Back Numbers Required at the AQHA World Shows
The American Quarter Horse Association has decided to follow suit of other segments of the equine industry, including the Federation Equestre Internationale, to require exhibitor numbers to be worn all times when a horse is being worked at the Built Ford Tough AQHYA, Adequan Select and AQHA World Championship Show. An extra schooling number and a number for the halter will be provided in entry packets when exhibitors pick up those packets from the show office.
“We believe that requiring numbers while working horses is a positive step in the right direction to make AQHA showing the best it can be,” said Pete Kyle, AQHA chief show officer.
“Number requirement while working horses is not uncommon in the horse industry,” he explained. “It is for the benefit of exhibitors and their horses. It is a more formal way of knowing every horse and person on the grounds, in addition to helping stewards become more familiar with the horses and riders.”
“This has been a practice the equine world has become accustomed to, and with AQHA being the leader in equine registry, it is only natural that the Association would follow suit,” said AQHA Steward Butch Carse.
“It is also a way for spectators and fans alike to identify horses and competitors, and is nothing but positive in my eyes,” he added.
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