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 »
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 »
It would be great if AQHA could add a web page with all of the state and regional quarter horse associations information including the various association websites. This would really help the volunteer run associations their information out. Also, what about once a year having a page or two of photos from state/regional association award banquets showing off what kinds of prizes are given out. This would also encourage ...more »
Most members of the general public don't know about AQHA shows, and i think AQHA should do press releases to local television stations inviting the general public to come have a fun day at an AQHA show: watching us show, asking questions, pet horses, and possibly have a free lunch on aqha. Seems like many organizations do this and that might help generate interest in AQHA showing and in horses in general.
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'.
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...)
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 »
We are new to horse shows. We'd like to get involved but it's tough to learn it all. What about a class for new members where they walk through the patterns etc and hear from a judge what they look for?
I know this will not be popular in some circles, but I think if we could eliminate or limit bling in the outfit of western competition, we would increase participation many-fold. I have heard many highly skilled exhibitors say they are opting out of showing due to cost and in particular many folks who say they do not feel comfortable showing at the big shows without a $5,000-10,000 outfit. Whether or not its an accurate ...more »
It would be great if AQHA would have professional horseman available at the Novice Championships to help exhibitors showing without trainers. A day fee could be charged.
I would urge the task force that is examining the idea of raising the Select age to 62 not to make this mistake. The idea that this will increase the size of the amateur classes is untrue. We could already ride the amateur division if we wanted to. Clearly most of us don't. If you raise the age limit, many of us will choose not to show anymore. The loss of amateurs was due to the disastrous idea of the novice roll ...more »