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 »
It would be helpful if judges were allowed to give participants feedback before, during and after the class. Now the culture is you should not speak to the judge. However, it would be nice to know what improvements can be made.
In the past, AQHA shows had dinners, dancing and other events. They made the show fun and you forgot about how much money you were spending to be there. It was a chance to network and get to know your competitors. I really miss the fun!
Has this been cut back? I rarely see the drug testers at the shows we attend.
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..
Consider recognizing select exhibitors ranking separately in the Journal and web site. Currently, the award or ranking shows up on the horse's record after the end of the year but nowhere else during the year. It would be fun to track throughout the year. Many times a select exhibitor receives a national high point award and is not even aware until it shows up on the horse's record.
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).
Qualifying for the novice champsionship is a big deal and it should show on the horses record just like qualifying for the world show. I know novice is on the rider, but if it wasn't for my horse, I wouldn't qualify. Being on his show record makes him more marketable to a novice rider.
In today's world where you can verify ownership online it is no longer necessary to require the original registration certificate to be presented in the horse show office. Remove this antiquated rule, please.
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.
Add a class for 4 year old halter geldings. Most 4 year old geldings are not mature enough to compete in the Aged Gelding Halter class. Adding this new class would keep more competitors showing halter and give them an opportunity to compete on equal grounds.