I am proposing a class for people who do not uses professional trainers to prepare their horses for shows. There are a lot of divisions and even types of shows to level the playing field for AQHA members, but all current efforts favor people with professional trainers. When you calculate the yearly income required to employ a trainer it economically excludes 98% of AQHA members from showing. There are still other... more »
During the 2015 AQHA Convention, the Show Committee recommended initiation of a ranch horse trail class for the third year in a row and the initiation of a ranch rail pleasure class for the second year in a row. Both recommendations were passed as part of the committee reports during the closing membership business meeting. The stipulation was made that neither class would be implemented until 2017. The rationale for... more »
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).
I dont not understand the purpose of the novice. I thought it was to encourage new exhibitors into AQHA shows.. why is it then if someone sits out for 3 years or 5 years and may have been showing forever and lots of points, they can come back as a novice.. that doesn't seem right. I have been a trainer for over twenty years, had world show qualifiers, congress winners and is i decided to sit out for five years i can... more »
The Fees are getting out of hand for the average quarter horse show. $8 dollars per judge is rediculous and starting to become not worth the showing. Soon AQHA is not going to have people showing because of the fees, The small fry and novice are there to learn to get better not to spend all of there money on one show! Not only is it getting too expensive for people it is starting to become a rich person sport, what happened... more »
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 »
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.
Prices just keep increasing and increasing in everything horse related. The newer incentive fund fees are included in that added expense. No wonder the shows keep getting fewer and fewer entries. The owner of the horse that is showing has to pay a yearly licensing fee in order to earn the funds for the show year. Used to be the foal was nominated and no other fees were required. Instead of a yearly fee why not have one... more »
Last year I was told by a Judge that my horse is too old to be competitive. He is now 16 years old - healthy and has never taken an unsound step. Any thought to adding a Super Senior level - I am a middle income amateur exhibitor and I can't afford to invest in a younger horse,(plus I really like this horse, he has done nothing wrong except get older) Most AQHA shows are financially impossible for me to attend and... more »
The AQHA show and pro horseman's committee recommended some excellent changes in the ranch horse platform of classes during the 2014 convention. The AQHA executive committee approved some, but not all of those changes and made changes that were not proposed and are bad for the success of this important group of classes. This is a heads up that the exhibitors interested in these classes are putting together another position... more »
Once an individual has been a trainer ( judged, trained or assisted in training a horse (whether or not a registered American Quarter Horse) for remuneration, monetary or otherwise, either directly or indirectly. Payment of entry fees and/or expenses by anyone other than the amateur, the amateur’s “Immediate Family” as defined herein or an amateur’s nationally sponsored team (team demonstrations, exhibitions or international... more »
Why does drug testing only occur on the last day of a multi day show? The halter horses are gone, the english horses are gone and the rest of us are trying to get finished and leave. Horses frequently have to be hauled multiple hours to get home in hot weather. If your horse doesn't pee the testers want to administer something to make them pee. Thus the horse is stressed and possibly low on hydration going home.... 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..
I am selling all of our show horses and broodmares because we can not compete with the trainer being a judge and an exhibitor. Judges now are pressured to place other trainer/judges/exhibitor so that the next time they are the trainer/judge/exhibitor they receive the same favor. No way can is this be good business for the association. Maybe for the trainer/judge/exhibitor!