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 »
Has AQHA ever considered partnering with the Thoroughbred Incentive Program (TIP) for their hunter classes and such? With as many TB mares that go on to produce quality Appendix foals out there, it would seem to me that AQHA would want to get on board with making the TB a featured breed right alongside the QH. It would help to offer more recognition of the TB mares that went on to do well in the TIP Program and then for ...more »
Since the rule change regarding 2 versus 3 categories to qualify for the Farnam All Around and Super Horse, this year there are only 12 Amateurs vying for $25K and 24 in the Super horse competition. Last year, there were 60 Amateurs in the all around competition. Does this 80% drop in contenders indicate that the QH has become a more specialized breed or that the World Show represents the best competitors and to be ...more »
Still waiting for corrected World Show entries since the worng level is on what was received. Notified of the error and insured that replacements would be sent and after two weeks, no entries. When will AQHA move into the year 2015 and allow on line entries AND fix the incompetence in their system that allows a mistake? Last year, the entries NEVER arrived even though AQHA staff assured us that they were in the mail ...more »
The recently published tentative schedule for ranch riding (including junior, senior and amateur) requires anyone that wants to exhibit in all three of these classes to be at the show for nearly two weeks. That is not possible for those of us amateurs who work outside the horse industry. Please try to shorten this timing prior to finalizing the schedule. One week instead of two would be very much appreciated. Otherwise, ...more »
I thought AQHA was focusing on the welfare of the horse yet the WS schedule for the fence classes doesn't give the horse a day off in the 7 showing days if both open and Amateur events are entered?? I don't know how this is good for exhibits or the horses. Before the exhibitors start to book flights, AQHA should consider re-examining the schedule and go back to the way fence classes were done in past years as the ...more »
Bridleless western pleasure and Disciplined rail should be added to horse shows. These two classes show real difficulty and are fun classes.
Currently only state affiliates can offer All Novice Shows. I believe these shows would be a perfect fit for 4-H groups to host. Even other show sponsors could offer All Novice Shows. By allowing others to sponsor the Novice Shows they would be available in various parts of a state thus reducing the cost to exhibitor in travel. Much more attractive to parents!
I would like to propose that AQHA sponsored shows hold an entry deadline and still allow add-ons on the days of the shows. This would help show management know how popular a class actually is with knowledge of the people planning to compete, instead of the interest shown by encouragement from competitors to fill the class to get more points. I believe this would better help to establish future show bills. We all dislike ...more »
Limit the number of times that any show management company, or shows managed by those companies, can book individual judges in a rolling 12 month period. When any one management company controls a vast number of show numbers per year, that company holds great power and influence over the individual judges. If a judge doesn't take the manager's 'hint' about who their favorite client or exhibitor in the pen is, that judge ...more »
I'm tired of the 'bling' and fashion follies in the show ring. The shows are supposed to be about the horse. Let's go back to the days where the handler/rider just needed jeans/long sleeve shirt, or simple western suit jacket. How do fancy clothing or bling'd out halters & saddle pads increase what the horse is/does? If the horse isn't good enough to be in the show ring the fancy accoutrements should not be used to ...more »