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JaneyWaney9 03-21-2012 07:21 AM

AQHA showing vs. rated shows?
I have a 12 year old Quarter Horse that is athletic enough (both in his looks and his movement) to be passed off as a thoroughbred or a sport horse.
He's a hunter/jumper, and I'm going to start showing him this year (we've shown in flat classes for a while at local shows, but we're moving up to jumping as well as bigger shows.)
I ride with a trainer who's pretty prestigious and shows her horses at rated shows (such as Ledges, Horse Shows by the Bay, WEF), and she wants me to show with her. She's at a different barn, and I've been taking lessons on her horses.
The barn I'm at breeds paints and Quarter Horses. I've helped train the owner of the barn's horses, and she wants me to start showing with her horses. I have loyalty to both barns, but I'm conflicted as to who to show with.
It really comes down to my horse. I want to show him jumping, and I'd likely enter an open jumping class at AQHA or normal classes at rated shows.
The biggest problem is, we don't have the money for the rated shows. I have a sponsor lined up, but if it falls through at any point, everything goes down the toilet. AQHA is expensive, but more approachable.
If I could take my pick, I'd do the rated shows. But I think AQHA is far more realistic for my family's financial situation, and where my horse and riding is at.
Which way do you think would be best for both me and my horse? (I'm 16).

mildot 03-21-2012 07:31 AM


Originally Posted by JaneyWaney9 (Post 1417587)
If I could take my pick, I'd do the rated shows. But I think AQHA is far more realistic for my family's financial situation, and where my horse and riding is at.

Finances should trump everything else, unless one is made of money IMO.

However, I would not feel any obligation to show AQHA just because I owned a Quarter Horse.

A-rated jumper shows will be more competitive and working to excel there will make you a better rider and your horse a better athlete. Nothing against AQHA, but the fact of life is that when you don't exclude any breed from competition you will find better competition.

cowboy bowhunter 03-21-2012 09:14 AM

I show aqha shows in penning and sorting. It is fun and im going for points for breeding mares.
But if you do aqha remember you dont get money back. You pay to ride with no chance of making money, So if you doing it for fun and dont care about points on your horse for selling or breeding do something to make money if you win.

cowboy bowhunter 03-21-2012 10:37 AM

I forgot the open rules. Read about the open horse rules before joining aqha. If you are a trainer all you can ride in is open. So you can only ride once a day per class per horse. But if you only ride your own horse you can ride the same horse in the AM and OPEN class.
And once a trainer it takes years to get back in the AM class.

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