Ranch Horse Pleasure has been a very successful and growing class for AQHA and popular among members and new members wanting to try class. Leave class format the same and let this popular class evolve without structural changes. (i.e. leave as individual pattern class, not adding more obstacles etc).
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 »
I would like to suggest that AQHA seriously consider moving the implementation of the ranch rail and ranch trail classes up to 2016 if not sooner. The membership has made it very clear that they are very much in support of ranch classes. AQHA has a huge opportunity here. The membership is asking, no, begging for these classes. How can the association not jump in with both feet and do whatever it takes to make this happen, ...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 »
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 »
This will assist owners, buyers, breeders in answering the question of IF a horse has been tested and the result of said test(s) and will relieve the AQHA customer service representatives from answering basic questions of whether or not a horse has been tested, either as required or by preference. Not that it should be a factor, but it would also be a way to increase a small amount of funding $1 at a time when members ...more »
I would LOVE to see a program that allows Quarter Horses to earn credits from open shows like that offered by APHA called the Paint Alternative Competition Program. Not everyone can afford to attend Quarter Horse shows and quite frankly, not every Quarter Horse can win at them. This type of program rewards those horses and riders/exhibitors to be recognized for their hard work, dedication and achievement on a different ...more »
Create an app that allows you to enter a class (like Rookie Trail), a zip code and a date range. Display horse shows offering that class within a 200 mile radius. A bonus would be to show the numbers if the show offered that class last year.
It would be awesome to have an app that you could use to log your horse back riding hours on for the Horse Back Riding program. It would make it way easier than trying to remember to log on to the computer and update your rides.
Every show that AQHA hosts (world shows, novice championships, ranching and CMSA) should have a permanent link to each event in the showing category on AQHA's website. The link for each show should clearly list the qualifying period, method or points to qualify, if state qualifying is handled by affiliates, entry deadlines, and special rules such as caps for novice championships. AND any changes, modifications or extensions ...more »