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 »
Create an app that allows you to enter a class (like Rookie Trail), a zip code and a date range. Display horse shows offering that class within a 200 mile radius. A bonus would be to show the numbers if the show offered that class last year.
You know how you can do a hotel search and select the "map" option, so you can look at the hotels geographically? Could AQHA take the same idea and revamp that "Find A Trainer" link? It would be awesome to pull up a map and see dots where all the trainers are located, hover over the dot and the trainer's contact information pops up. This need became apparent when I moved to another part of the country. I know the surrounding ...more »
Have vets when doing urine/blood testing also do a,tail test. I have seen WAY to many horses with crooked or unusable tails due to nerve blocking too many times or completely cutting the nerves. It is supposed to be illegal, but almost every trainer I know does it and says you have to to be,competitive. Some of the trainers are AQHA judges as well!
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 »
I recently browsed thru the Year End Awards lists, only to find 4 times the number of award lists (Nov, Lev 1,2,3 in each category of rider) and yet no overall year end placings in the rider category. So I'm guessing we have just quadrupled the Honor Roll. I feel this waters down the "honor" of being on the Honor Roll. At the same time, because there is no overall award for each, its nearly impossible to see how everyone ...more »
AQHA has spent so much time and money trying to figure out how to encourage more people to show. Cheaper entries and more all inclusive fees would allow more people to go to more shows. 15$ per judge per class is ridiculous and unaffordable. AQHA should be helping our show managers promote the industry by helping meet some of the costs associated with building rentals and judges and at the very least have some type ...more »
I had a chance to enroll my horse in the Incentive fund program. I did not know she was eligible as a foal to be enrolled in this program. AQHA sadly informed me that I was not able to pay the enrollment for her as an older horse. I believe if the stallion was nominated the year the foal was conceived the foal should be eligible for its lifetime to be enrolled.
Please bring back the Novice Amateur Pleasure driving! This class helps those of us (and our horses) that are newer to pleasure driving have a chance!
I think that AQHA needs a youth social media coordinator. This person would try to encourage more youth the join AQHA and become more involved. They would help manage the AQHA youth Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, and Twitter pages. As a participant in the 2013 AQHA Young Horse Development Program, I was able to reach out to other youth about the program by creating a Facebook page, "Megan D'Andrea and Willow 2013 AQHA ...more »