I thought what would be good to do, about six montys before a big, local show, would be to do a "mini show circuit" that would be open to all minis in the size range of the show. IE; 38 and under if the upcoming show was R, 34 and under if it was an A. Just have basic classes to keep it fun and moving. Like halter foal, halter yearling, Halter mare, gelding, stallion., halter champion. Performance could be hunter, jumper, obstacle in hand and driven, and some pleasure driving classes along with perhaps reinsmanship. Could do a possible split of youth, amateur, and open for the performance classes and then have high point and reserve like the big horse horse shows do. Then do an overall HP champion at the end of six months. Then the following month would be the big, registered show. The benifits to this are many and would include, schooling opportunity for the registered horses, learning experience for newbies, possible sales for registered stock, getting people pumped up for the real deal show. And show attire could be relaxed to make it a fun deal, with no pressure to newbies to have to buy expensive clothes, halters, harnesses or carts. Clean, safe and tidy yes, expensive, no.
I would support such a show series if it was local and the fees were kept minimal.