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Natural Verses Extreme

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 »
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Do It Yourself Showing

I am proposing a class for people who do not uses professional trainers to prepare their horses for shows. There are a lot of divisions and even types of shows to level the playing field for AQHA members, but all current efforts favor people with professional trainers.

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 »
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Special Event Changes

We have all seen with our own eyes, and read about the decline in show entries. In my area most full shows don't offer cattle events. Due to this fact, and me wanting to get a horse qualified for the World Show I attend a lot of special events. Due to AQHA rules Special Events can only be single judged and you can only show once per day (I know you can show after 4 and it be rolled to the next). So if you go to a weekend... more »
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Helmets for Youth

I already know that this one is going to be a powder-keg of negativity and disagreement on this issue, but it needs to be said and added here. Helmets. I really don't need to go into gory, scientific statistics, studies and reports on how they can save your life, your head etc. I don't need to site the number of deaths that occur in riding and horse-related accidents where people were not wearing helmets. I don't need... more »
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Select national recognition

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.

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Bring Back Inspections for an Appendix Horse

AQHA was forced to allow Paints in as a Quarter Horse. I still don't like it, but think about this: How about for those Paints that are half Quarter Horses, and are solid or are genetically NOT carrying the Tobiano gene (one parent is registered AQHA). Why not allow them to be Appendix Quarter Horses. This is a no-brainer for geldings... there are a LOT of Solid Bred Paints out there right now that are 100% QH, there... more »
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Do Not Charge for Watching World Show Online

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).

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Quaifying for Noice Championship should go on horse record

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.