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post #11 of 13 Old 01-09-2013, 08:17 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by GottaRide View Post

^This is the link you will need to find out about the Iowa Paint Breeders Futurity. You'll probably need to send in the Yearling Sustaining form & payment (due date is April 1). If you have any questions, don't be afraid to call the IPHC representatives listed on the forms.

You can show in the Open and the Non Pro futurity classes. You will also be able to show in any Open, Amateur or Novice Amateur classes that are part of the regular APHA showbill. At the futurity shows, remember there is basically a regular APHA show going on along with the futurity show.

If you look at the past year's results for the yearling lounge line futurity classes, you will see a lot of owners exhibit their own horses in the Open and Non Pro classes. My gelding was shown at the IA futurity & won some money, shown by an amateur (before I bought him). Here he is: 2011 ia paint futurity 334.MOD - YouTube

The futurity is not until September so you have a lot of time to learn all you can about showing in the lounge line classes & getting your horse ready to perform at that level. I am hoping to be there with my gelding for the 3 year old classes. I will be riding him myself against all the BNTs.
Gottaride, Are you going to the three at ECC and the fourth one at the iowa equestrian center? And thats what I was thinking, I am an amatuer and it is an open class so I know that I CAN show but its all a matter of actually winning. And I don't have a name, just a quality horse and they people I will be competeing with will all know each other.

Basically what CLaPorte432 mentioned is what im really worried about. But how will I make a name for myself if i dont get out there and show?
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post #12 of 13 Old 01-09-2013, 09:27 AM
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The only thing I can say is "get over it". :) There are just as many amateurs showing their own horses against the trainers as there are trainers showing for their clients. Amateurs will place higher than trainers when it is deserved, as will trainers place higher than amateurs when deserved. Just make sure you are an amateur that deserves to be high in the placings. This means you have to be able to prepare yourself and your horse, know the rulebook, know the class procedure, look the part and have fun.

I really enjoy showing in Iowa. The people are very nice & have a lot of fun. The shows are well run with knowledgeable people available to help. Don't psych yourself out of the opportunity to show at this level.

I will probably only make it to the Paint futurity show and the October Pinto show in Cedar Rapids. It's a 6 hour haul for me.


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post #13 of 13 Old 01-09-2013, 10:14 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah I really had my heart set on showing him because I have worked with him so much and I know what he can do. He is a very talented little baby who is already half way there. People started telling my mom I needed that big trainer to use their name to help him win but I think i am qualified to show against them. And I do have a big time old school trainer helping me out by constantly giving me lessons, letting me ride his horses and letting me board at his house, so it isn't like I'm going in there not knowing anything!

I also like the horse industry in iowa, theres alot of really talented horses and people and they are usually pretty nice. The only reason I get to show down there is because im attending school at ecc and ended up buying my training horse from my instructor! Otherwise, it would be a 6 hour haul for me too.
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