NRHAreiner...you are Evil!! LOL.
Seriously, I don't know where anyone would get the idea that movement isn't important. It is VITALLY important, but so is being consistently in a frame, and moving at the right pace, and having spotless transitions. If a great mover didn't place in a class it wasn't because of its "natural" tail.
In the USEF world, a great mover is rewarded, or maybe I should say rewarded *in spite of* its ill behavior. I speak from experience here, too (25+ years in USEF). But in the QH world that's not the case. Manners are as important as movement. Maybe that's where the "movement doesn't matter in AQHA" notion comes from. People see nice movers not win and they honestly don't know that it was the head toss in the corner that took them out--not the plain tack, or the non-blingy show shirt, or the long mane. Maybe. IDK. Baffles me.
Just my $.02 worth.
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