Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Outside of Oklahoma City
Foundation likes to stay away from the glitz and glamor because they want to showcase the Quarter Horse like it would be in a working environment, doing what they were bred to do out on the ranch. A lot of the people show their are actual working cowboys. And you generally SHOULD groom, clip (not all bald like in the ears though lol), etc. your horses for Foundation shows because it puts out a good, professional image. I don't think they are going over the top, because this is to show the horse as a ranch horse, not as a primped and pampered show pony. Sure, we have lots of AQHA world champions come through the ring all the time, but they know to leave the silver behind, and just enjoy the ride. Yes, they do have rules against banding and tails, but that is because they are trying to separate themselves from AQHA shows, and I don't see anything wrong with that. Just like how some shows won't allow some things while another will. The atmosphere is for a gentle, low-key (yet highly competitive), low stress show for horse and rider. The classes show the extreme versatility of the Quarter Horse as the breed used to be; speed, cow, handiness, conformation, etc, and trying to keep it alive as the most versatile breed.
Be wary of the horse with a sense of humour. - Pam Brown