So I am so excited that even a Hurricane can’t bring me down now! You know the shows I have been going to this year that are like an hour away? The ones that I have to go in the scary highway for but I have made myself go to because they offer their own separate year ends?
Well I got lucky, very lucky with my Lucky. They just published their year end awards for dressage and…
Lucky and I are reserve champions in our division!!!
Totally by default! Only two of us did all the requirements!!!! I was so worried about the tons of people who were just one show away from qualifying, but clearly they are all much more mature than I am because they didn’t care they were one show away from a giant ribbon!
So now the question is…should I go to the banquet?
Normally that is not even a question, but I don’t know if I want to go to this one…
One reason is that the banquet is the weekend after Thanksgiving. I have family in town (and I reserve dragging horsey friends to these things, never family) so I would be missing out on time with them. The other reason is that these things are expensive. At about $100 a pop for myself and a guest that can add up, especially since I am having the best show year I have ever had and am qualified for year end awards from 4 separate organizations. I could just go alone, but I don’t even know if I want to go.
You see…I ended up scratching from the last two shows. The one in Sept I scratched the night before the show at like 8pm when I was still sitting at my desk at work. I thought I was being courteous by doing it the night before, but they left my name in the class. I was a little miffed to see my name with a 0 next to it when they published the class results. It should have been listed as a scratch. A 0 makes it look like I was a no show or I was eliminated. Not the biggest deal in the world, but I pride myself on my excellent reputation so I wasn’t crazy to see that.
I almost didn’t sign up for the October show because of it, but I told myself I was being ridiculous, that no one cares about that sort of thing and they probably just didn’t know how to do a scratch in the system since this was their first year as show managers. So I put my entry in. And then Gen killed my hand.
This time I e-mailed them my scratch well before the closing date. I explained that it was a medical issue and that I could get a doctors note if they needed one to refund my money. I was also trying to be upfront so I told them I was still going to try and attend the GMO Championships, but that I would not be able to do their show.
Clearly I pissed them off because I got a reply that was not so friendly. Since I could get a doctors note and it was before the closing date they tore up my entry, but I could tell they were not happy campers with me. I am a very upfront person, but showing the e-mail to others the consensus was that I should not have told them I was going to Championships. I get that, I was just trying to not be shady…all well.
So anyway, that is the last contact that I had with them. They were not mean, just very clearly annoyed. Should I go anyway? I just don’t know. But I do know that I am very, very happy with a red, yellow and white!