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Year End High Point Awards Rules
AWARDS CHAIRMAN: Lyn Leigers
(Rules Revision 2001)

A trophy and six ribbons will be awarded annually in the following divisions:

  1. All-Morgan: Given for points earned in classes specifying Morgans only.
  2. Saddleseat (Pleasure or Park): Given for points earned in mounted English Pleasure, Classic Pleasure, Park, Road Hack classes or Go As You Please (Morgan or Open when the horse wears a cut-back style saddle and the rider wears a saddle suit. (Hunter tack and attire is not allowed.)
  3. Pleasure or Park Driving: Given for points earned in Pleasure or Park Driving classes, Morgan or Open. (Points earned in driving competitions such as Combined Driving, Carriage, Cross Country, Obstacles, etc. apply to the Sport Horse Award.)
  4. Western Pleasure: Given for points earned in Western Pleasure or Go As You Please (Morgan or Open). In classes open to both Western and English tack (e.g. Go As You Please, Command) points will be applied to the division that the horse’s tack and rider’s apparel matches.
  5. Hunter Pleasure: Given for points earned in Hunter Pleasure, Hunter Under Saddle, Hunter Hack, Hunter Halter, Go As You Please (Morgan or Open) when the horse wears a hunt seat type saddle. Classes such as those that specify "Hunter Over Fences" or are called "Working Hunter" do not count for this award, but are applied to the Sport Horse Award when that division has been selected. (If a horse has earned a Show High Point Hunter Championship Award but has not shown over fences, those points will be applied to the Hunter Pleasure Division. Horses showing over fences for the Show High Point Championship Award will have those points applied toward the Sport Horse Award.)
  6. Sport Horse: Given for points earned in Dressage, Combined Training competitions, Carriage Driving, CDE, Working Hunter /Over Fences and Jumper classes, Competitive, Endurance and Judged Trail Riding, Show Trail classes, and Working Western classes such as Reining, Cutting, Team Penning. Classes may be Morgan only or Open. (The same scoring section will be used for all competition placings. Test sheets/scores must accompany ODMHA point sheet.)
  7. Dressage:  This category includes any dressage test at any level.  Classes may be Morgan only or open. Test sheets/scores must accompany ODMHA point sheet.
  8. Carriage Driving:  This category includes any class for carriage driving and also includes CDE.  Classes may be Morgan only or open. Test sheets/scores must accompany ODMHA point sheet.
  9. Working Hunter/ Over fences:  This category includes any class that involves jumping fences and also working hunter classes. Classes may be Morgan only or open. Test sheets/scores must accompany ODMHA point sheet.
  10. Endurance and judged trail riding: This category includes any competitive trail ride attended that is either judged or endurance. Rides may be Morgan only or open.Test sheets/scores must accompany ODMHA point sheet.
  11. Working Western division: This category includes classes such as reining, cutting, and team penning. Classes may be Morgan only or open.Test sheets/scores must accompany ODMHA point sheet.
  12. Halter: Given for points in Morgan and/or Open competition. No points for horses being judged as part of a group, i.e. Get of Sire, Produce of Dam, etc.
  13. Junior Horse: Horse must be 4 years of age or younger. Given for points earned in Morgan and/or Open competition in any classes accepted in the ODMHA High Point Awards program.
  14. Sweet Promise Farm Gelding: Given for points earned in Morgan and/or Open competition in any classes accepted in the ODMHA High Point Award program. (Not limited to classes specifying geldings.
  15. Open Competition: Given for points earned in all classes and/or events that do not specify Morgans only. (Equitation and Fitting & Showmanship classes do not count for this award.)
  16. Green Bay Equitation: Given for points earned in equitation classes by riders 17 years of age and under as of start of the AHSA competition year, for Saddle Seat, Hunt and Stock/Western Seat in Morgan and/or Open classes. (Points may also be applied to Junior Exhibitor Award.)
  17. Junior Exhibitor of the Year: Participants must be 17 years or under as of January 1 of the year of the award. Given for highest total points accumulated during the year. In case of a tie, the junior member with the most points from equitation classes shall be the winner. In the case of a further tie, the junior member with the most points in Showing & Fitting classes shall be the winner.
  18. Adult Amateur Owner To Show: Exhibitors must be amateurs 18 years of age of over as of the start of the AHSA competition year. Given for the highest number of points accumulated during the year. Only one horse may be used toward this award. Horse must be owned by the amateur or the amateur’s immediate family. Leased horses may be used only if the lease is recorded with AMHA. Horse and exhibitor must be registered on the nomination form. (Horse may be ridden by others, but points for this award will count only when exhibited by the registered Amateur Owner.)
  19. Amateur Division: Exhibitors must be amateurs 18 years of age or over at the start of the AHSA competition year.  More than one horse may go towards your points of this award.  Horses ridden DO NOT have to be owned by rider for the rider to receive the points.
  20. Morgan Promotion: (For Adults 18 years of age or over as of January 1 of the competition year.) Given for points earned for activities including hosting and/or participating in an Open Barn, horse expos, festivals, etc., giving clinics, taking part in Parades, Drill Teams, etc. (See additional information under the same heading below in these Rules.) Points can be earned in this Division without horse ownership. THERE IS NO FEE FOR THIS DIVISION.
  21. Youth Achievement: ($5.00 fee unless the horse used has been registered with the Awards Program and the $15.00 registration fee has been paid.) See information under this heading below. Points can be earned in this Division without horse ownership.
  22. Morgan Pathways Program:  Given for points earned riding/driving your Morgan in a non-competitive setting.  This category will mirror the AMHA Morgan Pathways Program, however you do not need to be a member of the AMHA; you do need to be a member of the ODMHA.  Eligible hours include time spent on pleasure trail rides, training/lesson time, time on non-competitive group trail rides or drives, and saddletime you spend working or enjoying Morgans.  (Hours spent showing, grooming, and on competitive rides are NOT eligible.)  An annual award will be presented to the member “logging” the most eligible hours on the AMHA Morgan Pathways log sheet.  The log sheet can be downloaded from the AMHA web site.


