Australia Appaloosa Association

Points & Awards

Owning a Registered Appaloosa and being a AAA Ltd Member has many benefits and one of those benefits is the ability to earn both lifetime and seasonal awards for simply showing your horse in your chosen discipline.

For a full listing of recognised events, please refer to Rule 7.3 in the AAA Ltd Rule Book.

Both our Lifetime Awards and our End of Year High Point Awards cover just about everything, from the more traditional western events of Halter, Western Pleasure, Trail and Hunter Under Saddle to the traditional English events of Hacking, Dressage, Eventing and Showjumping.

Even Endurance and Cattle Event competitors are covered.

This is how simple it is:

Attend Shows → Record Placings Obtain Points → Earn Awards

 

Recording Results and Obtaining Points

To get your awards you need to record points, so how exactly do you do that?

It’s pretty simple. Any Show that you compete at, you can get points at, doesn’t matter if it is your local Ag show or the National Championships, your results count for something.

If you compete at a AAA Ltd Approved Show, i.e. Regional Appaloosa Club Show, Western Riding Club Show, etc, your points are automatically recorded from the results as supplied by the Club running the show.

National and State Show results are automatically recorded.

If you compete at a Show that is not AAA Ltd Approved, i.e. Ag Show, Dressage Club Show, etc, you must lodge your own points, by way of an Official Show Results Book, which can be purchased from our Office.

If you are lodging your own points using an Official Show Results book, you must also supply a copy of the show program and have your Results sheet signed by either the Judge or Secretary of that show.

How do I know how many points I get from my Classes?

How many points you get depends on the number of competitors (including yourself) that are in your class. The table below determines how many points you get.

 

No. horses exhibited in class

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

6th

7th

8th

9th

10th

11th

1

1/2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 - 5

1

1/2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 - 10

2

1

1/2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11 - 15

3

2

1

1/2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16 - 20

4

3

2

1

1/2

 

 

 

 

 

 

21 - 30

5

4

3

2

1

1/2

 

 

 

 

 

31 - 40

6

5

4

3

2

1

1/2

 

 

 

 

41 - 50

7

6

5

4

3

2

1

1/2

 

 

 

51 - 60

8

7

6

5

4

3

2

1

1/2

 

 

61 - 70

9

8

7

6

5

4

3

2

1

1/2

 

over 70

10

9

8

7

6

5

4

3

2

1

1/2

 

When competing in Halter classes and if you are lucky enough to be eligible for Champion, Reserve Champion or Supreme, your points are a little different.

  • Supreme Champion receives 2 points if there are 3 or more competing for Supreme.
  • Champion receives 2 points where there is a Reserve Champion awarded or 1 point if there is no Reserve Champion awarded.
  • Reserve Champion receives 1 point.

It is always recommended that you keep a check on your points via the Online Stud, this way you will know if you are missing points. If you feel there is a discrepancy with your points, please contact our Office, as we are more than happy to check it out for you.

Earning Awards

Now that you have started accumulating points, you can start earning Awards. Lifetime and End of Year Awards are split into three (3) sections – Horse, Amateur and Youth.

Lifetime Awards - Horse

Recognition Award

This award is the first of the lifetime awards that you can achieve. Once you have gained Ten (10) points in any one (1) of the events listed in Rule 7.3, you will automatically receive your Recognition Award.

Register of Merit (ROM)

This is the next award on your list. This award establishes a record of outstanding performance in a particular event. Register of Merit Awards are automatically issued once you have gained your Recognition Award and you have obtained the following qualifications:

  • Twenty (20) Points in any one (1) event.
  • Ten (10) Points in ‘A’ Class or above shows.
  • OR, Thirty (30) Points in any one recognised event at any recognised shows.

There is also ROM in General Performance.  The ROM in General Performance recognises the all-round horse and to achieve this you must:

  • Have earned a total of Twenty (20) Performance Points.
  • OR, Thirty (30) Points in any one recognised event at any recognised shows.
  • Earned these points in a Minimum of three (3) ridden Performance Events.
  • In these three (3) events, have a minimum of five (5) points.
  • Of your twenty (20) points, ten (10) points must be in ‘A’ Class or above shows.

For events such as Cutting, Reining, Dressage, Hacking, Jumping, Campdrafting, Eventing and Approved Rodeo events, you can’t always obtain your ten (10) ‘A’ Class or above points, so we have a slightly different level of achievement for you to be recognised for outstanding performance. To achieve your ROM you need:

  • Total of Twenty (20) points in one of these events.

Ok, so you have earned your Recognition Award and Register of Merit, where to now??

