Originally Posted by BennysLace
Thing is I wanna to show not big time just local everyday ribbon shows.... Does anyone show their gaited horses at these type of shows? Do the judges treat them fairly? I do not want to waste money on showing a horse just for people just not to get him. Or worse yet flat out not give him a chance I'm sure the horse truly wouldn't care and all and all it would jsut be for experience, but honestly I tend to get a little angry over judging a horse unfairly in an open breed show, because of his breed.
A few suggestions: Take a look at schooling shows. If there are riding stables in your area with good lesson programs, very often they will hold schooling shows. There may be classes that either allow gaited horses or a few classes specifically for gaited horses.
If you have some of those "regional" horse magazines in your area take a look at their websites under the events section. Some of the open schooling shows will have classes for gaited horses. Many rescue organizations also run schooling shows.
If the schooling shows don't list gaited classes, it never hurts to e-mail and ask if you can enter a gaited horse. If the show committee feels there is interest they may add an "Open Gaited Breed" class or two. Just be prepared to support the show with entries and/or sponsorships. Nothing kills gaited horse shows or classes faster than adding several gaited horse classes that end up with only 1 horse in them.
Also, research state/regional gaited horse clubs both in your own state and in surrounding states. Some of them hold shows just for gaited horses. State fairs may also have breed-specific gaited horse classes.