Regional Championship Eligibility Rules

Guidelines for Regional Championship Eligibility

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REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ELIGIBILITY RULES

1.  Exhibitor Eligibility.  Unless modified by this Section, an exhibitor’s eligibility to participate at the RC is governed by the rules and regulations set forth in the current AQHA Official Handbook of Rules and Regulations.  RC eligibility modifications to the rules and regulations set forth in the current AQHA Official Handbook include the following:

(a)  To participate at the RC, an exhibitor, at time of entry through time of RC competition, must be a resident of the region in which they are competing.  Proof of residency may be required by RC Show Management.  

    (i)  An exhibitor may apply for a hardship in order to compete in a region of which     they are not a resident. Application for hardship must be submitted to AQHA on or before the pre-entry deadline of the RC they wish to attend.

(b)  A current AQHA individual membership is required at time of entry through time of RC competition. Membership in an Affiliate in the region is encouraged.

(c)  If an exhibitor placed in the top ten (10) in a halter class at the 2012 FedEx Open (“FedEx Open”), 2012 Bank of America Amateur (“Bank of America Amateur”), 2012 Adequan Select World Championship Show (“Adequan Select”) or 2012 AQHYA Ford World Championship Show (“Youth World Show”), such exhibitor shall be ineligible to compete in any halter class in any Division with a horse of the same sex as the horse that placed in the top ten (10) at the FedEx Open, Bank of America Amateur, Adequan Select or Ford Youth World Show.  
    
(d)  If an exhibitor placed in the top ten (10) in a performance class at the 2012 FedEx Open, 2012 Bank of America Amateur, 2012 Adequan Select or 2012 Ford Youth World Show, such exhibitor shall be ineligible to compete in any Open (Junior or Senior), Amateur, Novice Amateur, Select, Youth or Novice Youth Division classes involving the same event.  

 (e)  Notwithstanding subsection 1.(a) above, full-time college students will be allowed to show in the region where they are attending school when the college is not located in the same region as their primary residence. The student must show official proof of current full time status (12 credit hours) to the show secretary upon entry/check-in at the Regional Championship (e.g., tuition statement, college enrollment documentation, etc...), failing which the entry will be denied.  The show secretary will then inform AQHA in writing of any hardship entries granted pursuant to this subsection (e).

If granted a hardship pursuant to this subsection, the student shall only be allowed to exhibit a horse at the RC that he/she or an immediate family member (according to AQHA rules) is a record owner.  This shall be the case even though the ownership of said horse may be “in” a different region (i.e., the first sentence of subsection 2(a) may be waived). This exception is made for college students only, and no other exhibitor would be allowed to compete with this horse at the RC. The exhibitor and/or horse can compete at only one Regional Championship per calendar year.

2.  Horse Eligibility.  Unless modified by this Section, a Horse’s eligibility to participate at the RC is governed by the rules and regulations set forth in the current AQHA Official Handbook of Rules and Regulations.  RC eligibility modifications to the rules and regulations set forth in the current AQHA Official Handbook include the following:

(a)  To participate in an RC class, a Horse, at time of entry through time of RC competition, must be owned by a resident of the region in which they are competing.  Proof of residency may be required by RC Show Management.  Ownership must have been established by time of entry in the RC.

    (i)  A hardship may be applied for in order to show a horse in a region of which the owner is not a resident. Application for hardship must be submitted to AQHA on or     before the pre-entry deadline of the RC they wish to attend. The application must then be approved by the chairman of each region involved.

(b)  A Horse cannot be shown at more than one (1) RC during the same calendar year.  

(c)  If a Horse placed in the top ten (10) in any halter class at the 2012 FedEx Open, 2012 Bank of America Amateur, 2012 Adequan Select or 2012 Ford Youth World Show, such Horse shall be ineligible to compete in any halter class, regardless of age or sex of the horse, in any Division at the RC.   
     
(d)  If a Horse placed in the top ten (10) in a performance class at the 2012 FedEx Open, 2012 Bank of America Amateur, 2012 Adequan Select or 2012 Ford Youth World Show such Horse shall be ineligible to compete in any Open (Junior or Senior), Amateur, Novice Amateur, Select, Youth, or Novice Youth Division classes involving the same event.

All-Around Eligibility

To be eligible for all-around honors, a horse in the open division, novice amateur and/or amateur, select, novice youth and/or youth must compete in at least three AQHA-approved events in one division in three or more categories. Remember that in the youth and amateur divisions the all-around is figured on a one horse one rider combination.

Novice youth and novice amateur classes, the all-around is figured the same as open, amateur and youth with one exception: The exhibitor may choose to show in a youth or amateur halter class and have that class count toward the respective novice all-around. An exhibitor competing toward two all-around divisions must designate AT TIME OF ENTRY or BEFORE COMPETING IN ANY CLASS which all-around division the halter class will apply toward. No other class shall be eligible to carry over for the novice all-around.

Select classes, the all-around is figured the same as open, amateur and youth with one exception: The exhibitor may choose to show in an amateur halter, team penning, ranch sorting and/or jumping class and have those classes count toward the respective select all-around. An exhibitor competing toward amateur and select all-around divisions must designate AT TIME OF ENTRY or BEFORE COMPETING IN ANY CLASS which all-around division these classes will apply toward. No other class shall be eligible to carry over for the select all-around.

For additional rules governing the tabulation of all-around points, please refer to Rule 417 of the AQHA Official Handbook of Rules and Regulations

 

 

 

 

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