The next level of awards is getting to the higher end of the scale as far as prestige goes and are automatically issued once you have reached the following qualifications:

Bronze Medallion – Gain Sixty (60) Points in any recognised event

Silver Medallion – Gain One Hundred (100) Points in any recognised event

Gold Medallion – Gain One Hundred Fifty (150) Points in any recognised event

Sapphire Award – Gain Two Hundred (200) Points in any recognised event

Diamond Award – Gain Three Hundred (300) Points in any recognised event

Platinum Award – Gain Four Hundred (400) Points in any recognised event

Just when you think there isn’t anywhere to go from here, there is and they are the two most prestigious Awards that you can achieve with in the AAA Ltd.

AAA Ltd Champion

The title of AAA Ltd Champion may be awarded to any Stallion, Mare or Gelding who has obtained the following qualifications:

  • Won a total of two hundred (200) or more points in competition in Official Shows.
  • Obtained a ROM at Halter.
  • Obtained three (3) Performance ROMs (not including your ROM in General Performance).

AAA Ltd Led Performance Champion

The title of AAA Ltd Champion may be awarded to any Stallion, Mare or Gelding who has obtained the following qualifications:

  • Won a total of two hundred (200) or more points in competition in Official Shows.
  • Obtained a ROM at Halter.
  • Obtained three (3) Led Performance ROMs (not including your ROM in General Performance).

Superior All Round Horse

This award recognises any Stallion, Mare or Gelding that has continued past the AAA Ltd Champion award, to be a Superior All Round Horse.

To qualify you must have:

  • A Superior Rating in Halter, having gained one hundred fifty (150) or more points.
  • A superior Rating in at least one (1) Performance Event, having gained one hundred fifty (150) or more points.
  • Obtained at least four (4) Performance ROMs (not including your ROM in General Performance).

Superior All Round Performance Horse

This award recognises any Stallion, Mare or Gelding that has continued past the AAA Ltd Champion award, to be a Superior All Round Performance Horse.

To qualify you must have:

  • A superior Rating in at least two (2) Performance Events, having gained one hundred fifty (150) or more points.
  • Obtained at least four (4) additional Performance ROMs (not including your ROM in General Performance).

Superior All Round Led Performance Horse

This award recognises any Stallion, Mare or Gelding that has continued past the AAA Ltd Champion award, to be a Superior All Round Led Performance Horse.

 To qualify you must have:

  • A Superior Rating in Halter, having gained one hundred fifty (150) or more points.
  • A superior Rating in at least one (1) Led Performance Event, having gained one hundred fifty (150) or more points.
  • Obtained at least four (4) additional Led Performance ROMs (not including your ROM in General Performance).

Lifetime Awards – Amateur & Youth

Awards for Amateur and Youth Members are similar to those available for your Horse with a few slight differences:

Recognition Award

This award is the first of the lifetime awards that you can achieve. Once you have gained Ten (10) points in any one (1) of the events listed in Rule 7.3, you will automatically receive your Recognition Award.

Register of Achievement (ROA)

This is the next award on your list. This award establishes a record of outstanding performance in a particular event. Register of Achievement Awards are automatically issued once you have gained your Recognition Award and you have obtained the following qualifications:

  • Twenty (20) Points in any one (1) event.
  • Ten (10) Points in ‘A’ Class or above shows.
  • OR, Thirty (30) overall points in any one recognised event at recognised shows.

For events such as Cutting, Reining, Dressage, Hacking, Jumping, Campdrafting, Eventing and Approved Rodeo events, you can’t always obtain your ten (10) ‘A’ Class or above points, so we have a slightly different level of achievement for you to be recognised for outstanding performance. To achieve your ROA you need:

  • Total of Twenty (20) points in any one (1) of these events.

Ok, so you have earned your Recognition Award and Register of Achievement, where to now??

The next level of awards is getting to the higher end of the scale as far as prestige goes and are automatically issued once you have obtained the following qualifications:

Bronze Medallion – Gain Sixty (60) Points in any recognised event

Silver Medallion – Gain One Hundred (100) Points in any recognised event

Gold Medallion – Gain One Hundred Fifty (150) Points in any recognised event

Sapphire Award – Gain Two Hundred (200) Points in any recognised event

Diamond Award – Gain Three Hundred (300) Points in any recognised event

Platinum Award – Gain Four Hundred (400) Points in any recognised event

Just when you think there isn’t anywhere to go from here, there is and they are the two 2 most prestigious Awards that an Amateur or Youth can achieve with in the AAA Ltd.

