I dont think anyone has yet to think about the time line. If we had the shetlands cross-entering, do you know how long a show would last? Instead of 10-15 in a class, there could be 20-25 in that class, therefore the class would last longer. As it is, the miniatures have had to forfeit lots of classes just so the shetlands could have their classes. The more shetland classes added, the more mini classes are dropped because of time restraints. And, several shows now have had to add at least 1/2 day so they could fit in foundations, classic, modern, and on and on. People have tried to have shetland only shows, most had to cancel because of low support.
dreamlnmini, I loved your first post. What I have been trying to say for a long time! And Lavern, I LOVE you!! I am so glad there are folks like you still out there.
flying minis, also well said.
And, for those of you who think some of us 'overshow' our horses' if you would get your horses in shape, you wouldn't have that problem. I have heard MANY people say they won't work their horses if it's too hotl. I always wondered what happens to those horses when they go to Nationals, or any other show that is 100 plus. If they aren't used to it, I'd say they weren't in shape.
We certainly have been 'outpriced' in halter, but that;s ok with me. I got the journal just the other day and if I thought the shetlands/miniatures were eventually going to look like some in it, I'd just quit showing. I don't want to support an organization that is breeding for those horrible looking horses/ponies. It's already well known that hackney has 'creeped' into the shetlands/minis.. I just wish those that liked shetlands, hackneys, etc. would do their own shows and leave AMHR alone! It used to be fun showing, can't say that anymore.
As for the measuring that was mentioned, unfortunately, you can't measure as the rulebook states. Which is one of the reasons I won't pay to get my Stewards card for 2013. I got my card so people who were mad because their horse wasn't being measured per the rulebook would know I stuck to the book. Unfortunately, some of those same folks didn't like my measuring either. Sorry folks, i wouldn't make a 35" fit into a 34 and under class. I also found out that the rulebook wasn't for everyone. I am probably wrong, but to me when a rule is written, it is a rule. No exceptions, no excuses, period.
I'm sorry, didn't mean to hijack this topic, just got up there on my soapbox and was on a roll.
P.S. Actually, I like shetlands and really do own several.