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Intermediate of the Year Awards

New to the show ring? Try vying for these AQHA Intermediate awards.

The American Quarter Horse Association
June 20, 2013

The sun sets behind an English rider at the 2013 AQHA Region Ten Championship Show in Jacksonville, Florida.

New competitors can vie for new Intermediate Exhibitor of the Year awards for the 2013 show year.

The American Quarter Horse Association will recognize the Justin Youth and Amateur Intermediate Exhibitors of the Year and AQHA International Youth and Amateur Intermediate Exhibitors of the Year starting with the 2013 show year.

These new awards will replace the Justin Rookie awards.

U.S. and Canadian amateurs who have never earned a point in AQHA-approved shows and who earned the most points in the current year in their appropriate age division will receive a pair of Justin boots, a sterling silver and gold Montana Silversmiths belt buckle and $2,000 cash. Youth winners will receive a pair of Justin boots, a sterling silver and gold Montana Silversmiths belt buckle and:

  1. $2,000 scholarship for youth ages  11 & under and 12-14
  2. $3,000 scholarship for youth ages 15-18

One amateur and one youth member from each international affiliate who accumulate the most points between January 1 and December 31 will be named the AQHA International Intermediate of the Year and will receive a year-end plaque and a trophy belt buckle from Montana Silversmiths.

Justin Intermediate Exhibitor of the Year and AQHA International Intermediate Exhibitor of the Year Awards rules are as follows:

  1. To be eligible for the award, the exhibitor cannot have earned any AQHA points (in open, youth or amateur) prior to the year of the award.
  2. The award is based on points accumulated on a one-horse, one-exhibitor basis, and the horse's ownership must meet the requirements of Rule SHW816 in the 2013 AQHA Official Handbook of Rules and Regulations.
  3. All eligible exhibitors must hold current-year AQHA memberships in appropriate divisions (either youth or amateur).
  4. The youth and amateur divisions contain three categories:

    Youth           Amateur
    11 & under   30 & under
    12-14            31-49
    15-18            Select

  5. Upon receipt of the exhibitor's first half point or more, the exhibitor will be notified by AQHA of eligibility. In order to maintain eligibility, the exhibitor must return the notification letter with a signature verifying birth date.   
  6. All ties will be broken in the following order to receive any corporate-sponsored awards:   
  • To the person winning points in the greatest number of events
  • To the person with the greatest number of wins
  • To the person who earned their last point first
    Example: The person who earned her 50th point in March would win over the person who earned her 50th point in May.

Novice points earned previously or during the exhibitor’s Intermediate year do not count against eligibility or toward tabulation for Justin Intermediate of the Year awards.

To get started in the Justin Intermediate of the Year race, find an AQHA show near you with the online show calendar at www.aqha.com/showschedule.

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