I continue to read the QHJ and with interest read how AQHA has instructed judges to NOT place horses with a slow lope and rolling the peanut. But yet.....YOU CONTINUE to do so and without reprimand of the judges who do. You need to cease this once and for all and enforce the rule! Start monitoring your judges and clean house.
A LOT of exhibitors renew online (or when telephone solicitors were used) and when they come to enter their card is only an open membership and they must purchase the upgrade to amateur, amateur novice or youth novice (if qualified). This should be corrected so the applicant gets the appropriate membership.
Do we need to go extreme in every class? The Reiners have their sliding stops, their spins…their running backs…their collection. The Western Pleasure people have their collection…their slow lopes…their headsets and etc….and that is not meant to be critical…it’s just what it is. What I love about Ranch Horse Pleasure is that it is natural. It’s no doubt the main reason why people have started showing again and the class ...more »
I would like to suggest that AQHA consider offering more advantages to being (and incentives for becoming) a Lifetime member. For instance, as a long time Lifetime member I would really appreciate receiving unlimited access to AQHA records from the AQHA website. This would cost our Association nothing and would probably grow our Lifetime memberships. Most AQHA "Life-ers" are strong, committed members who show, breed, ...more »
AQHA needs to allow genetic testing data from certified labs, in addition to UC-Davis. There is no reason data from other labs should not be considered valid.
I think that members should be able to view their OWN horse's records online without having to use the monthly $10 that comes with membership. What other business or organization charges you to access your accounts? If you want detailed records on your own horses you could easily use up the $10 and have to pay more.
Please make a pdf available with the handbook all in one download. I could always just search and my subject would scan the entire handbook for the information I was seeking. Now I have to do section, section, section. Hate it. Too time consuming for me. It would be ok to leave the sections for those who like them; but make it available as one pdf for those of us who download it to our computer. Thank you for your consideration ...more »
No individual on the Executive Committee or the most powerful committee, the Stud Book & Registration Committee, should be allowed to vote on rule changes that directly affect them financially. Also, there should not be several individuals involved in a portion of the industry (i.e.) racing on the Stud Book & Registration Committee.
I recently attended the Adequan Select World Show and was fortunate to win a Reserve Champion Title and I am very grateful for my award. I always loved the Rosette Ribbons, and was a bit disappointed to not receive one this year. The medallion in a box is a nice, easy to display award in a trophy case, and I can understand that for trainers and owners of multiple horses, these would be much more practical, however, for ...more »
Most will agree that we need to find a way to expand the number of people and horses showing at AQHA shows in order to improve the equine market. Currently less than 2% of AQHA members are participating in the current show system because only the very best horses and riders can achieve success and feel competitive. The following suggestion would bridge the gap for riders and horses. There is a place for every horse ...more »
I think there needs to be a way to rate judges online after each show. This would give show managers a better idea of what judges to hire. It would also help competitors choose which shows to attend. Lastly, it would help keep the judges accoountable for their placings.
AQHA's attempts at leveling, while honorable, have not produced the desired result and there are still lots of complaints being aired on online forums, at horse shows, and in general conversations with other AQHA enthusiasts. For example, the rules for Rookie don't allow a horse with over 10 points to be shown in that division. That makes zero sense --a rookie rider SHOULD be on a seasoned show horse! Rookie is the only ...more »