Section B: General Rules

  1. The AMHA Morgan Pathways Program log sheet will be maintained by the participant from Oct 16 to Oct 15 the following year.  The log sheet will then be totaled by the participant, signed and submitted to the chairman by Oct 30.  There is no fee for Morgan Pathways Program.  This division will not count toward any other division awards.

  2. Scoring begins Oct. 16 and ends Oct. 15 each year. When a show commences on October 15 and runs more than one day, the points will be counted in the year of the starting date of the show.
  3. Points will be counted for all classes entered, regardless of number of entries. However, half points will be given for classes with 2 or fewer entries.
  4. For awards given to the horse rather than the rider, points will count regardless of the number of exhibitors of that horse.
  5. It is the responsibility of the participant to submit to the Scoring Chairman the complete results for all events in which he/she placed (or took part) and wished to have credited. These results must be postmarked no later than 3 weeks from the close of the competition or activity.
  6. A program or prize list giving the names of show officials, list of classes and show rating must accompany the official score sheet. Signatures will not be required for AHSA and/or VHSA rated shows, but will be required for non-rated shows or events.
  7. Results shall be sent to the Scoring Chairman on the official score sheets of ODMHA. Separate forms for EACH horse and rider combination MUST be used.
  8. Only registered Morgans are eligible for the awards program. The horse owner and all riders, drivers & handlers who show or compete with the horse must be paid up members in good standing with ODMHA. All dues and nomination forms and fees must be paid by the time the first points are submitted
  9. A sign up fee of $15.00 per horse must be submitted to the Scoring Chairman with the NOMINATION FORM. There will be a fee of $5.00 for participation in Youth Achievement unless the $15.00 fee for the horse has already been paid. (No fee for Morgan Promotion.)
  10. Points may be applied to multiple divisions where appropriate. (E.g., a 4 yr. old gelding placing in Morgan Pleasure Driving, may have points applied to All-Morgan, Junior Horse, Driving & Gelding awards. Inclusion in Horse of the Year is automatic.
  11. To be eligible to receive awards in the ODMHA High Point program, the horse must have been exhibited (but not necessarily placed) in one of the following shows: ODMHA Spring, ODMHA Fall Show, VA State Horse Show, or any show in Virginia having Morgan classes conforming to AHSA /VHSA rules.(Exceptions: Youth Achievement, Promotion and Sport Horse Division)

    NOTE: Exhibitors may submit points prior to exhibiting in a qualifying show. The points will be permanently recorded when this requirement has been met.

