the walk trot ting take a leaf out of the Victorians book they call it a topsy ring, if you look like you are a hackie and under showing then you are not allowed in it to compete. The idea was to give people just starting out a fair chance My horse was shown unofficial for years he went from one champ to another and also hack of the day at Northam Ag, the only reason he stayed in unofficial for so long his rider who leased him wasnt prepared to push herself to the next stage, even tho horse was, plus judges were telling her to do it . When he came home to us my 12 yo daughter started to show him once as unofficial for another champion win, then we bit the bullet and took him official it was a huge jump and we had to learn how to do every thing better. He won a few champions but not as much as he had prev. We had a good laugh at one show interstate judge told my daughter he was way to educated to be a novice. No he wasn't a novice but technically he was, as he hadnt won more than 3 firsts in the official hack ring ))pays to read the fine print if you avoid the dreaded canter in company how on earth do you get better at it? avoiding it wont fix the problem.