AAA Ltd Amateur/Youth Versatility

The title of AAA Ltd Amateur/Youth Versatility Award may be awarded to any individual Amateur or Youth who has obtained the following qualifications:

  • Won a total of two hundred (200) or more points in competition in Official Shows.
  • Obtained a ROA in Showmanship.
  • Obtained three (3) Performance ROAs.

AAA Ltd Amateur/Youth Award of Excellence

This award recognises any Amateur or Youth that has continued past the AAA Ltd Amateur/Youth Versatility award, to receive the Award of Excellence.

To qualify you must have:

  • A Superior Rating in Showmanship, having gained one hundred fifty (150) or more points.
  • A superior Rating in at least one (1) Performance Event, having gained one hundred fifty (150) or more points.
  • Obtained at least four (4) Performance ROAs.

End of Year High Point Awards

Our season runs from 1st August until 31st July and at the end of each season High Point Awards are given to those who have earned the highest amount of points from recognised events in each category.

Categories are firstly split into Horse, Amateur and Youth. The Horse and Amateur sections are split into Halter and Performance, offering both Age Awards and an Overall Award (Horse Only) in each. The Youth section is split into Age Divisions.

In addition to this both National and State Awards are offered, to recognise those who have gained the most number of points both nationally and within their own state.

Presentation of these awards takes place at our National Championship Show each year, where winners are presented with their awards at our presentation evening.

National Awards

Horse

Halter Categories

  • Filly 2yrs & Under
  • Colt 2yrs & Under
  • Gelding 2yrs & Under
  • Mare 3yrs & Over
  • Stallion 3yrs & Over
  • Gelding 3yrs & Over
  • APR Halter Horse
  • Performance Halter Horse
  • Most Colourful at Halter
  • OVERALL HIGH POINT HALTER HORSE

Performance Categories

  • Yearling Led Versatility
  • 2yo Led Versatility
  • 3yrs & Over Led Versatility
  • 2yo Performance Horse
  • 3yo Performance Horse
  • Junior Performance Horse
  • Senior Performance Horse
  • English Performance Horse
  • Traditional English Horse
  • Sporting Horse
  • Working Cattle Horse
  • Team Event Horse
  • OVERALL HIGH POINT PERFORMANCE HORSE

Amateur

  • Halter Horse
  • Novice Amateur
  • Junior Horse 5yrs & Under
  • Senior Horse 6yrs & Over
  • Masters

Youth

  • 13yrs & Under Walk/Jog
  • 13yrs & Under
  • 14 to 18yrs

There are of course some rules that must be followed to be eligible these awards:

Points:

If you live in NSW/ACT, VIC, SA or QLD you must earn a minimum of twenty (20) points in recognised events, and of these twenty (20) points, five (5) must be “A” class or above points. Traditional English Horse, Sporting Horse, Team Event Horse and Working Cattle Horse - Qualifying limit is a minimum of twenty (20) points only.

If you live in TAS, NT or WA you must earn a minimum of fifteen (15) points in recognised events, and of these fifteen (15) points, five (5) must be “A” class or above points. Traditional English Horse, Sporting Horse, Team Event Horse and Working Cattle Horse - Qualifying limit is a minimum of fifteen (15) points only.

APR Halter Horse, Performance Halter Horse, Most Colourful at Halter & Novice Amateur - No qualifying limit applies.

National Awards are calculated from National, State, “AA”, “A” and “B” class shows only.

Any points that are given for ROM Only are excluded from all calculations, this includes “C” Class Shows.

Geldings – Points gained by a gelding when shown as a colt (prior to gelding) do not accumulate. The points must restart once shown as a gelding. Geldings who gain points whilst being shown with a PC Registration number will not be included. Please note: This rule applies only to End of Year High Point Awards and not ROM’s, etc.

Horse Category Rules - Halter:

Filly, Colt, Gelding 2yrs & Under – These Awards are calculated on all 2yrs & under Appaloosa Only Halter events, except where there is no Appaloosa Only Halter offered. Yearling and 2yo Led Versatility Halter and APR Halter are also excluded from these categories. 

Mare, Stallion, Gelding 3yrs & Over – These Awards are calculated on all 3yrs & over Appaloosa Only Halter events, except where there is no Appaloosa Only Halter offered. 3yrs & Over Led Versatility Halter and APR Halter are also excluded from these categories. 

Overall High Point Halter Horse – This Awards is calculated on all Halter Events, with the exception of Yearling, 2yo and 3yrs & Over Led Versatility Halter and APR Halter. 

Horse Category Rules – Performance:

Yearling Versatility – This award is calculated on Hunter In Hand, Led Trail, Lungeline, Led Hack, Suitability For Dressage and Yearling Halter (Age Breed or Age Feature Halter classes are excluded). Yearlings are not eligible for any other Performance Category.

