Australia Appaloosa Association

Australian Appaloosa Amateur Association

 

The A.A.A.A. is an Official Sub Committee of the Australian Appaloosa Association Ltd.

What is an Amateur....?

A person is considered an Amateur Exhibitor by the AAA:

When he or she is no longer eligible to show in AAA Youth classes; and

Provided that he or she has not personally received remuneration or any other form of compensation at any time in the previous 3 calendar years for:

a) Showing, training or assisted in training any horse; or
b) Instructing any other person in riding, driving, training or showing a horse in competition.

Prize money is not to be considered remuneration. Payment of entry fees, expenses, etc. by any person other than the person’s spouse, parents, defacto partner, child of the family, grandparents, brother(s) or sister(s) niece(s) or nephew(s). shall be considered remuneration

Other important Amateur Rules you need to know….

•     Any horse exhibited by the Amateur in Open and or Amateur classes must be owned by the contestant or by the contestant’s spouse, parents, defacto partner, child of the family, grandparents, brother(s) or sister(s), niece(s) or nephew(s).

Separate legal entities, such as family corporations, trusts or partnerships, are also authorised owners of the amateur contestant’s horse so long as all legal and equitable owners and beneficiaries of the legal entity are individuals specifically authorised by this rule.

Such ownership must be evidenced by the records of the Association and the certificate of registration of such horse must show as the owner by proper endorsement of the Association.

•    Horses owned in partnership or jointly with any person, other than spouse, defacto partner, child of the family, grandparents, brother(s) or sister(s) niece(s) or nephew(s) do not fulfil the ownership requirements for Amateur classes.


How to become an Amateur



Every person competing in an Amateur class must possess a current Amateur membership card appropriately endorsed by the AAA and current AAA Membership. Show management must inspect this card or a certified copy of this card at any show entered

To become an Amateur member is so simple…

1.    You must be a financial member of the AAA Ltd.
2.    Check your eligibility with the Amateur requirements above. You must also refer to the AAA Hand Book for further rules and regulations

If you are eligible
3.    Log onto the AAA Website Forms page or click here to download the Amateur Membership Form
4.    Complete the form and return with feed due to the AAA Ltd Office.
5.    Your application will be reviewed and if all details are correct your AAA Amateur Card will be issued to you.
6.    You will receive you card in the mail – remember to take this along with you to present at the next show!

This Amateur Membership is an annual fee and you are required to renew by August 1st each year.  

Amateur Events
Being an Amateur member allows you to compete in classes provided only for Amateur members, as well as being able to compete in open events.
A vast range of events, in both Halter and Performance, are available for competition:
•    Dressage
•    Hack
•    Hunter In Hand
•    Halter
•    Showmanship
•    Hunter Under Saddle
•    Hunter Hack
•    Hunt Seat Equitation
•    Western Pleasure
•    Western Equitation
•    Western Horsemanship
•    Trail
•    Western Riding
•    Reining
Please Note: AAA Rules and Regulations state any Amateur competing in any Amateur or Open Classes can only ride their own horse/s or horse/s of their immediate family. Please refer to AAA Hand Book for further details.

Novice Amateur

Classes Offered

  • Hunt Seat Equitation 
  • Hunter Under Saddle
  • Western Pleasure
  • Western Horsemanship
  • Trail
  • Showmanship

Eligibility

You must hold a financial Full membership and an Amateur membership with the AAA

 

  1. If you have achieved an ROM with the AAA, or a respective breed organisation, in any of the above classes, then you are NOT eligible as a Novice in that class but would be eligible for the class that you haven’t achieved a ROM in.
  2. If an Amateur is eligible for any Novice classes, they will be informed after application, from the AAA office by letter or email which Novice classes they are eligible to compete in.
  3. Any person competing in the Novice classes MUST have a Novice Ticket with their relevant breed organisation, and the rules for gaining that Novice Ticket through their relevant breed organisation must be rules similar to the AAA.
  4. If there is a Novice Amateur class on the program, plus the Amateur classes are offered in the same discipline, then the choice must be made, i.e. An Amateur cannot compete in the Novice class and the Amateur class at the same show;
  5. Novice Amateur can compete in the Amateur classes on the program if no Novice classes offered.

Programs:

It is compulsory to run Novice Amateur classes at AAA National, State and AA approved shows. It is not compulsory for any Affiliate to run Novice classes in their A or B class programs.

 

Points:

 

All points gained in Novice Amateur classes will go towards AAA Amateur ROM’s. A AAA Ltd End of Year High Point award will be awarded for Novice Amateur. It is up to the Affiliate if they wish to run Novice Amateur Hi Point awards at shows. 

Youth to Amateur

From the day you are eligible to apply for an Amateur membership you may also apply for a Novice Amateur Ticket.

If a Youth has achieved twenty (20) AAA Ltd points in Hunt Seat Equitation, Hunter Under Saddle, Western Pleasure, Western Horsemanship, Trail or Showmanship or a Youth from a respective breed organisation has achieved twenty (20) or more points on any of the above classes, they will not be eligible to compete in Amateur Novice classes.

Amateur to Professional and back again

If you have gained Novice Amateur points and you relinquish your Amateur Permit, and then reapply for Amateur status in the future, you will not be eligible for Novice Amateur events.

Amateur Masters

We offer Amateur Masters events for our competitors 50 years or older.

To compete in these events you must supply a proof of age and any prescribed fee to the AAA Ltd Office and your Amateur card will be endorsed as eligible for Amateur Masters 50 & over classes.

We also offer the opportunity for our Amateur Masters competitors to also compete in other Amateur and open events.
Recognised Amateur Masters 50 and Over events; Showmanship, Western Pleasure, Horsemanship, Hunter Under Saddle, Hunt Seat Equitation and Trail.
Please Note: Any Amateur with a Masters notation endorsed by the AAA is eligible for competition in any Select Amateur Event at an AQHA Show. If you choose to compete in any Amateur 50yrs & over events at an AQHA run show, AQHA Select rules apply

Amateur Awards


Amateur points are recorded for Halter and Performance in accordance with AAA Ltd rules. Points are recorded from approved Amateur events only.

These points allow our Amateurs to be eligible for many of the following awards:
•    End of Year High Point State Awards
•    End of Year Hi Point National Awards
•    Recognition Awards
•    Register of Achievement Awards
•    Medallions
Many Appaloosa Affiliated Regional Clubs around Australia also have separate High Point Awards at their Shows and End of Year Awards.

 

Amateur Meetings and Activities


The AAAA AGM is held each year at the National Appaloosa Show. It allows for voting of the Amateur Committee and general business discussions.

Fundraising activities are held throughout the nation each year by amateur members.

The AAAA also hold shows and clinics across Australia. Please check your magazine or contact the committee on the AAAA email for further activity details in your area.

Each show season the AAAA offer each Appaloosa State Show Trophy Products, sponsored by the AAAA. These products are for competing Amateurs, awarded at the digression of that State Show Committee.

The AAAA has a section in the National Appaloosa Journal. These articles include member profiles and upcoming events.
 A.A.A.A Committee and Contacts

The AAAA have their own exclusive email address to contact your committee about any of your questions or queries.
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2015/2016 Executive Committee

Tamara Pearson - President Ph: (02) 6365 8130
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Marsha Lewis - Secretary

Ph: 0409 741 133
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Blayze Williams - Vice President Ph: 0411 599 074
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Committee

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Anne Edwards (VIC) Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Committee positions are available each year at the AAAA Annual General Meeting. Any Amateur member is welcome to nominate for any position. If you wish to take a position and would like to know more, job descriptions are available my emailing the Amateur email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.