Originally Posted by Althena
Ok, so after going to the APHA Fall Color Classic to gather information about showing our paint stallion, I found that there were NO stallions being shown (with the exception of a yearling). Can someone please explain why stallions are not being shown at shows? Is there any reason we should train and show "Jack" at the local shows where he will be the only one in class? It sounds to me like people are just showing the progeny and the stallion himself does not matter. I mean, now that freezing semen is popular, does having an intact stallion have any advantages?
Just realize that some of the answers you get here will come from people that really have no concept of what owning and promoting a stallion REALLY means.
It is a shame that there were no others there but with the economy being as it is that could be a reason. HOWEVER I would still go if there is a class offered. Not just to show your stud but it is a VERY good way to get the horse used to being out in crowds and being handled in front of strangers and strange horses. That in itself is worth its weight in gold for future showing where you will not have full control of the surrounding environment.
I showed mine as a stallion and to be the lessons learned were well worth it. He goes to ANY show no matter who is at the show be it young kids or adults and has ALWAYS been asked to come back.