Point System

MQHA Year End Award Rules

MQHA Year End Points System & Qualification Requirements  (Revised 2015)

MQHA YEAR END AWARD RULES

To compete for MQHA Year End Awards, all exhibitors and All Owner/Owners must be members in good standing of MQHA prior to earning any year end points. Memberships can be purchased at all MQHA shows or prior to all shows by completing and mailing an application form with appropriate payment to the MQHA Membership Director.  For individual youth classes this is not necessary.  However, in order to compete for the All Around Youth, All Around Novice Youth and All Around Small Fry year end awards exhibitors and owners must be members in good standing with MQHA.  To be a member in good standing all members must also be member of Manitoba Horse Council or equivalent (meaning Saskatchewan Horse Federation or Alberta Horse Federation, etc.

You must also compete in 4 MQHA approved shows in order to qualify for a year end award.

To compete for Youth Year End individual class award, including Small Fry; the exhibitor only needs to be a member of MQHYA in good standing and attend 2 MQHA approved shows.

Beside membership requirements and amount shows, the following applies in order to qualify for MQHA Year End All Around Awards for Open, Youth and Amateur.
In order to qualify for an all around in the open division the horse must meet the requirements of rules SHW 803.5, SHW803.6, and SHW803.7.  In order to qualify for an all around award in youth and amateur divisions, the horse / exhibitor combination must meet the requirements of AQHA rules SHW 803.5, SHW803.6, and SHW803.7.  To qualify for the all around Small Fry, all points from all classes will be used, thus the exhibitor with the most amount of points will be deemed the hi-point all around.

AQHA rules SHW 803.5, SHW803.6, and SHW803.7 are listed below for review.

SHW803.5 To be eligible for all-around honors, a horse in the open division, amateur in the amateur division, select amateur in the Select amateur classes or youth in the youth division must compete in at least three AQHA-approved events in one division – open, amateur, Select amateur classes or youth – in three or more categories.

SHW803.6 The winner of the all-around award is determined by adding points earned by each horse in the open division, or contestant/horse in amateur, Select amateur and youth in every approved class in which it placed in the top nine. The horse in the open division, or contestant/horse in amateur, Select amateur and youth, having competed in at least three of the approved events in three or more categories and earning the greatest number of points shall be awarded the all-around trophy.

SHW803.7 Green western riding, green trail, green working hunter, green jumping, green western pleasure, green hunter under saddle and boxing points do not count toward the all-around trophy.

Should a class in an age category not be offered or if an age category is combined (example youth 13 and under and youth 14-18 or Amateur and select amateur or junior and senior) those points earned go towards the exhibitors or horses substantive.

EXAMPLE: Amateur Select Hunt Equitation and Amateur Hunt Seat Equitation are combined, an Amateur Select riders points earned will go towards their Amateur Select year end award.

Year End MQHA Point Schedule (Top Placing not to exceed 9 points)
Placing :     1 2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9
# in class
1 in class
2                                                 1
3                                            2   1
4                                 4   3   2   1
5                             5  4   3   2   1
6                       6   5  4   3   2   1
7                  7   6   5  4   3   2   1
8             8   7   6   5  4   3   2   1
9+       9   8   7   6   5  4   3   2   1

Category I Halter/Performance Halter
Category II Reining
Working Cow Horse
Boxing****
Western Riding
Trail
Category III Team Penning
Ranch Sorting
Barrel Racing>
Pole Bending
Stake Race****
Cowboy Mounted Shooting
Category IV Jumping
Working Hunter
Hunter Hack
Category V Western Pleasure
2-Year-Old Western Pleasure*
Ranch Pleasure
Hunter Under Saddle
Pleasure Driving**
Category VI Tie-down Roping
Breakaway Roping****
Dally Team Roping-Heading
Dally Team Roping-Heeling
Cutting
****Category VII Showmanship at Halter
Western Horsemanship
Hunt Seat Equitation
Equitation Over Fences
Category IX Versatility Ranch Horse
Ranch Riding
Ranch Trail
Ranch Cutting
Working Ranch
Ranch Conformation
Stallions
Mares
Geldings
Ranch Conformation (youth)
Mares
Geldings

* Open division only
** Open and amateur divisions only
****Amateur and youth divisions only

The AQHA Official Handbook of Rules and Regulations
AQHA’s Handbook

MQHA Lead Line & Small Fry Division Classes

Horses entered in the Lead Line and Small Fry Division must follow all other eligibility rules required by AQHA.

General Rules:

  1. An exhibitor will be judged as per the current AQHA Handbook for the class in which they are

Competing in.

  1. Points are accumulated by the rider not the horse and will be calculated per the youth point system and shall be placed 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.
  2. An exhibitor entering Lead Line may not enter any other class with the exception of Youth Halter and Showmanship
  3. An exhibitor entering the Small Fry Division may not enter any other class with the exception of Youth Halter and Showmanship.
  4. An exhibitor in the Lead Line class must have his or her feet in the stirrups and the stirrups must be securely attached to the saddle. Stirrups that attach to the horn will be accepted.
  5. An exhibitor may not ride or lead a stallion in a Lead Line, or the Small Fry classes.
  6. An exhibitor may enter either a Lead Line or a Small Fry class, but not both. An exhibitor may only receive a year‐end award in either Lead Line or in the Small Fry riding classes, not both.
  7. The horse used in the Lead Line or Small Fry classes does not have to owned by the exhibitor or his or her family.
  8. The horse must be 3 years of age or older as of January 1st of the current year.
  9. An exhibitor cannot be tied, buckled, or fastened in the saddle in any manner or by any means during competition
  10. We strongly encourage an approved helmet be used in lead line and all small fry riding classes.

Lead Line

  1. The age for a Lead Line participant is 7 years and under, as of January 1st of the show year.
  2. An exhibitor may show in either Western or English attire (per current AQHA Handbook) in the Lead Line.
  3. In Lead Line the horse must be led by a lead shank attached to a halter that is under a bridle, head stall or bosal.
  4. Lead Line classes will be performed in both directions at a walk only. A backup when in line is optional.
  5. Once an exhibitor has graduated to the Small Fry Division during a show year, he/she cannot return to Lead Line. Graduation is deemed to have taken place once the exhibitor has successfully completed a small fry riding class.
  6. The LEADER of the lead line exhibitor must be a minimum of 16 years of age.

Small Fry 12 & Under Division:

  1. The age for a Small Fry participant is 12 years and under, as of January 1st of the show year.
  2. Exhibitors will be judged according to AQHA rules for their class only gaits will be limited to walk, jog/trot – no lope or canter. Exhibitors will be required to perform an individual pattern where appropriate for that class.
  3. Once an exhibitor has graduated to Youth/Novice Youth during a show year, he/she cannot return to Small Fry.

WalkJog/Trot 13 and Over Division:

  1. An exhibitor will be judged as per the current AQHA Handbook for the class in which they are

Competing in.

  1. Two year olds may not be shown until after July 1.
  2. Age – 13 years & over as of January 1st of the show year.
  3. Eligible exhibitors cannot show the horse in any corresponding AQHA class that requires a lope/canter.
  4. Exhibitors will be judged according to AQHA rules for their class, only gaits will be limited to walk, jog/trot – no lope or canter. Exhibitors will be required to perform an individual pattern where appropriate for that class.
  5. Open to all breeds of horses.

Walk / Trot Trail:

This class is open to horses that have not yet loped in a trail class. The class can be entered by youth, amateurs or professional riders. The class is a walk/jog class only and will be judged as per the current AQHA Handbook