AzQHA AWARDS

The AzQHA gives year-end awards in all AQHA classes approved by AzQHA,  including Rookie, Youth, Amateur, Select, Level 1 and Open if offered, in at least 4 events listed on the AzQHA web site event calendar by the end of the qualifying period, which is December 31.

To earn State (AzQHA) show points for year-end awards, the owner of the horse must be a member of the AzQHA. Open classes owners AND Open riders must be AzQHA members for open year end awards.  Youth and Amateur riders must own or have a family horse for youth and must be members of the AzQHA to earn show points for year-end awards.

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Points

AzQHA points system is viewable/printable by clicking here, and National AQHA points are downloadable from AQHA. You will need your AQHA membership number to download points from AQHA.

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 – 2021 membership form

ELIGIBILITY

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.

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2021 YEAR END AWARDS PROGRAM

In all cases, membership must be paid before ANY points will count.  The exhibitor/owner is responsible for proving that membership is paid, either by receipt from a show secretary or cancelled check.  In all classes all RIDERS MUST HAVE a membership and the OWNERS of the HORSE MUST also have a membership.  Points are kept on a horse/rider basis for amateur and youth, 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.

For 2021, the AzQHA Board of Directors has added for the No Bling and Sonoita shows a Hi Point Champion and Reserve awards for the Level 1 Youth, Youth, Level 1 Amateur, Amateur, Rookie Youth, Rookie Adult, All Breed Youth, All Breed Adult, Walk Trot classes.  To qualify you must go to 3 of the 4 shows offered in 2021: February 6 & 7 No Bling at Horse Lovers Park, May 1 &2 No Bling at Westworld, Sonoita Show TBA (Oct), Dec 4 & 5 No Bling Queen Creek.

We are excited to offer these new awards for our exhibitors just coming to our No Bling shows and for those that come to the No Bling and the other great shows Arizona offers the No Bling shows will also count for the main year end awards also.

Also added to our awards list for 2021 is Champion and Reserve awards for HI point Level 2 classes in Youth, Amateur and Select- these classes are not under the 4 event rule as the normal event classes since these classes are only offered at Sun Circuit, EMO Circuit in Las Vegas and the Arizona Fall show.

Ranch and Cattle High Point

Classes to be counted: Cow Horse, Cow Horse Boxing, Cutting, Roping, Reining, Ranch Riding Ranch Trail, and Speed events.  All points are counted on one horse/rider (owners and riders for open classes must be members) combination.

Divisions are:

  • Open, (includes Jr & Sr classes)
  • Youth or Level 1 Youth
  • Amateur
  • Select
  • Level 1 Amateur

Pattern and Rail High Point

Classes to be counted: Showmanship, Horsemanship, Equitation, Western Pleasure, Western Riding, Trail, Hunter under Saddle, Jumping, Working Hunter, Equitation over Fences, Hunter Hack, Driving and Halter.  All points are counted on one horse/rider (owners and riders for open classes must be members) combination.

Divisions are:

  • Open, (includes Jr & SR classes)
  • Youth
  • Level 1 Youth
  • Amateur
  • Select
  • Level 1 Amateur

Versatility Ranch Horse High Point

Classes to be counted: VRH cutting, VRH cow work or VRH limited cow work, VRH ranch riding, VRH trail, VRH reining.   All points are counted on one horse/rider combination. Champion $500 gift certificate and Reserve $250.00 gift certificate in these divisions: Open, Amateur, Youth, Limited cow work will be counted under the amateur or youth points for this award only.

Qualifying- to qualify for all AzQHA year-end awards you must show in at least 4 EVENTS listed on the AzQHA web site (www.azqha.org) event calendar by the end of the qualifying period which is December 31.

If a class is not offered at a minimum of 4 events the exhibitor must have shown to at least five judges during the calendar year.

Awards– Open Champion High Point award for Pattern and Rail will receive a $1000.00 gift certificate the Reserve High Point will receive a $500.00 gift certificate.

Youth, L1 Youth, L1 Amateur and Amateur and/or Select will receive a $1000.00 gift certificate the Reserve High Point will receive a $500.00 gift certificate. In 2020, a Third place has been added and will receive a $250.00 gift certificate.

Open Champion High Point award for Ranch and Cattle will receive a $1000.00 gift certificate the Reserve High Point will receive a $500.00 gift certificate.

Youth, L1 Youth, L1 Amateur and Amateur and/or Select will receive a $1000.00 gift certificate the Reserve High Point will receive a $500.00 gift certificate. In 2020, a Third place has been added and will receive a $250.00 gift certificate.

Versatility Ranch Horse High point Champion receives a $500.00 gift certificate and the Reserve High Point will receive a $250.00 gift certificate.

Class awards for Open will now be given for Champion and Reserve only.  In 2020- Rookie, L1 Youth, L1 Amateur, Amateur, Select class awards will be awarded first through fifth in all classes.

VRH classes will also be given class awards for Champion and Reserve in Open, Amateur, Youth, Limited Amateur, Limited Youth.

Ties in year end points will be broken there will only be one Champion in the year end class.

If exhibitors tie for Champion this will be the tie breaker criteria:

  1. Number of shows attended
  2. Number of shows attended other than Sun Circuit and Az Fall Championship.
  3. Highest number of AQHA points earned by horse/rider combo at qualified shows.

The exhibitor(s) that lose the Champion tie breaker will then all be named the Reserve champion.  No other awards will be given to lower placing points.

If the exhibitors tie for Reserve this will be the tie breaker criteria:

  1. Number of shows attended
  2. Number of shows attended other than Sun Circuit and Az Fall Championship.
  3. Highest number of AQHA points earned by horse/rider combo at qualified shows.

The exhibitors(s) that lose the Reserve tie breaker will not be awarded any awards.  Only one Reserve award will be given.

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 keeper before December 15th 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 April 15th 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.

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.

 

YOUTH WORLD SHOW AND YEAR END QUALIFYING RULES

SCHOOL DAYS: AzQHYA youth classes held on a school day (Monday – Friday) 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, which can be offered any day of the week and will count towards youth qualifying.

* AQHYA National qualifying dates – May 1 – April 30. For 2021 No qualifying will be needed to go to Youth World.  All shows will count starting from May 1st until April 30th for youth qualifying but only on Saturday and Sunday will points count for qualifying and must be 18 & under classes.

AzQHYA welcomes all youth whether showing or not, to join in our affiliate. AzQHA is proud to have a long history of supporting our Youth World show team and sponsors the Youth World team by paying for stalls and entries. Our goal is to send the best Youth team to the AQHA world show in Oklahoma City and to create fun, excitement and learning opportunities.

AzQHYA members may be on the Youth World team in two ways.  All youth that show and receive the necessary AQHA qualifying points for each class can nationally qualify to be on the Arizona team.  Those that do not qualify nationally may be on the youth team by state qualifying in their classes.  The state qualified youth must be one of the top 4 point earners in the state points for the qualifying year.  The Youth Advisor may allow up to 6 state qualifiers in certain more popular classes.  All youth world show team members both nationally and state qualified must complete 8 hours of community service.  A signed letter must be given to the youth advisor and the letter must show where and when the hours were completed.