  12. In case of a tie, duplicate awards will be presented except for Horse of the Year, Junior Exhibitor or any perpetual trophy. (See specifications for these divisions listed below.)
  13. Placings in Futurity classes will not be counted in the High Point Program.
  14. Presentation of awards will be made at the Annual ODMHA Meeting and Banquet.
  15. In cases of dispute, the Awards Committee shall have the authority to render a decision by majority vote and that decision shall be final.

 


Section C: Awarding of Points

Points will be awarded for divisions as described below.
Points earned in ODMHA-sponsored shows will be doubled.
(In all classes where there are 2 entries or less, points will be credited.)

Non-Championship Classes
  1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th
AHSA/VHSA A 24 20 16 12 8 6 4 2
AHSA/VHSA B 12 10 8 6 4 2    
All Others 6 5 4 3 2 1    

Championship Classes
  1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th
AHSA/VHSA A 48 40 32 24 16 12 8 4
AHSA/VHSA B 24 20 16 14 12 10    
All Others 12 10 8 6 4 2    

National Championship/National Finals
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
52 46 36 30 22 18 14 10 8 7

World Championships
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
60 52 44 36 28 24 20 16 14 13

Shows that award Championships in division such as English Division Champion or Show Champion by accumulated points for class placings rather than in a Championship class will be counted as follows:
Division Show Champion
  Champion Reserve Champion Reserve
ASHA or VHSA "A" 24 20 48 40
AHSA or VHSA "B" 20 16 25 20
All Others 10 8 12 10

NOTE: Points won in Versatility classes such as English/Western or Ride/Drive, will be counted half for each appropriate division.

ODMHA Horse of the Year

  1. This is a Challenge Trophy to be won three times, not necessarily in succession, by the same owner for permanent possession. Names of winning horse and owner to be engraved each year.
  2. All horses entered in the ODMHA awards program will be automatically entered for this award at no additional fee.
  3. To be given to the horse with the highest total of points acquired during the current year. Points will be counted only once from each class regardless of the number of divisions in which these points have been counted for various awards.
  4. In the case of a tie, the horse with the most points from In Hand classes shall be the winner. In case of a further tie, the horse with the most points from classes specifying Morgans shall be the winner.

Section D: Additional Information for Specific Divisions

Youth Achievement Award: ($5.00 registration fee unless the horse used has already been registered with the Awards Program and the $15.00 fee has been paid.)

  1. All General Rules apply to this award except where noted. Points are earned for non-competitive activities except where noted.
  2. Participants must be 17 years of age or under as of January 1 of the year of the award.
  3. Points may be earned for activities that do not require a horse. When points are earned for activities with a horse, more than one horse may be used to earn points. Participants must submit the name of the horse(s) to the Awards Chairman on the Nomination Form.
  4. Participant must be a member in good standing with the ODMHA. Participation in non-rated and/or non-show activities and events must be attested to by an official of the competition or event and submitted under the guidelines of the ODMHA Year End High Point Awards program.
  5. Points may be earned as follows:
    1. Club Memberships
      ODMHA Active Youth Group 50
      AMHAY 50
      4-H Horse Club 50
      Pony Club 50
      Other horse club organizations 25
      Sponsoring new Active Youth Group member 25
       
    2. Hold Office in:
      ODMHA Active Youth Group 100
      AMHAY 100
      Other horse organizations 50
       
    3. Meetings (Attendance)
      ODMHA Active Youth Group Meeting 50
      Host Active Youth Group Meeting 50
      AMHAY Meeting 50
      ODMHA Meeting 50
      Other Horse Club/Organization 25
       
