Join Date: May 2007
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
Right now, I believe that the only classes that you could really show him is would be halter. For that you only really need a good show outfit for yourself, and a nice halter for him. You would also need to learn the quartering system. I think you might also be able to show him in showmanship, which usually involves a pattern and sometimes demonstration of some other skills.
If he is a registered paint, you could show him in APHA shows, otherwise, you could enter some open shows in your area.
Probably entering a few halter classes would be a good way to find out if he is show quality or not (based on what you hear from various judges).
When he is 2 or so, you could enter "in hand" trail classes, where you lead him through similar obstacles done in a regular trail class (bridges, trot poles, back throughs, etc.)
When he is 3, you might enter him in some light walk/jog classes
When he is 4 and 5, you can show him as a junior horse in whatever classes (english/western) that interest you.
Point is, if you are really interested in showing, you have plenty of time to build your wardrobe, tack supply, and knowledge, and skills for the occasion.
I was in a simliar situation with my stallion when I got him at two and decided to start showing...I had to remember/learn a lot about showing...he is five now, and it has been pretty fun though :)
I would just add one caution: if you do not geld your boy, it is likely that your training and showing will be much more difficult. Having a stallion ads a whole new dimension to the training and showing worlds. You never get to really relax when you are just hanging out at the show, because even if your stallion is behaving (after spending much, much time to teach him to behave in public), you have to be on the look out for less experienced riders who come too close or get out of control - it is your responsibility to keep your stallion away from others and from injuring others rather than expecting them to do so. Choosing to have a stallion, means you choose to take on the added responsibility of handling one - other people may not know how and may not know the potential dangers of getting too close with their horses (especially if you have a well behaved stallion - people may not realize he is a stallion)....That was my soap box (how I feel about it). :)
Good luck :)