OK I don't want to sound rude or anything, but I can't believe you! What is the point inn buying a horse that is already completely trained (unless you don't know how to ride) and just sitting on their back looking pretty? I can't belive you would trade in your horse, companion, and friend, just so you can win reining shows.
I mean really?? I hope you seriously condiser this, before you make a mistake.
My mare was a barrel horse when I got her, and I manely ride english. I succesfully trained her to jump 3', do shoulder/huanches in, a little leg yeilding, and to be on the bit, not to mention flyinmg lead changes. Do you know how rewarding that is? If you trade in your horse, for one that already knows how to do all that stuff, you will most likely feel terrible.
I know if you do reining, you need a horse that at least has the ability to do it, but if your just doing small shows, I don't see why you would risk losing your horse, so you could get more blue ribbons. I would never trade my mare in, and when I got her she was 4 and green broke, and I had only been riding about 8 months. And now she can run barrels, do dressage, and jumping. And all this is so rewarding. Do you know why? Because we learned together, and tought eachother. And THAT is what makes a great partnership. Not getting a horse that already knows how to do EVERYTHING you ask it. What would be the point in that? There would be absolutely no partnership at all. However, if you don't have a relationship/partnership with Champ, and you do with this mare you are trying, maybe it would be for the best. But I just want you to remember, before you choose, that there is always way more to horses, reining, and showing, then blue ribbons. So please take that into consideration.
Again- I did not intend any offense at all.