Quick question, if you don't want to read through all the explanation below. Does your horse enjoy going to horse shows? I mean the whole thing: travel, stalls, busy atmosphere, competition? Or does he merely accept it? Or actively dislike it? ******************** Long explanation: last month I bought this random young (5.5 years old) pony. He is a really sweet boy and my intention was for him to be a pet that would be ridden (let me just admit this: by me, not my child) on trails, maybe low-level dressage and jumps. Basically just having fun. Plus just spending time hanging out. Now I'm being told by multiple trainers that he is potentially an AA-level show pony. I am still not entirely clear on what that means, except that he could go to shows I guess. With 100% respect to people who show their horses, I just don't get it (seems like a whole bunch of different types of stress rolled up into one giant ball of stress) and I really have no interest in showing him (plus there probably isn't a division for middle-aged novice women who ride ponies LOL). But, I'm wondering if HE might enjoy it, and if I might consider maybe letting some extremely well-trained and respectful kid take him on a half lease and show him. But only if the pony would really enjoy it. My pony is smart, inquisitive, confident, calm, loves attention, loves people, and loves being in the middle of things. On the other hand, he does tend to be a little spooky around sudden loud sounds and movements like doors opening and closing. He has an alpha personality and sometimes bites and kicks other horses. Probably what I'm going to end up doing is, if his current trainer really thinks he has it in him, have her take him to a small, local, low-key show and see how he does. If he doesn't actually enjoy the experience, I will not pursue it any further. But I'm still curious what other people think about if their horses actually ENJOY this.