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I Need Help with Appaloosa Shows

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  • I Need Help with Appaloosa Shows

    I am strictly a hunter person, and I have no idea what appaloosa shows are about.

    I have a customer who has an appaloosa who has very good papers. If he didn't have his spots, I think he's be very pretty. Jumps well, moves great, good conformation. The owner doesn't ride, but instead wants me to show him and get him ready to qualify and compete at national's or world's.... I don't know how this works.

    I looked on the website of "The Appaloosa Club" and didn't see many qualifying shows in my area (Carolinas).

    Any help or insight would be appreciated.
    .Viewpoint Stables.

  • #2
    Does your customer want you to compete in under saddle classes or over fences classes? I have an Appaloosa that I used to event and now do jumpers with that I have shown at a few appaloosa shows. I belive that you do not need to qualify to compete at the national show, but you do need to qualify to compete at the world show. You may want to get in touch with your regional appaloosa horse club (http://www.appaloosa.com/clubs-affil...onal_clubs.htm) about shows in your area. I believe that if your region does not offer enough classes to qualify you for the world show they can have you automatically qualify. Something like that anyway. There is an email address for info on regional clubs in the website I included.

    Good luck and have fun!


    • #3
      ALthough I haven't shown apps in a few years I am in NC and can tell you a few things. App shows are somewhat like QH shows, the Under saddle wants a horse with its head leavel with withers (or even lower), a long slow trot stride and a more "collected" canter but still with minimal contact. The over fences is more like a "normal" hunter show. As far as qualifying, you do not have to qualify for Nationals, which is held in July each year, but do have to qualify for Worlds which is in November. Teh qualifying points are determined by the number of entries in each class. Unfortunately, one of the NC app clubs is now defunct, as of this past year, but I heard it was "sort of" being resurracted. That club used to hold two shows a year in Raleigh. I heard there will now be one, at Lake Waccamaw in May. The other club, I believe, is still in exitence, and they usually hold a spring show and one in the summer in AUgust, both in Raleigh. ALso the state fair has an app show. However, I doubt seriously taht any of these will ahve over fences classes anymore. When I was in the one club, they did have Over fences, but now the fair didn't even have any O/F this year. ANother thing to consider is the ACAAP program which allow you to accumulate "merits" (similar to points) in any type of "open" show, hunter shows, local show circuits, dressage, etc. It is a little work on your aprt as you have to have the show management fill out a form and pay a small fee each year to enroll the horse in the program, but you can win national awards thru it, three of my apps have done so. However, the ACAAP program does not qualify you for the World show (unless things have changed). SO hopefully that helps you out some!


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        Hey there I sent you a PM .. Let me know
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