True enough Dreamcatcher, but you are following the rules, not going to other shows & showing in full classes, then coming back to W/T. We don't want to scare newbies off from showing by getting their doors blown off at every show, they are what keep the entries up & shows going.
I agree with that. Most of the shows I've been going to say, no cross entering in WTC classes and they specify either ages for the humans and/or ages and skill levels for the horses. The classes have averaged 15 entries in the Ammy classes and between 15-20 in the open ones. I enter all of 'em, I'm an ammy riding a 3 y.o. Stallion, I figure he needs all the exposure and schooling he can get. The would allow me to enter in a WTC class for schooling only and I'd just turn my number upside down so I wouldn't be judged. At $8/class or $56 for the day, it's not like I'm going to be out major money.
Here's a little sample from one of the little shows I go to:
OPEN ALL BREED -
35Open Adult Showmanship
42Open Adult English Pleasure W/T
46Open Adult English Pleasure
52Open Adult English Equitation
62Open Adult Beginner Trail*
(*If you are in Beginner Trail you cannot select any other Trail class*)
63Open Adult Western Trail
70Open Adult Greener/T/Grass W/T
72Open Adult W/T Western
77Open Adult Greener/T/Grass W/P
78Open Adult Western Pleasure
85Open Adult Horsemanship
96Open Adult Western Riding
91Open Adult Reining
101Open Adult Stake Race
108Open Adult Pole Bending
115Open Adult Barrel Race
So I can go in 3 walk/trot classes each day, $24...Yeah, that's a BARGAIN and LOTS of good experience for the horse.
Heh heh, last year I thought about doing the beginner Trail class.......yeah........NO....Skippy said, "WTH????" and let me know real quick we had not worked on that at home and he wasn't interested. LOL!