ASAW RULES OF COMPETITION
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The ASAW will follow Rules of the US Equestrian Federation for exhibiting and showing of horses and ponies except as otherwise stated in the ASAW Rule Book.
ASHA STATE PLEASURE HORSE AWARDS: Points for ASHA State Pleasure Horse Awards will be calculated from all ASAW Member Shows in both the A and B divisions.
A. GENERAL COMPETITION RULES
1. Season Trophies
Season trophies are awarded only to
ASAW members in good standing and member owned horses and ponies that have been nominated for ASAW Awards. Points earned by a contender prior to payment of membership dues and nomination fees will not be counted toward ASAW Season Trophy Awards. All dues and fees must be paid and received by the ASAW Secretary prior to showing for point credits by ASAW.
2. Nomination of Horses, Ponies and Equitation Riders for Season Trophies
To qualify for an ASAW award, horses and ponies must be owned and nominated by a member of ASAW. A Nomination Fee for each horse, pony and/or rider must be paid prior to showing for earned point credits toward ASAW Season Trophy Awards.
The stated name of the horse or pony being nominated must be the same as it appears on the horse’s or pony’s name change must be submitted in writing to the ASAW Secretary before points can be counted for Season Trophy Awards.
3. Change in Ownership and Transfer of Points
When a horse or pony is sold prior to the end of a season, earned points already credited by ASAW will remain with, and be awarded to, the previous owner unless or until a transfer of points is submitted to the Secretary. Points will be transferred to a new owner only upon receipt by the Secretary of a statement of consent, submitted in writing and signed by both the previous and new owners of the horse or pony.
No transfer of points earned prior to a horse’s or pony’s sale, or credit of points earned subsequent to a horse’s or pony’s sale will be made to any owner who is not, or does not become a member of ASAW. New owners are not required to re-nominate a horse or pony for credit of points earned after a sale if both parties consent to a transfer of points.
4. Age of Exhibitors
For purposes of ASAW competition rules, the age of exhibitor is determined on December 1st and remains throughout the following show season. Exhibitors born on December 1st will assume the greater age on that date.
5. Credit of ASAW Points from Rider Age Group Classes
Points earned will be credited as specified in the ASAW Trophy Class List regardless of age group division of classes at individual member shows. For example, a rider age 15, competing in classes for riders age 17 & Under will have all points credited toward ASAW’s 14 through 17 awards.
All 10 and under equitation rider nominations must declare whether rider is competing for pleasure equitation or saddleseat equitation points. Failure to declare will result in no points credited until a written declaration has been received by the ASAW Secretary.
6. Show Entry Misrepresentation
Misrepresentation of a horse’s or pony’s ownership name, eligibility for a class and/or division, or other information on a show entry form shall result in forfeiture of any ribbons, trophies, cash prizes or points earned. For example, the first class a horse or pony is shown at a show declares its division for that show and cross entry of that horse into another division is considered misrepresentation of its eligibility and will result in forfeiture of winnings from that cross-entered class. A horse or pony entered under an Owner Name other than what is recorded on the horse’s or pony’s registration papers is considered misrepresentation and will result in forfeiture of all points from that show.
7. Violation of ASAW Rules
Complaints regarding ASAW Rules violations must be submitted in writing to the ASAW Secretary for review by the Board not later than ten (10) days following the alleged infraction. Any reported and confirmed rules violations or acts of discourtesy or disobedience to judges and/or Member Show officials by a Member or Member Associate (i.e. trainer, rider, groom, etc.) shall result in forfeit of ASAW points and disqualification from ASAW Season Trophy competition at the discretion of the ASAW Board of Directors.
8. Canceled Shows
Members will be credited with all points earned from classes held at a show that is canceled any time during its scheduled show dates.
9. Loss, Damage, Injury - ASAW shall not, under any circumstances, be held responsible in any way for any loss, damage or injury that may occur in association with and/or the exhibition of horses and ponies.
B. ASAW “A” AND “B” MEMBER SHOW RULES
1. Reservation of Show Dates
ASAW will reserve each member Show’s previous show dates until February 1st of the current year. Show directors must notify ASAW before February 1st of intent to either retain or change previous year dates. Requests for changes in show dates will be considered with respect for dates previously reserved for other Member Shows.
