The AzQHA gives year-end awards in all AQHA and State approved classes including Youth, Amateur, Select, Novice and Open if offered, and judged five (5) times during the year and the horse or exhibitor has earned at least five (5) points in a class.
To earn State (AzQHA) show points for year-end awards, the owner of the horse must be a member of the AzQHA. Youth and Amateur riders must be members of the AzQHA to earn show points for year-end awards.
All State Memberships must be renewed before January 1 of each year to receive show points from the first of the year. Dues paid after January 1 will receive show points from the date of payment of dues.
(Download 2016 AZQHA AWARDS ELIGIBILITY as a PDF)
Show points are downloaded directly from AQHA’s home office to our points program. Any non AQHA classes are done manually but all points will be placed directly on the website. If you find an error in your points please contact Connie Hay in the AzQHA office, she can answer any questions you might have on points. We track each AzQHA exhibitor by your AQHA member number, so every exhibitor must make sure that we have all your correct AQHA numbers. If you are a youth member and a family member owns the horse you exhibit, we must have the family members AQHA number on your membership file also.
AzQHA 2016 YEAR END AWARDS
AZQHA awards 6 Saddles to the all-around high-point horses in the following divisions: Open (Jr or Sr), Amateur, Select, Novice Amateur, Youth 18 & Under, and Novice Youth.
In all cases, membership must be paid before ANY points will count. The exhibitor is responsible for proving that membership is paid, either by receipt from show secretary or cancelled check.
ALL AROUND HIGH-POINT AWARDS:
Open Horse: Saddle awarded to the open junior or senior horse. Awards for first through fifth places. To be eligible, the junior or senior horse must earn points in at least three categories as defined in the AQHA rulebook. Two of the three categories must have 30 or more points, one of the categories can have a minimum of 10 points.
In all classes except open, points are kept on a horse/rider basis. If two riders show the same horse, a separate set of points will be kept; if a rider shows two horses, a separate set of points will be kept.
Amateur Horse: Saddle awarded to the amateur horse/rider combination earning the most points in amateur classes. Awards for first through fifth places. To be eligible, the amateur horse must earn points in at least three categories as defined in the AQHA rulebook. Two of the three categories must have 30 or more points, one of the categories can have a minimum of 10 points.
Amateur Select: Saddle awarded to the amateur select horse/rider combination earning the most points in amateur select classes. A wards for first through fifth places. To be eligible, the amateur select horse must earn points in at least three categories as defined in the AQHA rulebook. Two of the three categories must have 30 or more points, one of the categories can have a minimum of 10 points.
Novice Amateur: Saddle awarded to the horse/rider combination that earns the most points in all novice amateur classes. Awards for first through fifth places.
Youth 18 & under Horse: Saddle awarded to the horse/rider combination that earns the most points. Awards for first through fifth places. To be eligible, the Youth 18 & Under horse must earn points in at least three categories as defined in the AOHA rulebook. Two of the three categories must have 30 or more points, one of the categories can have a minimum of 10 points.
Novice Youth: Saddle awarded to the horse/rider combination that earns the most points in all novice youth classes. Awards for first through fifth places.
13 & Under: Awards (no saddle) to the exhibitor earning the most points in all 13 & under classes. Exhibitors must be AzQHYA members, however the horse does not need to be a registered quarter horse, (unless the classes are AQHA approved.)
Walk/Trot: Awards (no saddle) to the exhibitor earning the most points in all walk/trot classes. Exhibitors must be AzQHA / AzQHYA members, however the horse does not need to be a registered quarter horse.
Class Awards: Will be offered for high point through third for all classes that have been offered and judged at least five times during the year. The horse must earn at least 5 points in the class.
SCHOOL DAYS: AzQHYA youth activity classes held on a school day will not be counted towards AzQHYA year-end points. Only Saturday and Sunday classes will count for state youth points. At the Sun Circuit or Arizona Fall Championship- classes will count for state year- end points (Saturday & Sunday only) but only classes that are 18 & under will qualify for Youth world show points. See below for qualifying.
YOUTH STATE QUALIFYING: At the Sun Circuit show & Arizona Fall Championship show, ONLY timed events, cattle classes, and over fences classes will count for state qualifying (Saturday & Sunday only). With all other state qualifying shows all classes will count towards qualifying that are 18 & under classes and held on Saturday & Sunday only. Exclusions are for cutting and team-penning classes can be offered any day of the week and will count towards youth qualifying.
* Youth qualifying shows follow AQHYA National qualifying dates – May 1 – April 30. All shows will count starting from May 151 until April 30th for youth qualifying but only on Saturday and Sunday will points count for qualifying and must be 18 & under classes.
Ties: In case of ties for a year-end award, if it is a tie for high-point, then two high-point awards will be given, but no reserve high-point award. If there is a tie for reserve highpoint, then two reserve high point awards will be given but no third place will be awarded and so on through the placing. No ties will be broken in any circumstance for a year-end award.
Class Rules: All classes shall be conducted in accordance with the current AQHA rulebook that will apply unless otherwise stated.
Point System: Points are awarded 9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 if there are nine or more in a class. If there are fewer than 9 entries points shall be awarded based on the number of entries (4 in a class, 1st place receives 4 points, 2nd place receives 3 points, etc.)
Updating points: Points are updated to the AzQHA web site as soon as AQHA has them available. It is up to the exhibitor to contact the point keeper as soon as possible if you feel your points are not correct or missing. The exhibitor must contact the point’s keeper before December 1st to have any changes in the year end point standings changed. We would ask that you check your points after each show that you show in to keep the points up to date for everyone.
Select Exhibitors: All Select exhibitors must declare if they want their State year- end points to count only for Select points. Once you have declared to be Select for the year then all State points will be counted as Select points even if you go into Amateur classes or are combined to an All Age Amateur class at a show. If you do not declare or want your points to count for which ever class you show in (as in the past) you do not have to do anything for us to count your points. AzQHA needs you to declare by February 29th if you have already renewed or if this is a new membership fill out the information on the new membership form at time of application.
Novice Championship State Invitations– AzQHA can send three exhibitors in each novice class that has been offered in AzQHA approved shows during the qualification period. If there are no entries in a class AzQHA can move those three spots to a more popular class and then can send 6 exhibitors in that particular class. Exhibitors only need one invitation to be able to ride in ANY novice classes they are novice in at the Novice Championship Show in Las Vegas. Those exhibitors that nationally qualify (showed to 20 judges) will be taken off the state qualifying list to help move some exhibitors up on the list of state qualifiers. All invitations will come from AQHA and will be notified by emai1. Please contact AQHA to make sure your email information is updated on their records.