Performance Halter Eligibility Reminder

Performance Halter Eligibility Reminder

Please review performance halter eligibility requirements for the 2020 Farnam AQHA World Championship Show.

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While the AQHA Executive Committee waived qualifying for 2020 AQHA world championship shows, eligibility requirements remain in place, including those for performance halter classes. Exhibitors showing at the 2020 Farnam AQHA World Championship Show and competing in performance halter classes are encouraged to review published performance halter requirements ahead of the show.

Entry information can be found here and show-specific rules can be found within the Farnam AQHA World handbook.

Horses competing in performance halter at the Adequan® Select World and Farnam AQHA World must abide by AQHA SHW365.3 for performance halter eligibility regarding having earned a Performance Register of Merit. With the exception of racehorses that have earned a racing ROM, all other performance halter-eligible horses are required to also enter and legitimately compete in a performance class of the same division. When showing in the performance class, exhibitors must maintain the integrity of the class in which they are competing. Judges will adhere to AQHA Rule SHW910.5 when officiating, “eliminate any horse/exhibitor as an entry which he/she feels is in violation of the intent of AQHA’s prohibited conduct rules, or which he/she does not feel has legitimately attempted to exhibit the horse to the best of the horse’s ability.”

Earlier this spring, the AQHA Executive Committee also approved a show committee rule change with respect to AQHA championship shows, stating that open, amateur, youth and Select competitors entering in performance halter and using game classes to fulfill the performance class requirement (barrel racing, pole bending and stake race) must complete the run, without disqualification, and with a clock time within 3 seconds of the fastest time, exclusive of any time penalties in order to be eligible for performance halter classes. This excludes Level 1 exhibitors. View the approved rule previously published in April.

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