I am in favor of leveling and rookie classes to give less experienced competitors and those who don't have "world class" quality horses a place to show and be competitive. Here in the Southwest, we never see rookie classes offered except for the Level 1 Championships in Las Vegas. We see Level 1 Classes offered at most shows in the "core" rail and pattern classes. Show managers need to start offering the rookie classes ...more »
Can you please publish an article addressing the subject of filling classes at horse shows so that new members can gain better understanding?
With those class numbers increasing, it would be nice if AQHA would add those walk/trot Level 1 classes to the championship shows. Since entries have fallen and there are 3 locations making long shows days a non issue any more. This could encourage more participation at the Level 1 Championship shows and a stepping stone in towards the walk/trot/lope classes at those very shows, as well.
With all the new products and feeds on the market these days horses are living longer healthier lives. AQHA should honor these horses and their owners. I would suggest a contest or do an article on the oldest registered still living horse and find out the secrete to their longevity. Possibly offer as a prize a years supply of the supplements and feed that led to the graceful aging of that particular horse.
Wanting go see if there' any way to stop my Amateur entry from being turned in as Amateur Select. I do not enter the Select class & highlight on the entry form NO SELECT, but because of my birthdate, my class results are being submitted to AQHA as Select. I've been told there's nothing I could do to request a correction because results are signed & submitted. Missing year end opportunities because points are not being ...more »
I am really excited to see AQHA has finally provided a stepping stone to introduce new horses and riders to the over fences classes. With the new proposed Rookie division for 2018 with fences at 2' set on 11 ft canter stride distances more new riders and horses will be able to get started safely and have fun. Under the current system, fences heights are a minimum of 2'6" and are set on 12 ft distances. These heights ...more »
When sending a previous owner transfer papers to sign, they can say that they sold the horse grade so that they do not have to transfer the horse. The papers should go with the horse. That is not fair to the horse or the new owner that they cannot have paper that are rightfully theirs. This is all so that breeders don't have their name tied to a horse. If the option was taken away then breeders would be more selective ...more »
Make a mobile app for the horseback riding progeam rather than logging into the AQHA site. You could then add an option to store or add hours to your log when you get back into wifi or 4g range. Alot of trail riders already use map programs linked to their phones/mobile devices on the trail, this would just add to their trail fun at tbe end of the ride.
The current AQHA Dressage program makes participation very difficult. My state does not currently offer any AQHA approved dressage shows. Each USDF/USEF licensed dressage show must apply for approval with AQHA with a $50 charge per show. Additionally, while not currently enforced, the show secretary must be a member of AQHA. Our state dressage shows are pretty large but I'm still usually the only one showing a quarter ...more »
I'd love to pursue a judge's card, but after looking at the application I feel like there is no way I would have a shot. I don't have a show horse and I do not breed horses. I do coach youth horse judging though and have been doing so for about 10 years. I've had very successful teams at the local and National levels - including the high individual in the performance division, along with other team awards at The Congress ...more »
I would love it if we could have an alternative competition program, like APHA's PAC program. This allows horses to earn alternative competition points when they are shown in smaller shows and shows that are not AQHA breed shows. Schooling shows, playdays, state shows, barrel racing and gymkhana shows, parades, 4-H shows, team pennings, ropings, horse trials, and other activities that fall outside the category of AQHA ...more »
I think it would be advantageous to both AQHA and their members if they made it so members could pay any owing balances online. It would be a lot easier to log onto our AQHA accounts and pay instead of calling or mailing payment.