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Horse Showing

REQUIRE A PERFORMANCE CLASS TO BE ABLE TO SHOW P. HALTER

I think that horses that show in a performance halter class should be required to show a performance riding class at that same show. The performance halter classes seem to be full of horses that were shown just long enough to get an ROM and then bulked up to be a halter horse. If the horse fails to show a performance class then they should be DQ'd from the halter class.

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Achievement Awards

The AQHA should create an achievement award for a horse/rider combination that have earned 100 or more points in a single performance discipline. Other than year end awards, there is no incentive for horse/rider combinations to show in one discipline to keep showing after they earned a Superior (Event) Horse award.

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World show qualifying

Please add the link to find out how many points one currently on a particular horse has for qualifying for an upcoming world show, on the world show information page (that already has a link to the list of # of points). I'm not sure where that link is anymore on the new website. Its not on 'shows' or 'records'.

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Horse Showing

Novice Performance Points should count for Performance Halter

When qualifying for the World Championship in Performance Halter Classes it is just as hard for novices to acquire 10 points as it is for any rider. Some horses are strictly shown by novices, if they are good enough to gain under saddle points in those classes, isn't it proof enough the horse is a performance horse??

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Horse Showing

Make score sheets meaningful for exhibitors

The check +/- system for scoring horsemanship, showmanship and equitation is not really very useful for judges or exhibitors, as it doesn't correlate to a score like trail or western riding. You can get similar marks from two different judges and have scores that vary from 73 to 93. One judge recently was telling me how difficult it was for them to use the system and to "not bother looking at the score sheets" as they ...more »

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Horse Showing

New web design for show results needs help

The redesign of the web for finding show results is incredibly labor intensive and take a lot more time to find show results. Please find a way to make it so you don't have to click 10+ things to find a single show. (Year, then country, then state, then city, then show, then amateur, etc...)

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Horse Showing

Appendix Advancement

I think there should be some changes to the appendix advancement rules. I have a good stallion by Zips Chocolate Chip out of a Skys Blue Boy daughter. The mare was appendix and died before I could get her ROM and advance her. The stallion was injured as a yearling and can't show but is producing very well. He'll never have the opportunity for advancement and I am missing out on being able to breed to good appendix ...more »

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Story Ideas

Nutrition is the key

I would like to see more articles about the art and science of nutrition in our AQHA journal. Like the articles on reproduction and emergency medicine, or general veterinary procedures. Just put articles about nutrition authored by veterinarians and equine nutritionists in the magazine. You could add articles in extra space and you wouldn't have to cut any other articles out to print articles about nutrition. I love ...more »

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Horse Showing

Mounted Archery

Hi! I am Elizabeth Tinnan with the Chattahoochee Horse Archers, Inc. in Northwest Georgia. We are a National Horse Archery Association affiliated club. The American Quarter Horse is perfect for our sport because of their versatility, demeanor and athletic ability. People all over the world are using AQHA horses. We would love for AQHA to recognize Mounted Archery with points or awards. There are teams, clubs and schools ...more »

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AQHA Membership

Email vs. Snail Mail

It takes 3 weeks to get a letter from me to AQHA and visa versa. It would make doing paperwork of any kind (with the exception of DNA kits, original certificates...) more cost effective for both parties, as well as more time efficient. I love the new online options for registering foal, submitting breeding reports, etc. Can we please add email to address questions or concerns with pending paperwork quicker? (One question/concern ...more »

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Rule breakers

Why is it when someone is breaking the rules it's so hard to get AQHA to do do anything? Turning someone in for accepting cash money for training yet showing youth seems to go no where. Even when you have multi letters sent sent in and signed by those who paid. But because it's cash taqha says they need a check as proof. I think written letters should be enough. Who is in charge ?? Everyone could just take cash and continue ...more »

