Originally Posted by farmpony84
From the threads I've read that you've started, it sounds like you are headed in the right direction. It's just not going to happen over night. Have you driven out to an AQHA show yet to watch so you can get a feel?
They have a cool thing they started this year with a new division. It's called the Rookie Division and it's for a horse and rider combination that have earned less than 10 points each. The division is free so you would be able to show for the cost of the office fees/grounds fees/drug fees. That would still end up costing you about $50 for the day but better than a per judge fee!
As for your preparation, make sure you don't fall into the old low head/slow speed trap. Ensure that you always have forward motion. I would suggest ditching any training devices if possible because they will just make you dependent on them and won't do you any good on show days.
Are you using a trainer? Do you know what your horse was trained in? As in WP or HUS or basic skillsets?
For the jumping portion of the AQHA shows, I don't jump my horse yet as he just turned six and has previous pelvis injuries. I may never attempt to jump him but I've watched those classes and the horses in those classes tend to ride more like the upper level Hunter/Jumpers. They have a much higher headset. As in they carry their heads up high but are on the bit. When they go into the flat classes, however, they are right back down into the HUS frame. I've also noticed that some people have horses used soley for the over fences classes and the horses used soley for the flat classes....
Yes, I've watched many AQHA shows, in real life and in videos.
I don't have an actual Quarter horse trainer, but I have a good instructor who is going to help me with some HUS stuff, I just haven't started that yet.
My horse had 5 months of WP training a few years ago (he's 8 now); I found an old ad for him on a horse for sale website. Then at his previous home, they had him for about a year and a half, and did HUS with him. So he can do both.