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PostSubject: AOTS Classes - Sponsored by "The Ammy Army"   Sat Oct 31, 2009 10:16 am

Okay y'all (that's Texan for everyone),

I realize that I am "brand spankin' new" to horse shows and haven't even participated in my first show yet. HOWEVER, this does not prevent me from dreaming....

Having an acute "attention to detail" type of personality - I have been reading and studying all the USEF rules and AHA rules and came across this in the USEF rules:

AR113 Abbreviations of Class Specifications.

1. The following abbreviations, as defined, will be used to describe class specifications in
each performance section of the Arabian Division.

g. AOTS - Amateur Owned, Trained, and Shown. Classes may be offered in any section.
Exhibitors, attendants, and headers must meet the specifications for amateur status
(refer to GR1306 and GR1307). Horses are not to have been professionally trained for a
period of one year immediately prior to the competition (riding and driving instruction for
the owner to be excluded). In addition, horses are not to be exhibited, prepared,
groomed or schooled with the aid of or by a professional while on or off the competition
grounds immediately before or during the competition. Horses may be stabled with a
professional during the competition, and hauled by a professional. Professional help for
situations relevant to safety is permitted. Owner must sign as owner, trainer, and
rider/driver/handler on the USEF/AHA entry blank.

DOES THIS CLASS DESCRIPTION DESCRIBE MOST OF US OR WHAT????????


Okay, so here's my idea and one that I am attempting for my first show. What if we started (all across the country and across all disciplines) sponsoring (buy a class or whatever you call them) classes that are AOTS and are sponsored by ourselves with the Ammy Army?

For example, I am trying to "buy a class" for HA/AA Hunter Pleasure AOTS at our Christmas show and will list the sponsor as "Dianna Thurston and The Ammy Army."

I think this would be a great place for us to compete and a great way to get our name out to other competitors. In fact, I if we create a place for us and exhibitors like us, we may encourage others with "backyard horses" to come and play at shows, increasing their enjoyment, their knowledge about Arabians and a larger market for future sales, Professional Trainer Clients, etc.

Just a thought.... What do y'all (you guys) think?
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PostSubject: Re: AOTS Classes - Sponsored by "The Ammy Army"   Sat Oct 31, 2009 12:05 pm

Sounds like a pretty good idea ! Especially if you can get a few (or more) people in the class. The more that amateurs can make themselves visible at the shows, the more amateurs will be encouraged to show. Another route to take - if you can get your club to agree to hold the class (if you will find sponsorship for it) BEFORE they have to send the class list into AHA for approval, you will be spared having to spend the extra $$ to buy the class at the show.
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PostSubject: Re: AOTS Classes - Sponsored by "The Ammy Army"   Sat Oct 31, 2009 12:08 pm

That's a good idea. Maybe I can get started with some of the shows I know are coming up around here.

I know the Owners/Managers of the local feed and Ford stores - maybe they would sponsor the class financially and allow me to add "The Ammy Army" to it.
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