Because I complained about a lack of pleasure (non-contesting shows) at our 4-H club last year, this year I am in charge of creating (and running) one of the new pleasure shows. On the show bill, I have all the usual classes: halter, showmanship, English and Western pleasure, horsemanship (equitation for the English peeps) and then at the end of the show, I added a class of Ranch Horse Pleasure and a reining class to be held before a barrel and pole class --I am hoping to keep attendance high by having two gaming classes at the end --and MAYBE some of the gaming kids will try reining or Ranch horse just for kicks.
Here’s the question: I strongly believe that Ranch Horse Pleasure is a good class for contest riders to consider --to encourage them to enter, I wanted to offer $100 added money cash back (largest pay out of the show) --other “open” classes have $25 or $50 added money pay back --but I wanted Ranch Horse Pleasure to STAND OUT and attract lots of riders. Being the type that puts my money where my mouth is, I offered to put up the $100 added money and have the class sponsored by my Foxglove Farm.
And I have been told NO! -I CAN do a $25 or $50 cash back for Ranch Horse Pleasure --but not $100 “because people will be really mad about it and they’ll know you are just trying to make them try a ranch horse class.”
Yes --obviously! But so what? I think if more kids tried it, they’d like it (Pattern class score based on “ranch horse” standards --no banding, no fake tails, no hoof black, no clipping necessary, jeans and shirt with sleeves and helmet --ride two handed or one, change hands if you want to, snaffle or curb or whatever --all good).
Can someone enlighten me on why I shouldn’t add $100 to the pot for a class I support? And yes I have a kid who will be in the class, and she might even win the class, but that’s because she DOES ranch horse and would like other kids to do it too --so what (again) --it’s an open class --anyone can enter . . .
It is one class out of 33 --if that makes a difference . . . am I missing something here or is the Show Committee (who put me in charge of this) being weird?