The horse industry as a whole is growing tremendously, but is it growing in the wrong way? Well let's consider this. If our shows are growing in class size, that is showing that the number of horse owners, breeders, trainers, and riders is also growing. The size is growing but the diversity among breeds is not.
Over the past few years, data has shown that the most popular breeds and most populated associations are some of the following; American Quarter Horse Association, American Reining Horse Association, and American Paint Horse Association. The slow decrease in numbers of the lesser known breeds is overwhelmingly alarming. The problem with the number of these breeds dropping, is that with a very diverse group of horses, it provides a much more complex and unique showing experience.
With the growth of the APHA, AQHA, ARHA, and other popular breeds; shows exhibit mainly these breeds of horses. Just imagine how informative and intriguing shows would be with multiple breeds, riding disciplines and classes. The way to do this is to inform everyone of the equine industry and spread the word. Inform everyone of how we will make the industry truly amazing.
-Mackenzie Taylor (@macktaylor1013)
Author: Mackenzie Taylor