Well, that's it, that's all folks....
So what if the run isn't actually clean? What if you get a lower score than you expected? What if all three cows you choose run you wall to wall and you aren't able to really show your horses ability? What if your horse has a mis-step, a bobble, a slip, and it costs them? What if your horse misses the cow? What if, those damn cows, run you over? What if you walk out of the herd before time has expired? What if your horse quits, or runs off, and that's the first time it's ever happened?
Finally, just like the judges not knowing the score on your horses, they don't know the score on the riders either. They don't know that she took twenty years off from cutting, and is just getting back to the sport she used to love so much. They don't know this is her first age event ever. They don't know his wife died, and she was the central part of their operation, and this is his first show back. They don't know how hard you've worked for it, until your hands have become so callused from bridle reins, and your mind constantly replays your runs. They don't know this is the only three year old in your barn that made it.
They don't know the heart break, the heart ache or the heart you have.
So, just like how your horses don't know the score, maybe you don't always need to know the score either. All you can do is show your horse, that's all you get, is two minutes and thirty seconds, and in that time frame, anything can happen. It can be your fault, it can be your horses fault, maybe it's your helps fault, and maybe.. it's nobodies fault.. it just is. Sometimes run come together, and you watch someone and you say, "I have never in my life seen that horse work so good". Other times you say, "That's a truly great horse, and that was an absolutely terrible run." In a sickly comforting way to those of us that didn't have the show, the series or the year we wanted, these types of things happen all the time.
So, to conclude the 2016 show season, congratulate yourselves, your horses, your help, and everyone that was involved in your "team" this year. No matter the score, the highs and the lows, you were out there, and you deserved to be, so did your ponies. Give them some extra love, they worked for it.