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AQHA Membership

Picture Added to Information When Looking Up Horse

When you search for a registered name and the different information pops up about the horse, it would be nice if a picture section was also on that list. One picture would be great, a few would be awesome. Two possible thoughts on how to do it: When I registered my girl I had sent in several pictures with the paperwork, AQHA could add those to the picture section. Or owners can submit their own pictures. The reasoning ...more »

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AQHA Membership

Search Tattoo Numbers

My idea is similar to how we can search for registered names, but instead be able to search for tattoos. You would put in the tattoo and the registered name and the other information that pops up with you search a registered name would pop up. I'm a member of several 'do you know this horse' groups and it would be much easier to search a tattoo number as I can search a name for information instead of calling into AQHA. ...more »

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Why small shows are dying out

I recommend AQHA limit the number of circuits in each state to encourage exhibitors to attend weekend shows. I realize many exhibitors love the circuits. Trainers only have to set up once. But these are killing the small shows. Looking at AQHA shows in Indiana and Kentucky I noticed something sad. Adding all the shows March through July Indiana has 27 AQHA shows. Of these all but 3 were split combined, many are circuits. ...more »

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Level the field Gelding Halter class versus Mare Halter class

For those competitors going for all around awards, the size of the gelding performance halter horse class is always at least twice if not three times as big as the mare performance halter class. This give those with geldings an unfair advantage over those showing mares. All other classes we show in are together and we have the same chance. What is better to have, a good show mare that can later be bred or ?? We should ...more »

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Deceased Horses

Why do original certificates of deceased horses have to be sent to AQHA for cancellation? If the international affiliates had the authorization to stamp the certificates "deceased" AQHA would save a huge amount of money on postage and manpower.

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Horse Showing

Overuse of Ranch Riding Pattern #3

I know that this does not specifically fall on the shoulders of the AQHA and more so on the show organizers/judges but the overuse of Ranch Riding Pattern #3 is becoming ridiculous. Every show is using this pattern, examples can be provided via the AQHA Ranch Riding Group on Facebook. I am sure that it is chosen because there are no ground poles to set up and fix as well as it being the quickest pattern to get through. ...more »

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Horse Showing

CEECOACH. Bluetooth technology

I do hope that AQHA bans the use of CEECOACH Bluetooth connections between trainer and exhibitor in the show ring!!! I know technology is advancing at amazing speed. But I find use in this manner to be HIGHLY unfair! I realize that trainers all coach from the sidelines using all sorts of tactics. But to have a coach in direct, constant communication with an exhibitor in the show ring is going too far! No CEECOACH in ...more »

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Horse Showing

AQHA Leaders List

Why are the Select Amateur riders listed under the Amateur Leaders AND the Select Amateur lists? I think that the only way a select rider should be listed in the Amateur Leaders List is if they show in the Amateur class, most of the Select riders listed only show in the Select classes and have never competed in the regular Amateur class. They should not get 2 chances for awards for only showing in one division.

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Horse Showing

Pick-Up Horse of the Year Award

I think it that AQHA should partner with PRCA to create an award for PRCA Pick-Up Horse of the Year. Of course, not all pick-up horses are AQHA, however a majority of them are registered Quarter Horses. The pick-up horse, much like the cowboy riding it, does not get appreciated enough. They have to be catty and fast like a barrel horse, and they must watchy like a steer wrestling horse. They need to be able to rope, carry ...more »

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AQHA Membership

Create a 1/2 AQHA registry

I would love it if AQHA started a 1/2 AQHA registry similar to the 1/2 Arab registry. I feel this would increase our member base and increase revenue for AQHA through registration, show and member fees, not to mention help maintain records for these horses

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AQHA Membership

SEE HORSES OWNED

APHA has a nice feature. When you log into your member services it can show you all the horses that are currently registered in your name. I think this is a great feature and allows me to know when I sale a horse if the new owner has put the horse in their name or if the horse is still in my name. After some time if I notice the horse is still in my name I will call them and ask them why they have not transferred the ...more »

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