Part of a series of emails to our exhibitors in an effort to provide helpful information about their interaction with the show office and other staff at the show. If you have a particular question you would like addressed, please feel free to make a suggestion. Please note that every effort is made to ensure that all rule citations are current and correct as of the publishing date, however, USEF and other organizations continuously make rule changes throughout the year and with each new year.
What's the Point?
January 2010 Newsletter
As of December 1, 2009, National Horse of the Year Points for First Year Green, Second Year Green, Regular Working, Green Conformation and Regular Conformation ("Open Sections") are based on money won. The dollars won are converted to points. One dollar equals one point for National awards REGARDLESS OF THE DIVISION RATING. Money won in the Open section and Hunter Classic is credited.
In addition, for a horse that has competed in a declared Open section a minimum of five times during the competition year, money won in USHJA International Hunter Derbies will be added to class and classic totals. GR1130.3 The horse need not compete in more than one class of the declared section at five shows to comply with this latter requirement. However, a horse competing in the first class of an "A" section must pay the section fee and management may require a horse that competes in any class of an "A" division to pay the combined fee. HU159.1 Prize money in all rated hunter classes must be distributed with a minimum 30% to 1st, 22% to 2nd and 15% to 3rd. The balance of total prize money may be distributed at management's discretion. HU112.3 as restated in USEF Competition Secretaries and Managers Newsletter (November).
For the Open Sections, Champion receives additional points based on 10% of the total prize money in the section; Reserve Champion points are based on 5% of the total prize money. GR1130.8. For example, a Regular Working Hunter section offering $1000 for the competition, the Regular Working Champion will be awarded 100 points in addition to the class points awarded for the National HOTY awards.
Competitions which limit hunter entries based on winnings must use the National Horse of the Year standings as a means of qualification for the specified time period. GR915.3.b(1).
All Zone awards will continue to be awarded based on point values determined by the increment system. GR1130.3. For the purpose of Zone awards, ribbons won in any "A" or "B" rated section will receive B points.
So depending on your goals, an AA rating with higher fees may not meet your objectives. It is no longer a "one-size-fits-all" system, so take a look before you pay your money and make your point.