Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Lehigh Valley, PA
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I may start another thread to ask about this... but since it's here...
In AKC dog shows (most conformation shows in the US are AKC sanctioned events), there are the *same classes* offered for every breed, generally Puppy 6-9 Months; Puppy 9-12 Months; Puppy 12-18 Months; Novice; Bred By Exhibitor; American Bred; Open.
Most who have puppies enter the puppy classes. Some people use the Bred By class to show off what they've worked hard to produce. Most of the time, the rest of the entries go into the Open class. (And the winners from each of these end up competing against each other.)
Many experienced exhibitors will in fact suggest that you not enter novice. And maybe it's just me, but I've never seen anyone use American Bred, either.
Are there similarly accepted rules at horse shows, with classes that are offered but simply not entered? I'm a bit confused about the horse show world.