I was lucky enough to sit in on a recent BE meeting, and an important topic that was raised was poor attendance at prize givings. For instance at a certain large event, not ONE first prize winner, across all the sections, turned up for a prize-giving.
This is seriously disappointing and insulting to the Organiser, who has worked hard on this event with their team for literally MONTHS, and, just as crucially, to any Sponsors. We need to encourage more Sponsors and more money into our sport, I’m sure everyone agrees on that, and disgruntled Sponsors, who might tell their acquaintances of the rudeness of event riders, as well as ceasing their sponsorship, are not what any of us want.
Of course, sometimes real life gets in the way – if you absolutely have to leave at a certain time, and you think you’re likely to be placed, please take the time to let the Secretary know, and to appoint someone to collect your prize, if necessary. It can be a fellow rider, or the horse’s Owner, or a friend… but please, let’s try to eliminate long embarrassing pauses at Prize Givings!
Apparently one Sponsor, who had brought along a very nice prize for the 1st placed rider, who hadn’t bothered to turn up, promptly gave it to the person in 2nd place, who was present… of course, this was well within the Sponsor’s rights!
So, this is a plea to all competitors – if you are placed, particularly in the top 3, PLEASE make the effort to attend the prize giving, or at least to appoint a proxy!
Photo by kind permission of Katie Mortimore.