My name is Todd Quick. I am the Regional Director for Wild Horse Mustang Club in Beaumont, TX and Show Chairman for Ponies in the Park. I would like to provide some feedback to the message posted regarding our upcoming National show in 2013.
The MCA National Show committee proposed, and the MCA Board of Directors voted to approve changes to the National Show Guidelines (Rules by which National shows are operated) last October, becoming effective with the first show of 2013, which just happens to be ours.
One new requirement is that all show participants must be preregistered. There is no longer "Day of Show" sign up anymore, unless one opts for the Display Only class. Since all judged entries must be preregistered starting in 2013, that negates a preregistration discount which has been the norm until now. Also, new for 2013, to be in any judged class you must also be an MCA member, so with that requirement, MCA discount on registration no longer applies. Mr. Steve Prewitt, MCA President, wrote a very good article in Mustang Times outlining why these changes were made several months back. Also, fire extinguishers will be mandatory for each car in order to be on the show field.
So it is a bit of apples and oranges to be comparing any 2012 show to a 2013 show, as these are now operating with 2 different sets of criteria that must be met. As our Show Committee plans this event, we are all working hard to build in as much value for all participants in order to make this a great show to attend.
Although Todd did not break down what each of the over head cost are that need to be covered / paid by everyone attending I can easily understand the difference in cost. If we hold our local show at the Mall or Ford dealer parking lot there is no charge and thus no cost to pass on to the attendees. If we hold it at the local indoor arena there is a $1000 a day fee. That cost would have to be passed on to the attendees. I expect the daily cost for the venue in Beaumont is allot more than a parking lot in Oklahoma.