"When one door closes - another door opens."
Throughout most of my life I've been a competitive person, especially when it came to sport.
Coming over the winning line in 1st place, I would feel a huge sense of personal achievement.
However, that may have been the case in my running competitions, but when it came to competing with my ponies/horses I just never had the dedication needed to succeed.
My heart wasn't in it enough, my intuition was telling me that neither was my equines !!! Recently, I've had this niggling doubt about the combination of Equine Agility and competition. Seeing the looks of disappointment and sometimes embarrassment on the faces of some of the clinic competition participants, when receiving the last place rosette, was leaving me with an uncomfortable feeling, after all in my eyes they were all achievers and winners.
This feeling of doubt was beginning to creep into the judging of the On Line monthly video competitions.
Running the league tables seemed to be creating, to me, needless pressures, pressures to meet deadlines, hurried entries for the sake of staying "up there," entries of poor quality that were not a true portrayal of the equine/handler partnership, I felt this wasn't right, time for a change!
Sally Golding - Equine Agility UK