August 5, 2011
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AQHA will recognize the top three Intermediate exhibitors in each class at all four of its world championship shows. Journal photo.
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.
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:
“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.