I did my first formal jog today.
Before I get to that story, it reminded me of my first CIC1*.
I thought, mistakenly, there would be a formal jog there. The only CIC1* I had seen before then had a formal jog complete with fancy clothes, cameras and an announcer saying “Presenting for the United States…….” and “Accepted!”
So when I showed up at my first 1 star, fancy clothes packed and the jog turned out to be an alley by the barn…..
with the vet working off the tail gate of a pick up truck……..I was a bit surprised.
Later I was getting ready for the dressage and I asked someone if they were going to wear a shadbelly. And they said, “No of course not, it’s a one star and THEY don’t want us to.”
I looked around and said, “Who is THEY?”
“You know, THEM, the people in charge.”
“And which people in charge is that exactly? The judges? The organizers? The ground jury? Your coach?”
“I don’t know, but that’s what I was told, THEY say you shouldn’t wear one in the one star.”
I found this unpublished restriction
disturbing fascinating so I asked around and found a dozen reasons why I should and a dozen reasons why I shouldn’t wear a shadbelly in the one star. It was a tight rope of sometimes very strong opinions on who did and did not “deserve” to wear tails.
Here’s the thing.
The rules say you can wear a shadbelly at an FEI event.
I don’t understand why there are so many judgements and “hidden rules” about something that should be so simple.
What did BadEventer do?
She wore her shadbelly.