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Horse Showing

Experiance Counts

Last year I was told by a Judge that my horse is too old to be competitive. He is now 16 years old - healthy and has never taken an unsound step. Any thought to adding a Super Senior level - I am a middle income amateur exhibitor and I can't afford to invest in a younger horse,(plus I really like this horse, he has done nothing wrong except get older) Most AQHA shows are financially impossible for me to attend and... more »

AQHA Membership

Make an Online Handbook available as one pdf

Please make a pdf available with the handbook all in one download. I could always just search and my subject would scan the entire handbook for the information I was seeking. Now I have to do section, section, section. Hate it. Too time consuming for me. It would be ok to leave the sections for those who like them; but make it available as one pdf for those of us who download it to our computer. Thank you for your consideration... more »

Horse Showing

your novice rules

I dont not understand the purpose of the novice. I thought it was to encourage new exhibitors into AQHA shows.. why is it then if someone sits out for 3 years or 5 years and may have been showing forever and lots of points, they can come back as a novice.. that doesn't seem right. I have been a trainer for over twenty years, had world show qualifiers, congress winners and is i decided to sit out for five years i can... more »

Horse Showing

AQHA Ranch Horse Pleasure class "as is"

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).


Horse Showing

Position paper on AQHA ranch horse classes coming soon

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 »

Horse Showing

Stop Drug testing on the Last Day

Why does drug testing only occur on the last day of a multi day show? The halter horses are gone, the english horses are gone and the rest of us are trying to get finished and leave. Horses frequently have to be hauled multiple hours to get home in hot weather. If your horse doesn't pee the testers want to administer something to make them pee. Thus the horse is stressed and possibly low on hydration going home.... more »

AQHA Membership

Allow online membership renewals to add Amateur,& Novice

A LOT of exhibitors renew online (or when telephone solicitors were used) and when they come to enter their card is only an open membership and they must purchase the upgrade to amateur, amateur novice or youth novice (if qualified). This should be corrected so the applicant gets the appropriate membership.


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AQHA Membership

Correctly annotate color on reigistration papers.

AQHA's inability, and sometimes refusal, to correctly register a horse's color is antiquated. Given the advancements in genetics testing, it is not difficult to correctly register color, even given the constraints of the old computer system and failed upgrade. A sorrel horse with the champagne dilution should not be registered as a palomino. Grey is not a base color, it is a type of white pattern and can easily be noted... more »

Horse Showing

Don't increase select age to 62

I would urge the task force that is examining the idea of raising the Select age to 62 not to make this mistake. The idea that this will increase the size of the amateur classes is untrue. We could already ride the amateur division if we wanted to. Clearly most of us don't. If you raise the age limit, many of us will choose not to show anymore. The loss of amateurs was due to the disastrous idea of the novice roll... more »

AQHA Membership

Utilize Email for contact with Members

A lot of members funds are wasted sending out useless letters when an email would be quicker & more cost effective, as well as allowing a response to be directed back to the person handling the paperwork/issue.


The AQHA need to get n the 21st century & use the tools available.

Horse Showing

Lower Fees

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 »

Horse Showing

Exhibitor Name/Horse Name Announcement at World Show

AQHA should NOT announce horses and exhibitors names at all World show competitions. This was none more apparent than at this years 2014 youth world show, where many trainers children and overly publicized horses/exhibitors were making the finals with mediocre patterns and go's. It just breeds the idea that "its all about who you know" when you walk into that arena. Many regular folks do not have those connections and... more »

AQHA Membership

Points/division names/leveling -- keep it simple!!!!

AQHA's attempts at leveling, while honorable, have not produced the desired result and there are still lots of complaints being aired on online forums, at horse shows, and in general conversations with other AQHA enthusiasts. For example, the rules for Rookie don't allow a horse with over 10 points to be shown in that division. That makes zero sense --a rookie rider SHOULD be on a seasoned show horse! Rookie is the only... more »