Since the first show I took Maddie to there has been this passion inside of me to see more youth at the shows. Her first breed show she was the only one and this last show she was one of two. I have also noticed that the other classes for old youth are combined a lot because there is a lack of participants.
I fear breed shows are starting to fade away and I really don’t want to see that happen. I know there are shows out there that a very successful and would love to brainstorm and bounce ideas off of other horse show participants on how we can get these classes fill up and make breed showing successful again.
Some of the things I have thought about are: breed show clubs hosting a show at the end of the show season that will be just like a breed show but not require a card (this will help people to see what a breed show is all about), going to the 4-h clubs and presenting to them what breed showing is all about, starting a mentoring program for individuals wanting to breed show but don’t know how to get started, ect.
What ideas do you have on how to fill these classes up? If you're someone wanting to show but haven’t what is keeping you have jumping in there?
We show Pinto but there are many different types of breed shows out there. Lets all become one horse show family and help each other to have successful shows!