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 »
If the AQHA is unwilling to let dressage exhibitors show at the World Show(s), work with the United States Dressage Federation to recognize the highest scoring quarter horse in each division (junior, adult amateur and open) at each of the USDF Regional Championships.
I love dressage, but would also love to gain points on my hus horse. Dressage seems to be a growing discipline for the quarter horse. Why not show off their abilities in this discipline and gain participants at the recognized breed shows, instead of relying on other shows to be recognized by AQHA?If dressage classes through first level were held at actual breed shows, many of these horses could also compete in hus and ...more »
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 am proposing a Dressage Suitability class for horses in the HUS ring who will never go on to jump. I have noted on several occasions a desire for judges to not place these horses along wiith not placing peanut rollers, and so forth. This claass would help to leve the number of western riding classes and provide a forum for our qh's who are not destined for the hunter ring. I am seeing more and more qh's moving into ...more »