AQHYA World Championship Show 2014
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July 31-August 8, 2015, Oklahoma City

Journal at the World

August 5, 2011

Changes, Changes

AQHA will implement new rules and procedures at the 2011 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show. Do you know what they are?

AQHA Intermediate Champion Award

AQHA will recognize the top three Intermediate exhibitors in each class at all four of its world championship shows. Journal photo.

Shootout Round

AQHA will continue with the current practice that the top 15 exhibitors in a world show class, plus ties, automatically advance to the finals. However, in individually scored classes with more than 80 entries, a new policy will allow the following: the next 15 exhibitors (plus ties) will advance to a “shootout round,” with the top five exhibitors from that shootout round also advancing to the finals.

This is a second chance – or a “do over” – for the second group of 15 exhibitors. Ties will be broken by AQHA’s normal tie-breaking system to ensure that no more than five advance to the finals out of the shootout round to keep the finals manageable.

The shootout rounds will apply to the trail, western riding and reining classes at the Ford Youth World.

In classes where the exhibitor is being judged (horsemanship, showmanship, equitation on the flat and equitation over fences) and in which there are more than 100 entries, the class will be split in half and the top 15 exhibitors out of each section will come back for a semi-finals round.

Intermediate Champions

This year, AQHA will recognize the top three Intermediate exhibitors in each class at all four of its world championship shows.

An Intermediate exhibitor at the AQHA world shows is defined as follows:

  • An exhibitor who has never been in the top 10 at a world show in the particular class in which they are competing.
  • Halter classes (including performance halter) will be all-inclusive, meaning any top-10 placing in halter, regardless of sex division (ex. a top-10 placing in 3-year-old geldings is not considered an Intermediate exhibitor in any halter class even though he/she might have placed outside of the top 10 in a different halter class). Open performance classes will be the same.
  • Intermediate will run as classes within classes, not separate. AQHA will not bring back the top Intermediate riders for a ride-off or in a separate class.
  • Intermediate exhibitor status is based only on an exhibitor’s lifetime, combined world show record, not on the number of points he/she has accumulated.
  • An exhibitor does not have to make it to the finals of his/her class to be considered for an Intermediate award.
  • There is no entry fee or nomination procedure for an exhibitor to be considered for an Intermediate award.
  • The awards will be called the AQHA Intermediate champion, AQHA Intermediate reserve champion and the AQHA Intermediate third place.
  • Intermediate accomplishments also will appear on the exhibitor's and horse's AQHA official record.
    The Intermediate exhibitor recognition package will include an 8-inch clear globe for first place and 6-inch clear globes for second and third place. Each Intermediate champion will also receive a specially designed patch that can be placed on a qualifiers jacket that can be purchased by the exhibitor. The top three Intermediate exhibitors will also have the option to purchase a championship buckle for around $190.

“Recognizing the Intermediate exhibitor is a way to shine the spotlight on exhibitors who have worked hard to qualify for our world shows and are tough competitors at our world shows year after year, but don’t make it into the top 10,” says AQHA President Peter J. Cofrancesco III.