I thought I was out of the box with an American Saddlebred sport horse [Support]. Turns out, I’m nowhere near original. Saddlebreds have been and are being used in sport horse disciplines. In addition, the saddlebred world has a growing Hunter Country Pleasure (hunt seat) division at regular saddebred shows.
The kind lady who has been giving me saddleseat lessons has mentioned the possibility of my showing in a few of these Hunter Country Pleasure classes. The downside is that since I would be cantering in the hunt seat classes, I would have to move up to cantering in the Academy (lesson student) classes. The plan had been to show in the Walk-Trot section of the National Academy Championship Show in November. This means I cannot show at a canter in any class, in any show, recognized or unrecognized, all year. I’m torn. I want it all.
I want to show as much as possible, particularly in a young division with classes that might not be wall-to-wall competitors.
I want to win as much as possible, which means staying at Walk-Trot for a better chance during the year and in November. Cantering is just one more gear in which to screw up.
Usually. decisions are between sin and virtue. In this case, it’s greed in every direction.