In today's world where you can verify ownership online it is no longer necessary to require the original registration certificate to be presented in the horse show office. Remove this antiquated rule, please.
I own a few broodmares and I try to keep track of the foals I have raised. In doing so, I typically choose names for my foals that are easy for me to identify. However, AQHA makes it too easy for people to change a horse's name. I accidentally missed a homebred going through a sale because his name had been changed to something that I would never have chosen. I think the breeder should have the right to say whether or... more »
AQHA has got to start doing something regarding the cruelty being dealt out to our beautiful horses from the horribly abusive trainers, especially the repeat ones that just continually do it, year after year after year. You just can't continue to suspend them for one year, fine them, then allow them back in. If the executive committee doesn't know this, AQHA has become the laughingstock of the horse show WORLD!!! WE are... more »
Qualifying for the novice champsionship is a big deal and it should show on the horses record just like qualifying for the world show. I know novice is on the rider, but if it wasn't for my horse, I wouldn't qualify. Being on his show record makes him more marketable to a novice rider.
Stop charging for watching the live stream of the World Show. Neither Congress or the Select Show charge (or they didn't in 2013). Being able to watch the World show is beneficial on many levels, as publicity for the breed, and as a learning tool. At the least provide it for free to members (it is our breed championship show).
Currently at shows only select classes count towards the select all around award except halter, jumping and team penning as select is not an option in those events. I think if a class is only offered at a particular as an Amateur class it should also count if shown by a Select exhibitor. Example: if the show does not offer Select Western Riding, a Select exhibitors placing in Amateur Western Riding should count toward... more »
AQHA was forced to allow Paints in as a Quarter Horse. I still don't like it, but think about this: How about for those Paints that are half Quarter Horses, and are solid or are genetically NOT carrying the Tobiano gene (one parent is registered AQHA). Why not allow them to be Appendix Quarter Horses. This is a no-brainer for geldings... there are a LOT of Solid Bred Paints out there right now that are 100% QH, there... more »
Consider recognizing select exhibitors ranking separately in the Journal and web site. Currently, the award or ranking shows up on the horse's record after the end of the year but nowhere else during the year. It would be fun to track throughout the year. Many times a select exhibitor receives a national high point award and is not even aware until it shows up on the horse's record.
I already know that this one is going to be a powder-keg of negativity and disagreement on this issue, but it needs to be said and added here. Helmets. I really don't need to go into gory, scientific statistics, studies and reports on how they can save your life, your head etc. I don't need to site the number of deaths that occur in riding and horse-related accidents where people were not wearing helmets. I don't need... more »
Children under 16 years of age and without a license in their home state should not be allowed to drive a golf cart at shows. I had one child hit me with a golf cart, I was ok just bruised my legs..
If you want more youth members in a state say like South Dakota the association is going to have to be more innovative rather than adding more classes. Issue short season of kids out of school and so much on that youth who rodeo, ranch or do other events rather than AQHA show cannot afford or find time to attend the AQHA shows when they clash with other Main State Events. There needs to be some "Co affiliation" Ie A... more »
Has this been cut back? I rarely see the drug testers at the shows we attend.
In the past, AQHA shows had dinners, dancing and other events. They made the show fun and you forgot about how much money you were spending to be there. It was a chance to network and get to know your competitors. I really miss the fun!
It would be helpful if judges were allowed to give participants feedback before, during and after the class. Now the culture is you should not speak to the judge. However, it would be nice to know what improvements can be made.
The idea is to encourage owners not to run 2 year olds who are not mature enough to compete safely in futurities. The futurity purses push us all to go for the money but some babies are simply not ready. Recent efforts to increase derby purses help but this could be another incentive to do the right thing. To be clear the Challenge should be for non starters only.