I think you would be surprised if you attended a show now. They are not nearly as extensive and prestigious as they used to be. They are struggling to keep the Get of Sire class at World, which used to be one of the most coveted awards. Over 20 years ago, it had 30+ entries. Now they are lucky to get 3. Carriage classes in particular have declined in interest, mostly as some of the older exhibitors retired. Now the focus is on halter and driving for trainers and breeders, but they still have hunter, jumper, obstacle and liberty as well for those who just want to have fun.These contests are expansions of things not available when I was involved in shows back in 90s. Glad to see that the minis are still working toward expansion of the opportunities to enjoy these great little horses. Geesh, that was 25 yrs ago
Honestly, my real desire for these little ones began when I was maybe 8-10 yrs old. Both my parents were from WV and I was born there. Dad was in the Navy and stationed in Norfolk, VA. Travelling to family visits in WV, we went thru areas of coal mines. Waaaay back then they still used mine ponies. The Spring brought fields of mares and foals to pull off road and watch. Those tiny foals made such a desire in me that many, many years later minis were a passion. Yes, my own tiny foals to hug! . My own farm. I had fulfilled my dreams. I can attest that childhood can mold our futures. Yeah, several riding horses were part of my life, too. Now, I still embrace farm and self provisions with remembrances of the background of my early years.
I will be rooting for you and your horses. Where will the competition be held?