New Grand National Rules

I just have to say Hurray on the rule changes between Ladies/Amateur Ladies and Masters and Amateurs and Youth/Jr Exhibitors.  If you are going there, and paying all that money to get there, it is nice to have other opportunities to show off your mount during that long week plus.  Thanks for being logical!!!

4 Responses to New Grand National Rules

  1. Trisha says:

    Agreed! Youth classes may be a little more cramped, but all in all I think the change is a good thing. I just wish they had added youth Classic pleasure saddle a few years ago! haha

  2. StacyGRS says:

    I think it’s a great thing that cross entering has been allowed. In an 8 day show, with what it costs to go there, I think people should be allowed to cross enter. For the most part, the youth division (probably other than the hunter) has been crippled by not allowing this. Youth EP was huge at one time and now the class doesn’t even exist at a show on the West Coast. Making it 1 class at OKC and then not allowing it to cross with Jr Exb at OKC really made it small for a while so I’m glad they opened it up. Personally, I don’t think there should be an ama masters in every division. I think it should exist in divisions that demand it with numbers only as it has really diluted the ama division (2 yrs ago the ama PD World Champ had 3 in it! That’s a sad day) but they seem determined to keep that so I’m glad at least this should add to numbers. The Morgan world has a habit of having fewer horses and more classes than other breeds and it has made our classes smaller and smaller…not a good thing, IMO.

  3. luvmymorgan says:

    Did anyone else notice that one session of the hunter and jumper classes, Tuesday afternoon, has been moved to the show arena? This would include the Medal over fences. Which makes the footing changed to the slicker fiber footing instead of the sand. I have not shown in that arena for years, but did attend last year to watch and thought I saw a few horses slip on that footing. Although I appreciate the change to attract more spectators, I don’t think I’m going to like the footing in there. Any thoughts from those who have consistantly shown in that arena?

  4. Vintage_Rider says:

    That footing is the pits. I don’t know why they insist on adding the shavings, it looks the same from the stands, and becomes quite slick. You try your best to avoid the slick spots once you found them, notoriously on the long side nearest the show office, midway between rail and judges center. Yeuch.

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