English Stirrup Rule for 2015

Both silver and black stirrups will be allowed in AQHA equitation classes in 2015.

American Quarter Horse Association

Competitors have the option of using either silver or black stirrups in English classes. (Credit: Journal)

A current American Quarter Horse Association rule that allows competitors the option of using either silver or black stirrups in English classes will continue to be the rule in 2015. 

A rule change had been proposed that would have prohibited the use of black stirrups in any equitation class on the flat or over fences. This rule-change proposal was denied by the AQHA Show Council, and at its July meeting, the AQHA Executive Committee supported the Show Council’s decision. 

“The Show Council believes that AQHA judges are qualified to evaluate and judge the rider’s position,” said AQHA Executive Director of Shows and Judges Pete Kyle. “Whether the rider is using silver or black stirrups should not affect the judging of the class.”

Rule-change proposals that will be reviewed at the 2015 AQHA Convention in Fort Worth, Texas, are due December 31, 2014. Learn more about rule-change proposals, and view the 2014 committee reports with Executive Committee action, at www.aqha.com/convention

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