisions between "professional" juniors and "amateur" juniors, I'll refer to an old Bruce Davidson quote about doing the same in eventing competitions "horray for you, you are the best of the worst."


                                • #17
                                  As for separating the divisions between "professional" juniors and "amateur" juniors, I'll refer to an old Bruce Davidson quote about doing the same in eventing competitions "horray for you, you are the best of the worst."
                                  OMG that is a great quote!!
                                  I have horse to sell to you. Horse good for riding. Can pull cart. Horse good size. Eats carrots and apples. Likes attention. Move head to music. No like opera! You like you buy.


                                  • #18
                                    Lamplight is a mess

                                    I can't comment on any of the political stuff but it is a wonder to me that Lamplight hosts the caliber of shows it does year after year even though the place is notorious for disastrous footing when it rains - which it does here, a lot.

                                    I'm just sick for all those folks who worked hard all year long and then had to scratch because of conditions.

                                    To the OP - congrats on qualifying, and better luck next year.
                                    Don't wrassle with a hog. You just get dirty, and the hog likes it.

                                    Collecting Thoroughbreds - tales of a re-rider and some TBs


                                    • #19
                                      I think the problem here is that she shows in pretty much every level, every year, and wins, basically in her backyard, at everything, every year. It can be very discouraging as she is quite honestly pretty unbeatable and you really don't seem to stand a chance. And come on, I think the average JR/YR are going to be a BIT more competitive then most of you all. They want to win, and lead the victory gallop and all that. So yes, I can I can see where the OP is going. I would be a bit upset as well.


                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Selleconn View Post
                                        As for separating the divisions between "professional" juniors and "amateur" juniors, I'll refer to an old Bruce Davidson quote about doing the same in eventing competitions "horray for you, you are the best of the worst."
                                        My favorite Bruce quote, by far!
                                        What would you try if you knew you would not fail?