Some Thoughts On Sportsmanship
The thoughts about sportsmanship that I will talk about today, are principles that I try to live by each day. If you get a chance, let me know what you think about these ideas.
Be considerate of your horse, and all horses, and their welfare, in and out of the show ring.
The horse always comes first!
Be respectful and show appreciation to your barn-mates, trainers, the farrier, the grooms, the barn mangers and all the other staff associated with your barn. Create a positive environment for everyone with your attitude!
Be polite and courteous to all the people you encounter and meet at horse shows, such as, the starters, trainers and riders from other barns, and their parents and families, as well as the horse show managers, course designers and all other horse show staff. Developing good relationships with the people who help you when you are horse showing can truly be a plus!.
Measure your riding accomplishments by trying to achieve your personal best. Having a positive attitude and vision of how you want to ride and compete, will help you in and out of the show ring.
Think of the greatest riders in our country, acknowledging how they compete both individually and on cooperative teams, and show a great team spirit and attitude yourself. By supporting the future development of equestrian sports in the United States, you are reaching one of the highest levels of sportmanship!
Catch up with me soon for some thoughts on course designing.
Talk to you later!