In the latest edition of She Moved To Texas’ Hunter Princess Blog Hop, Lauren asks “Is there a way that you “break the mold” of the stereotypical hunter princess?”
While there are many physical aspects to being a hunter princess that I don’t possess, I break the mold from the inside out. When I think “hunter princess,” I not only see expensive clothes and tack aboard a six-figure warmblood, I picture her gossiping and putting down those around her. And I am none of those things, or at least, I try very hard not to be.
I can respect someone who is more fortunate than I, and can afford more expensive things. Sometimes that’s just the luck of the draw… unfortunately I was not born Jessica Springsteen. And you never know about that warmblood, maybe the rider found it in a field and worked hard to get to where they are today. But what I can’t get over is mean-spirited gossip and rude comments about others just because they don’t have what you have.
So I don’t do those things. I try very hard not to be judgmental about those around me; just because someone isn’t as good of a rider as I am or does things differently than I do doesn’t give me the right to put them down. Instead of excluding them from this sport, this passion, I want to encourage them to learn more and become more involved. No matter how incorrect or poorly ridden a round in the ring was, I always try to say something positive — whether it’s someone from my barn I ride with all the time, or it’s someone I’ve never seen before in my life.
And just because that girl isn’t wearing Tailored Sportsmen’s or a GPA doesn’t mean she’s not going to kick my ass at the show.