It was there that I saw something I never expected to see: a purebred Clydesdale showing in the hunter ring at a big A show.
From the moment he stepped into the warm up ring, that Clydesdale was an instant celebrity. He was the talk of the show. Everyone came out to see him. Everyone wanted to ride him.
Of course, he didn't win a single ribbon.
That's the thing. As cool as that Clydesdale was, he just wasn't an A show hunter. He didn't look like one, he didn't move like one and he didn't jump like one.
The model horse world is a lot more accepting of "off" breeds than the hunter world. Still, I can't help but think that I am handicapping myself by choosing a galloping Clydesdale as my main performance horse at Springamathing. Fortunately, I'm not in it for the prizes. I really love this horse, and I think he looks awesome in tack. I want to show him just for the sheer fun of showing him.
I bet that's how the owner of the Clydesdale at Brownland felt, too.