As some of you may know, I am half Chinese. This is a big part of the reason I never got to ride as a kid — far too expensive, you know. Plus, I was not supposed to be busy with athletic exploits. I was supposed to be busy getting As in everything and staring at books, and I was actually busy going to weekend math clubs, entering optional science competitions, studying for standardized tests, and writing essays at the whim of my mother. Yeah, it’s absolutely as wonderful as it sounds. Interestingly, I’ve managed to gather quite the coterie of Asian riders — in fact, we make up at least 50% of the Asian representation of any show I’ve gone to. Some might even call us a gang.
We make a lot of jokes about how our Asian upbringing has affected our riding, and we all agree that the perfectionism insisted upon by our Asian (and sometimes also by the non-Asian) parent gives us a warped perception of what our horses should be capable of. I mean, come on, Murray — do you think Valegro ever threw tantrums about CANTERING? And he didn’t even grow up on the track!
So when my RBF was looking at pictures of herself at a dressage schooling show last year and realised she had EPIC ASIAN MOMMY FACE going on, she just had to do something about it. Something funny, that is.
While they might be horse-centric, these are legitimately things that our Asian mommies could have said. And probably would have said, if they supported our horse riding. Of course, Peony and I had to try our hand at this.
Absolutely all credit for this has to go to my RBF, so you should thank her for your Friday Funny.