I have the most first world of first world problems right now… and I simply can’t get it off my mind. I try really hard not to rant or be pessimistic on this blog (or in my life in general) but I’m hoping that maybe saying this out loud will take the weight off my mind. We recently got news that the awesome local show series at the amazing, brand new facility has been sold for the 2017 season. It has a new name, new prices and a new schedule. And I’m not happy about it.
Okay, so this is less about the new name (which I don’t like, just for the record), only a little bit about new prices (because no one wants to pay MORE money), and mostly about the schedule. Before I continue though, I have a caveat. I know being a show manager is a thankless task — you simply can’t make everyone happy — and putting together a schedule is tough. So instead of bugging show management about it, I’m bitching to the great, wide internet.
I show in 2’6″ hunters and equitation classes. That’s my current skill-level and I’m looking forward to another year at this level to work on fine-tuning the details and continuing to build confidence. Last year, I was able to show in a Low Thoroughbred Hunter division, which was awesome. We typically hauled to the horse show Friday afternoon, schooled and then I showed on Saturday and Sunday. This year, the new show management team has expanded the show and changed the schedule a lot. Shows will now run Thursday through Sunday, with schooling on Wednesday. Low Thoroughbred Hunters show Thursday and Friday. Intermediate (2’6″) Adult Equitation runs on Friday. 😥 I’m a working adult amateur in a small training program. I work full-time to support my horse habit and I only get so many days of vacation; and it’s not enough to take three days off per horse show. I’m in a small program and I take care my horse myself — I don’t have any grooms — so I’m the one feeding, mucking, lunging and bathing my horse. So… I’m annoyed. There are classes I could show in on just Saturday and Sunday, but they would be much larger and more competitive… plus they’re literally the last classes of the day. Ugh.