What are the official rules regarding combining divisions? I did a quick check on usef.org's rule book, but couldn't find anything.
I've noticed some combinations lately that seem a bit unfair. I've seen 1st years combined with High Performance hunters. Is it fair to judge a first year horse against a potentially highly experienced Hi Perf horse?
I understand that the shows need to manage their prize money payouts vs entry fees. Couldn't they do the payouts as a combined class, but award points as if the classes were held separately?
Interested to hear others' thoughts on the topic.
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