Hey all. I’m reporting in from the Jubilee Morgan Horse show this evening. I got in just in time to catch today’s evening session and the Weanling Gala. I look forward to this event every time I get a chance to watch it. And I gotta be honest, every time I walk away just a bit disenchanted. I’m curious what the general Morgan community thinks of the gala? What’s your opinion? Do you even think about it if you don’t come to Jubilee or NE? Or if you don’t do any breeding?
Don’t get me wrong, the babies are cute and all. But this is really a big dollar event. I believe it added up to over $50K in prize money being awarded (I’m not sure if that included the numerous prizes of blankets, advertising, gift certificates, etc). Is this a good way to spend money within the breed? Particularly with the economy being what it is?
What is the purpose of the gala anyway? If it’s just to have a little fun that’s fine. But that’s a lot of dollar signs revolving around a little fun. It certainly shouldn’t be an indicator of which horses in our breed are good producers or a barometer of which youngsters will grow up to be something. There’s simply no way to tell at that age. I’d be curious how many of those that have come out on top in the Gala over the years (even top 5) have gone on to have meaningful careers as adults?
Am I just being too cynical?