2. Violation of Member Show Rules
Member Show complaints regarding Rules violations by ASAW Members must by submitted in writing to the ASAW Secretary for review by the Board not later than ten (10) days of the alleged infraction.
3. Loss, Damage, Injury
ASAW shall not, under any circumstances, be held responsible in any way for any loss, damage or injury that may occur at the show.
4. Association Membership
Every Member Show must have the words “ Member of American Saddlebred Association of Wisconsin” printed in the front section of its prize list (or class list) and program.
5. Division of Classes
Classes may be split at the discretion of a Member Show’s management and points earned will be credited to all ASAW member participants.
6. Ribbons and Prizes
Member Shows must award at least five (5) ribbons in each class. Cash prizes may be awarded at the discretion of the show’s management. No cash prizes may be awarded in Equitation classes or any other classes where the rider only is judged.
C. ASAW RULES FOR “A” MEMBER SHOWS
1. “A” Show Fees
A fee of $150.00 must be paid for Member Show recognition by ASAW and its members.
2. “A” Show Dates
Two or more “A” Member Shows may be held on the same dates in a season providing they are situated at least 100 miles apart.
3. Show Results
“A” Member Shows must submit to ASAW a complete record of results within fourteen (14) days of the show’s closing day.
4. Required Classes“A” Member Shows must include in their prize list the offering of at least twenty (20) ASAW “A” Trophy Award Classes for two day or longer shows.
5. ASAW Recommendations
It is suggested that: Shows not schedule Ladies, Gentlemen and Junior Exhibitor classes from a division on the same day as the division’s Amateur classes, or age group Pleasure Horse classes on the same day as same age group Pleasure Equitation classes. Prize lists should note that special UPHA and USEF Equitation classes are open to both Saddle Seat and Pleasure Equitation riders. Trimmed Park Horse classes should be limited to riders age 17 & under.
6. ASAW Points
Points will be counted toward ASAW Awards only from Show Classes named the same as those listed as ASAW Award Classes. For example, no points are counted for Maiden or Novice horse and rider classes since ASAW does not offer awards for those classes. Additional classes not eligible for ASAW Points includes but is not limited to Prospect Horse, UPHA, ASHA Medal, Good Hands and Pleasure Medallion Equitation classes, Saddle & Bridle Shatner Western Pleasure and Saddle & Bridle Hunt Seat Classic Classes.
D. ASAW RULES FOR “B” MEMBER SHOWS
1. “B” Show Fees
A fee of $25.00 must be paid for Member Show recognition by ASAW and its members.
2. Show Results
“B” Member Shows must submit to ASAW a complete record of results within fourteen (14) days of the show’s closing day.
3. Required Classes
“B” Member Shows must include in their prize list the offering of at least five (5) ASAW “B” Trophy Award Classes.
4. ASAW Recommendations
It is suggested that: ASAW Trophy Classes be listed as for American Saddlebred (ASB) horses; Saddle Seat, Hunt Seat and/or Western division classes should not be combined; Shows offer separate classes for ASB Show and Country Pleasure horses; Careful consideration be given to scheduling classes so that exhibitors and their horses do not have “back-to-back” classes without a reasonable rest period between events.
5. ASAW Points
Points will be counted toward ASAW Awards only from Show Classes named the same as those listed as ASAW Award Classes. For example, no points are counted for Maiden or Novice horse and rider classes since ASAW does not offer awards for those classes. Additional classes not eligible for ASAW points includes but is not limited to Prospect Horse, UPHA, ASHA Medal, Good Hands and Pleasure Medallion Equitation classes, Saddle & Bridle Shatner Western Pleasure and Saddle & Bridle Hunt Seat Classic classes.
E. ASAW RULES FOR ACADEMY MEMBERSHIP
1. Academy Membership - A special individual Academy membership is eligible only to riders in an Academy program. The Academy nomination fee shall be the same as the Equitation nomination fee. Points will be counted from all Academy Equitation classes at “Open” Academy shows. ASAW Season High Point and Reserve Awards will be given to the riders accumulating the most over all points from any Academy Equitation class.
DIRECTORY/RULE BOOKS WILL BE PROVIDED BY THE SECRETARY UPON REQUEST.