Many older horse lovers today may have fear, or health problems that prevent them from loping yet they still want to stay active in riding and horse shows. How about classes, even on the local level, where 55 and older riders can just do walk/trot or walk only trail classes. (In real life, out on the trail, I never loped.) I discussed this with several of my horse trainer's clients who are over 60 and they all agreed ...more »
The individual age halter classes have reduced the number of halter entries at our shows. Although we tell exhibitors classes can be combined, they don't like the required classes now. We need to go back to the option of show management to offer either platform.
I recommend AQHA limit the number of circuits in each state to encourage exhibitors to attend weekend shows. I realize many exhibitors love the circuits. Trainers only have to set up once. But these are killing the small shows. Looking at AQHA shows in Indiana and Kentucky I noticed something sad. Adding all the shows March through July Indiana has 27 AQHA shows. Of these all but 3 were split combined, many are circuits. ...more »
There seem to be few and far Equestrians With Disabilities classes in many shows, unless you get to a large show. Could there be a rule change so these dedicated and hard-working, inspirational people could get in the pen more often, such as being able to compete in the regular classes, if there are no more than a certain number of entrants and perhaps all competitors are warned, if the disability could be a hazard, ...more »
Would like to see AQHA adopt Hunter in Hand like the appaloosa's, POAs, etc. Gives us the English all around horse a chance to shine. Not only just English horses but true performance and all-arounders.
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 »
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 »