I don't know if this has been done yet so bare with me.
Every time leaving for a horse show you always end up spending a tidy sum to get a horse braided. Unfortunately for the most of us we just can't accomplish the show ring worthy braid. The only way to get that good is with practice, practice and more practice.
So the idea is to do a braid of your choice every time you go to the barn, or out for a ride. It will should only add an extra two minutes to your grooming time. The hope is to start seeing nice results. If you want we can do it as a group and show your progress on occasion and see how far everyone can come, and hopefully get really good.
There is no need to go out and purchase and expensive braiding kit, all you need is some wool and a rug hook (check your local Walmart or craft store for cheap) for hunter braids and reuse rubber bands for dressage braids.