A great all around show horse takes years to make. I have always believed that western pleasure or hunter under saddle is the base to every great all around horse. You want a horse with natural self carriage, willingness to please, and a good work ethic.
To show all around requires a horse with strength, stamina, and a mind that can handle stress and long days. We as riders demand a lot out of our horse so it is very important that they are trained at home how we want them to perform at a horse show, and to be fit and ready for a rigorous day.
I always encourage my clients to come out and ride so they get to know their all around horse as much as possible. The homework is to be done at home so when we go to shows there is execution and success!