We used to show all over WA, OR and ID. Even MT, and ventured up into Canada. You get to see some real nice country, meet good people, and see some darn good horses.
I guess I just don't understand those that don't want to step up, and see other parts of the country. We had a lot of fun in the "trailer race" as it's called.
Others are always welcomed to a cutting horse show. There are plenty of good folks that will help a newbie get started. Yet, the arabian people don't come. They should! How will they ever know if their arabian cutter can cut it if they never try! You win, you get paid!
We always heard that they are as good or better than QH cutters, but they never come on out and give it a try. I would just like to see one arab with ncha earnings! It means they had the guts to get out and try it!
From my experiences with the Arabian shows, the horses at the very top are rarely ridden by owners or ammies. I can't tell you how many times we heard, "Well, it was only an amateur class, it doesn't count." or "Well, you trained him yourself, it doesn't count." or "Well, it was only Pinto World Championships, it doesn't count." or "OH you showed in an open class and won? My, they must not have realized you were an amateur.". "You can't show him in those shows, what if he doesn't win?". There was absolutely no thought for the owner doing stuff with their horse and having fun showing as a pair. It was a total AFRONT to show in the open (trainer) classes rather than ammy. I had never heard the expression, "You know what Reserve Champion means? First loser.". I almost went to jail that day. Oh, and a class with less than 10 horses in it? Happened all the time. Win that class and you'd get, "Yeah but you didn't have any competition, there were only 2, 4, 6 horses in it. It doesn't coun't." It was without doubt the most negative experience I've ever had with horses.
I've told this story before but it's very illuminating. My husband had to go to Regional Championships to qualify for US Nationals. He called once he got there and told me there were only 2 horses in his class and the other horse was, in his words, "Fugly". I asked who it was and he told me. Said, "We've got this in the bag.". I knew the horse and who its trainer was, so asked who was showing him in the class (ammy class). He told me and I said, "Don't worry about it honey, Reserve is just fine.". The ammy was the trainer's paid amateur. It was well known whose barn the horse was in and that the handler was an ammy on paper only and that guaranteed the win. My husband couldn't believe it. Called me back later and told me, "We went Reserve. And they followed me back to the stall and tried to buy Cloney.". They took their horse home and gelded him and he wasn't shown again.
That was also the year at Nationals where a guy had bought a bunch of working cow horses and showed them to several championships. Guess what? They were ringers. Not an Arab in the bunch. AHA fought tooth and nail to keep from having to re-award those championships to actual Arabs and Half Arabs. That was the year we brought Cloney home, sold the mares and gelded him. Haven't shown Arab shows since, strictly open and he's done fine. That's why I can talk all day about some of the older Arabs but don't really know much about the 'current crops'. Don't care either.