Originally Posted by GotaDunQH
The AQHA ranch horse classes have been around for a little while and it really is a nice way for a working ranch horse to show off what it can do; competition is getting bigger in some places and popular. Cute horse shown in that vid, but I still would like to see just a tad longer rein....especially with a big bit in the horse's mouth.
I was a member of the foundation registries for a long time and while I like the no-nonsense approach, the foundation shows went to the exact OTHER extreme that AQHA does when it comes to tack, no banding, grooming etc. AQHA doesn't have any rules that say silver MUST be on tack or spell out grooming rules, like no banding or clipping. The foundation shows make is a HUGE point against these things...and that turned me off a litte. You CAN show AQHA without any silver...I've done it and won! But for an organization to go to the total extreme of saying these things AREN'T allowed, (when AQHA does not make a stand at all and remains NEUTRAL in their rules on this stuff )turns me off.
I just went through and read the rules for the class. Band braiding and tail extensions are explicitly not allowed, but clipping bridle paths, fetlocks, etc. is fine. It does say that completely clipping out ears is discouraged, but I doubt it would get you disqualified. It also says "Equipment with silver should not count over a good working outfit. Silver on bridles and saddles is discouraged
." Again I don't think it will get you out right disqualified, but maybe used as a tie breaker. I really think the class is really catering toward the more "old-school" members who may have gotten away from showing. The point being that you can come out and show your horse in your work saddle without having to make too much fuss over it.
I can sort of see your point, if you wanna go out there covered in rhinestones and silver you shouldn't be faulted for it. But at the same time, I can see how that picture kind of conflicts with the image of a working ranch horse. Either way, you're not allowed to enter the same horse in both ranch pleasure and western pleasure, so I don't think it will cause too much conflict. You still have WP, trail and horsemanship classes to get all decked out. This class is just a good option for folks who want to be a little more low maintenance.