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 there should be an age group for halter horses that are over 10 yrs old. It's difficult for the older horses to compete with the younger ones and this may help eliminate so many aged horses ending up with no show career in halter after they are getting older. The aged horses also are more settled and provide safer options for exhibitors that have trouble handling young ones. I suggest an age group change as follows..... more »
I would like to see a change in qualifying for select world which would allow more Select Amateur riders to consider the trip to Select World. Many riders qualify under the current system in only 1 class - it is just too far and expensive to travel to a show for just one class. I like the Level 1 system - if you qualify in one class, you have the option to enter any classes you want when you go to the show. I believe... more »
I'd like to see class winners at the Level 1 Championship receive an automatic invite to the Level 2 championships at the World Show. (Rookie being the exception.) No need to qualify. Just an automatic invite if you win your class. I think this would be a nice perk and maybe entice more people to show at the Level 1 Championships.
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??
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
I would like to see a Super Select division. As a 70 year old I would still like to compete but know I can't ride like I did when I was 50 - or even 65. The opportunity to compete on a reasonable level might keep more members involved.
Hello, I would like to put this idea out there as I am a Ranch Riding enthusiast. However, I am very limited in what I can show at AQHA "pleasure" shows in my area. We do have a show that offers an Non AQHA Open Ranch Rail class which I thoroughly enjoy. Anyway, with that being said I was extremely excited that all AQHA approved shows could offer the individual VRH classes. But that was short lived because there are... more »
Rule changes should be effective Jan. 1 or the first day of the appropriate show season unless designated an emergency priority by the executive committee. AQHA should prepare email blasts regarding all rule changes, and they should be available to all members who wish to be notified.
AQHA should post scores sheets from each show along with the score sheets. Since show managers must send in these scores anyway, I don't see why this wouldn't be an easy thing to do. When the show is posted with official results, just have a PDF form with all score sheets from every class, organized by class and then by judge. This way, you always know what you got, even if they were posted in the show office by the time... more »
The Over Fences classes for Hunters are almost never offered at AQHA shows due to the expense of renting jumps and having a course designer. This makes it almost impossible to find shows to compete in to get qualifying points. Can AQHA find a way to use USEF Hunter Jumper Show results to qualify. They use USEF Dressage points now for the AQHA Dressage division, so perhaps they could set up something similar for the... more »
A Rookie (horse/rider combo) should be automatically eligible to ALSO show in LEVEL 1 classes at a Novice Championship thus NOT requiring a ROOKIE to nationally or regionally qualify or to get an affiliate "slot". A Rookie can be allowed to cross enter without meeting the qualification requirements of a non-rookie. A ROOKIE is a beginner TEAM (horse and rider). If they want to show UP to the next level we should applaud... more »