a reply to: DictionaryOfExcuses
No, I think Nyiah said it best. (see my response above). The horses should be the ones getting the credit, not their elite baggage. Yes, Sellout
Springsteen does strike nerve with me, I will readily admit this. However, all the news media seemed to think her last name and lineage was important
enough to single her out and slap her all over the headlines. She certainly didn't object and credit her teammates instead. This same thing would be
true for all the other elites who compete in these same competitions, except for the fact they never get any mention at all in the media because their
daddy ain't named Springsteen.
I'd be willing to bet that whenever this gal is subjected to any criticism at all her first response is..."Do you realize who I am????"
Admittedly pure speculation on my part, but I do know a little about the sport, and the participants. I've gone to watch many of their shows while at
the National Western Stock Show which we attend every year as breeders and association members.
The people in the arenas attending these events aren't wearing sweat stained cowboy hats, frayed Wrangler jeans and scuffed up cowhide boots. On the
contrary, they're sporting $4,000 custom lizard skin boots, Armani suits, Gucci handbags and 1000X custom beaver hats (if a cowboy hat at all).
They're the type who scrunch up their noses at guys like me who come in from the stockyards, still kickin' the cowsh## off our boots. My wife always
loves to drag me in there just for the entertainment value as much as she likes the shows themselves (she's from REALLY BIG money horse country
(Maryland) where the breed stock for the Preakness, Belmont and Kentucky Derby horses are). No, I was born at night, but I wasn't born last night.
I see right through that crap.
Do I have an axe to grind? Yep. Against her? Yep. Against her daddy? Absolutely. Against the media? Yep. Against the elites? You bet your
socks I do! Against the sport in general? Meh. Against the real
competitors, the horses? NOT ON YOUR LIFE! They're the real stars of the
That's my story, and I'm stickin' to it. Sorry.
ETA - Want to know the one thing I really respect about the sport? The horses get some of the finest treatment any horse will ever get. I love
horses. So, I'm good with that.
edit on 8/8/2021 by Flyingclaydisk because: (no reason given)