I’ve been thinking lately about discussions that have been had in the past about Morgan versatility. It is part of the appeal of our breed after all. There have been few shows I’ve attended that have had some sort of versatility class or award. It’s my understanding that this sort of thing used to be much more common.
It also recently dawned upon me that part of the reason our classes aren’t as large these days as they used to be may not be due to fewer overall horses at a show, but the fact that horses aren’t entering classes across multiple disciplines.Why don’t we do that anymore? I think in becoming more specialized we’ve edged out the exhibitors who can’t afford to own a horse for every division they want to compete in.
How have you seen versatility recognized at various shows? If you were running a show, how would you recognize versatility (ie, would you have some sort of running tally for a horse/rider throughout the course of the show, or have a specific class, etc)? Why do you think this is not as common as it used to be?