Anyways, the reason this is even part of my post is that the response to my question was "yes there is room, but you need to be a competitive rider to board here." I guess you had to be there, but the rudeness and emphasis on 'competitive' left no doubt that it isn't just a matter of wanting to attend shows, it's a matter of actually being competitive at said shows and bringing home some recognition for the barn. And I obviously don't make that cut. Ouch. Cut from the team without even trying out! :) Cue embarassing and awkward moment...seriously, it was a scene out of a really bad horse movie. Here I thought it was all terrible script writing, but it really does happen. Moondance Alexander, I take my bad review back! Your story really is at least partly true and inspirational. I feel your pain! I did get the giggles on the drive home, planning how I'd steal Checkers and hide her in my backyard for the summer then come out and win at the big show in the fall (which coincidentally is at the same place as the one in Moondance Alexander - freaky, hey? ;)
Honestly though, if I wouldn't fit in it's better to know that ahead of time. There are a lot of barns with around here with a similar outlook, so I'm left wondering where all the serious adults ride who want to advance and compete but aren't necessarily talented enough/don't have the horsepower/are too busy with other things to be super competitive at this point in time, if ever. Since we're likely talking about the majority of the riders in the working adult population, I know there are a lot more like me out there riding somewhere! If you've already got a great trainer who supports your goals, go hug him or her now. As for me, I'll be the kid who wants it bad, but is hanging out on the bench (for now). Anyone got Don Johnson's number? ;)
ETA: Oh boy, just was re-reading the synopsis for the movie and noticed Moondance's horse in the movie is named Checkers as well. Too funny....