A short while ago I was approached by an online dressage competition organiser with an offer to be able to sponsor some of their classes.
It sounded great, plenty of promotion and exposure for the Orbitless brand, so I decided to take a look.
I viewed their classes, happy with the expectation of the bitless bridle users being included, but hold on, the bitless users have their own section, they are segregated from the regular users.
The online competition also has sections for veteran, ex racing thoroughbreds, RDA and juniors, whilst they can also compete in the other sections can bitless bridle users also compete in those sections? No they can not.
I found myself thinking that instead of offering an opportunity to be included it was paying lip service to bitless whilst recognising that there is money to made form those who struggle to find somewhere to compete, just as long as they don't want to be included in the regular classes, right!
Bitless bridle users should be allowed to compete with everyone else, it should be about inclusion, not segregation.
Whilst I would love to see more exposure of my brand, I cannot put profitability before profit, and have declined the sponsorship offer until they allow bitless bridles in the regular sections.