You can do only lessons with your horse in AQHA and do well. My friend that I took with me last week who doesn't have a trainer like me just won the reserve amateur all around at the Level 1 Championship West with a first in SMS, second in HMS, fifth in rookie trail, fourth in halter some other top tens and finalists. She used another trainer friend just at the show for a charge of day fees each day that he helped her for a total of $200. She is a college student on a small budget. Plus she rode in my old Bob's with the placings in western because she found her Blue Ribbon does not fit her horse. And she rode in the Bob's with the trainer's approval. And she also had on a plain pretty burgundy shirt. And I came home with three top tens with no trainer help at all at the show. This is her in her western outfit getting her reserve all around.