Originally Posted by waresbear
Thing is, and I am only speaking from the associations I have shown under for last 3 decades (CEF & now renamed Equestrian Canada), the judges are somewhat biased against non-stock horse type breeds. For example, a so-so Arab/rider combo against a so-so stock horse duo, 95% of the time the later places higher, HOWEVER if you enter good non-stock horse type breed with a good rider against the same in the stock horse, your chances are evened up. For lower levels of riding & trained horse, stick with the stock horse for better placings.
Agreed, Waresbear. However, I always hate to see people doing the same old thing, just because that's the way it has always been done. I do hope some out there will step away from the crowd, if that is their choice and do things with their own breed of preference. If nobody puts them out there, the judges themselves, will never learn and be willing to put other breeds up. Judges can get stuck in a rut too.