Horse Showing

Horse Showing

Disqualification for too low of headset

Encourage judges to disqualify a WP or HUS horse that has it's head set lower than what is written in the rule book. The only way this will stop is if judges refuse to allow this in the show ring. Put an end to this already AQHA. The rules have been set in place for many years yet no progress has been made at all. It is shameful that this is still going on!

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41 votes
45 up votes
4 down votes
(@cybercat)

Horse Showing

Tail Testing

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!

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40 votes
42 up votes
2 down votes

Horse Showing

Ban 2 yr old futurities

AQHA should stop offering 2 yr old futurities!!! The horses who compete in 2 yr old futurities are often started as yearlings. With how large HUS horses are they shouldn't be being ridden and worked at such a young age and AQHA should stop promoting this! And with added money to 2 yr old futurities, the trainers/riders overlook the potential damage they are causing these young horses. It is all about the money regardless ...more »

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31 votes
37 up votes
6 down votes

Horse Showing

Limit show managers' bookings to judges.

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 »

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27 votes
32 up votes
5 down votes

Horse Showing

AQHA Horse Show Page on Social Media

I think a really nice tool would be a Facebook page (or other social media page) where the show manager/secretary/committee can post information about aqha approved shows. This will enable the smaller horse shows to get their name out to a wider variety of exhibitors, in turn growing show participation.

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24 votes
24 up votes
0 down votes
(@partner2002)

Horse Showing

Recognizing the Quarter Horse in Endurance

While AQHA has a riding program recognizing hourly accomplishments, there is no program for horses in distance competitions. Many Quarter Horses are successfully competing in Competitive Trail, Limited Distance, and Endurance races. These horses are excellent representatives of what other talents the Quarter Horse possesses. There are a number of other breed organizations that acknowledge mileage achievements and I would ...more »

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20 votes
21 up votes
1 down votes

Horse Showing

Easier World show qualification notice on website

Could AQHA add a column on the page when you look up a horse on the "World Show Qualifying" page to see how many points they have so far, that indicates which classes a horse has qualified for? So the page would have, class, description, points earned and another column that says "qualified level 2 or Qualified level 3" for the particular class. It would be easier than having to go to another webpage to find out how ...more »

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19 votes
19 up votes
0 down votes

Horse Showing

Horse show scoring forms

Please, please replace the score sheets currently available on the show forms link with the new VERY scribe friendly forms that were used at the world show!!! The new world show sheets provided a box for cumulative totals during the run. The past sheets for ranch riding were virtually unusable although pretty

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18 votes
18 up votes
0 down votes

Horse Showing

Find A Trainer Map

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 »

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15 votes
18 up votes
3 down votes

Horse Showing

Separate classes for Level 2 and 3 at World Show

Please provide separate classes for Level 2 and Level 3 at the World show. Right now if you qualified for showmanship and other pattern classes for both level 2 and 3, you can to be judged at at both levels, but only get one go (i.e. you only get to do the pattern once) and you have to pay for two classes. The group classes (western pleasure, etc.) get two different chances to show, once for each level.. If you paying ...more »

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11 votes
14 up votes
3 down votes

Horse Showing

Green Hunter Under Saddle at the World

Two year olds should not be allowed to show in the Green Hunter Under saddle at the World. AQHA should have a two year old hunter under saddle class for the 2yr olds just like they do for the western horses. The Green HUS should be for the horses who have shown in that class and qualified with a set number of points.

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11 votes
14 up votes
3 down votes

Horse Showing

Pick-Up Horse of the Year Award

I think it that AQHA should partner with PRCA to create an award for PRCA Pick-Up Horse of the Year. Of course, not all pick-up horses are AQHA, however a majority of them are registered Quarter Horses. The pick-up horse, much like the cowboy riding it, does not get appreciated enough. They have to be catty and fast like a barrel horse, and they must watchy like a steer wrestling horse. They need to be able to rope, carry ...more »

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10 votes
12 up votes
2 down votes