Well… to wrap up this post I must share the rather funny ending.
Went to the show .
This is my mares first time ever being shown so we entered the western classes too, simply for arena time. And the western classes run before the English (Western-lunch-English). Now I really don’t ride or school western …. I have a western saddle and can “fake” my way around the ring at best. Literally just doing it for exposure.
Rode all the western classes …. Only 5-6 entries in each but somehow managed to pull off a 3rd, three 2nds and a 1st… against actual western people haha.
Then trail class came which is a trail class/handy horse combo - so can be ridden in either western or English but is the same course and judged as one. FINALLY changed into my rather lovely English attire and rode the trail class - in my dark navy blue schooling gloves which didn’t stand out too much surprisingly (the multiple holes are on the palm side so can’t be seen easily lol).
Managed to WIN the class! Based solely on our performance at the gate I assume - I’m 185lbs - way too fat to dismount at gates so my horses literally learn to work gates before they even learn to canter hahaha . It’s not training - it’s convenience based. My little mare is like an auto gate machine , you open it she does the rest in perfect form.
Anyways … now it’s time for English classes . I’m busy stressing about my gloves .
NO. ONE. SHOWS. UP.
Not one rider except me.
It was ALL western riders that came out.
Thanked the judge but declined riding alone.
Went home .
Chuckled about my glove stress over a beer …. After all that worry …. Didn’t even need them !