    4. AMHA & AMHAY Activities and Programs
      AMHA Pathways Program, per mileage patch 75
      AMHAY Horsemastership Program
          Complete half of badge level  125
          Complete second half of badge level  150
          Complete Sherman level 500
      AMHA Youth of the Year Contest 100
      AMHAY Horse Bowl contestant 50
      AMHAY regional or national officer 100
       
    5. ODMHA Active Youth Group & ODMHA Activities 
      ODMHA Shows-Youth Booth volunteer, per session (Includes lemonade cart) 50
      Youth Booth (spring show) per session  50
      Youth Booth (other shows) per session 50
      ODMHA volunteer work(e.g. sorting ribbons, helping at hospitality booth, helping to set up dinners, parties, etc. at shows, setting up for ODMHA meetings, Pot Lucks, etc.) 25
       
    6. Other Activities 
      Clinics/Workshops/Field Day (per half day session) Mounted or driving student 100
      Demonstrator  75
      Audit (non-mounted or mounted on non-Morgan)  50
      Judging Team (per practice or activity)  50
      Judging Team Competition Participant  150
      Organized trail ride participant (non-judged/non-competitive)  50
      Parade (mounted or driving participant)  50

      Book Reports (Written, age-appropriate book report submitted to Awards Chairman. Should include title, author, publisher Copyright date, number of pages, as well as a neat written summary of the book.) 

      25

    Sport Horse Division

    (For point scoring, see Section C: Awarding of Points)
      1. Dressage Competitions
      2. Driving Competitions (Combined, obstacles, cross-country, dressage.
      3. Working pleasure, etc.)
      4. Combined Training/Horse Trials
      5. Working Hunter
      6. Show Jumping
      7. Competitive & Endurance Trail Riding
      8. Judged Trail Ride
      9. Show Trail Classes
      10. Working Western (e.g. Reining, Cutting, Team Penning, etc.)

    Morgan Promotion

    1. Holding/Hosting Open Barn  100
    2. Participating in Open Barn
        Mounted or Driving  50
        Non-mounted  40
    3. Clinics/Workshops/Seminars (Per day session)
        Mounted or Driving (Instructor)  50
        Mounted or Driving (Student)  25
    4. Parades (Per parade) 25
    5.  Drill Team Participation (Per exhibition)  25
    6. Fox Hunting, Hill Topping (Per outing)  25
    7. Participating in events such as Horse Expos
       Organizing event  100
       Mounted or Driving  50
        Non-Mounted  25
    8.  Organized trail rides/drives (non-competitive) open to other breeds  25
    9.  Sponsoring:
        ODMHA YEA Awards Division  50
        ODMHA Class Sponsor – Fall Show  75
        ODMHA Class Sponsor – Spring Show  50
        Morgan Division -- Open Trail (Judged or Competitive), e.g.  50
    10.  Write article published in Morgan or general horse magazines, or newspapers, (not "newsletters")  75

Section E: Divisions

 

1. Morgan Pathways Program:  Given for points earned riding/driving your Morgan in a non-competitive setting.  This category will mirror the AMHA Morgan Pathways Program, however you do not need to be a member of the AMHA; you do need to be a member of the ODMHA.  Eligible hours include time spent on pleasure trail rides, training/lesson time, time on non-competitive group trail rides or drives, and saddletime you spend working or enjoying Morgans.  (Hours spent showing, grooming, and on competitive rides are NOT eligible.)  An annual award will be presented to the member “logging” the most eligible hours on the AMHA Morgan Pathways log sheet.  The log sheet can be downloaded from the AMHA web site.

 

Section F: General Rules

 

1.  The AMHA Morgan Pathways Program log sheet will be maintained by the participant from Oct 16 to Oct 15 the following year.  The log sheet will then be totaled by the participant, signed and submitted to the chairman by Oct 30.  There is no fee for Morgan Pathways Program.  This division will not count toward any other division awards.

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