I personally have no problem with National qualifications requireing horses having been in performance. People being people will always find a way to shorten the process. However, I sure can get behind a horse like Noble Express, who can successfully do both. I relize it is more time consuming. However, I really like the idea of seeing our older boys in the winners circle. Give the youngsters a chance to grow and mature.
Oh and another thought. I also have no problem with the top 5 (maybe ten) horses having their saddles pulled of and stood in bridle. There's you halter! I personally think it would just make the class more exciting. And would possibly allow us to see the horses without the hard stand. Just a thought.Me again thinking outloud!
Then you're going evaluate the high placing horses and perhaps say "OMG, the head isn't extra type, OMG, there is white sclera, OMG the neck isn't long enough or the throatlatch isn't fine enough, OMG a leg is isn't perfectly straight, OMG the horse has a club foot, OMG, the croup isn't level one bit, but rounded, or sloped off and whatever else one can come up with".
There are MANY, MANY highly successful, fabulous performance horses, all divsions with more than one of the OMG's. So this will never happen IMO.
And likewise, there are MANY MANY highly successful halter horses that could never compete WELL at high performance levels.... , either mentally, or physically, they just can't to the job... so then what?