Originally Posted by GoAppendix
It would be a good idea to have a lesson or two with an AQHA trainer so they can evaluate and discuss your goals with you.
And maybe go watch one as well. I'm assuming you know how the AQHA trained horses ride compared to hunter/jumpers, etc.
I have just recently changed from a lower level trainer to one of those more well known barns and while I will admit that my placings did improve, I truley believe it has way more to do with the trainer and the skill sets that I am gaining from her instruction rather than her name alone.
I generally spend about $500 on a show weekend but that's for 3 to 4 days of showing if that helps. I'm not the big winner in the class, I'm more somewhere in the middle and my horse has big names in his bloodlines but the big names are yesterdays names...
I have really enjoyed the AQHA circuit. It's a place where the very, very wealthy mingle with the blue collared workers. No lines are drawn and while money can definitely buy you the horse, the tack, and the trainer to get you into the winner circle, so can sweat and hard work...