I don't know if this is the right section, but... as some of you know, I'm taking on a horse for training, and so contacted my local riding association regarding legal stuff, and they reminded me that if I take money for training a horse (which I will be) then I will lose my amateur status as far as showing goes. I don't show big right now, and haven't shown in a couple of years as I've been away at school, but I may be getting back into it in the near future, so how will this affect my showing? Will it change the levels open to me? Am I restricted form showing at schooling shows?
What are the pros and cons of being considered an "amateur"?