2yo Led Versatility – This award is calculated on Hunter In Hand, Led Trail, Lungeline, Led Hack, Suitability For Dressage and 2 Year Old Halter (Age Breed or Age Feature Halter classes are excluded). Once a 2yo has competed as a Ridden Horse they are no longer eligible for this category. 2yo Led Versatility horses are not eligible for any other Performance Category.

3yrs & Over Led Versatility – This award is calculated on Hunter In Hand, Led Trail, Lungeline, Led Hack, Suitability For Dressage and Halter (Age Feature Halter classes are excluded). Once a 3yrs & Over has competed as a Ridden Horse they are no longer eligible for this category. 3yrs & Over Led Versatility horses are not eligible for any other Performance Category.

2yo Performance Horse – This Award is calculated on 2yo Led Trail, 2yo Hunter In Hand 2yo Lungeline and 2yo Ridden Performance Events from the first show the 2yo competes under saddle. 

3yo Performance Horse – This award is calculated on any 3yo Ridden event. Junior Horse or Open Age Ridden events will be counted ONLY where there is no 3yo event offered.

Junior Performance Horse – This award is for horses aged 4yo & 5yo and is calculated on any Junior Horse Ridden event. Open Age Ridden events will be counted ONLY where there is no Junior Horse event offered.

Senior Performance Horse – This award is for horse aged 6yrs & over and is calculated on any Senior Horse Ridden Event. Open Age Ridden events will be counted ONLY where there is no Senior Horse event offered.

English Performance Horse - This award is for horses of any age and is calculated on Dressage, Suitability For Dressage, Hack, Show Hunter, Led Hack, Hunter Hack, Working Hunter, Showjumping, Eventing, Hunter Under Saddle and Hunter In Hand ONLY.

Traditional English Horse – This award is for horses of any age and is calculated on Dressage, Suitability For Dressage, Hack, Show Hunter, Led Hack, Hunter Hack, Working Hunter, Showjumping and Eventing ONLY.

Sporting Horse – This award is for horses aged 3yrs & over and is calculated on Barrel, Keyhole, Stakes Race, Stump Race, Bending, Flag Race, Straight Barrels and any Novelties as sanctioned by the Pony Club Australia Rule Book or the Sporting Horse Australia Rule Book.

Working Cattle Horse - This award is for horses aged 3yrs & over and is calculated on Working Cow Horse, Calf Roping, Steer Wrestling, Cutting, Campdrafting, Steer Daubing, Station Cutting, and Steer Roping and Breakaway Roping.

Team Event Horse – This award is for horses aged 3yrs & over and is calculated on any event that meets the definition as per AAA Ltd Rule Book.

Overall Performance Horse – Calculated on all Performance events either Ridden, Team Event or In Hand (Excluding Halter and Yearling/2yo/3yrs & Over Led Versatility Events). Australian Pleasure Horse, Working Stock Horse, Racing and Single Harness Driving points will be counted towards Overall Performance Horse only and not individual categories.

Amateur Category Rules:

Amateur Halter Horse – Calculated from points gained in Appaloosa Amateur Halter Only. Points gained in Open Breed Amateur Halter will not be counted. 1 Horse/1 Handler Only applies.

Novice Amateur – Calculated on Novice Amateur Classes Only.

Amateur Masters – Calculated on Amateur Masters and Select Amateur* Class points only. The Amateur must have a properly notarised Amateur Card to be eligible to compete in these classes. *Select Amateur classes from AQHA shows Only.

Amateur Junior Horse 5yrs & Under – Calculated on Amateur Junior Performance Horse events (including Showmanship). All age Amateur events will only count where there is no Amateur Junior Horse event offered.

Amateur Senior Horse 6yrs & Over – Calculated on Amateur Senior Performance Horse events (including Showmanship). All age Amateur events will only count where there is no Amateur Senior Horse event offered.

Youth Category Rules:

13yrs & Under Walk/Jog* – Calculated on Youth 13yrs & Under Walk/Jog events ONLY.

13yrs & Under* – Calculated on Youth 13yrs & Under events. All Age Youth events will count where there is no Youth 13yrs & Under event offered.

*Youth competing in either of the 13yrs & under categories may only compete in and claim points from one (1) category, i.e.13yrs & under Walk/Jog or 13yrs & under, per show and will only be eligible for one (1) High Point Category per season.

14 to 18yrs - Calculated on Youth 14 to 18yrs events. All Age Youth events will count where there is no Youth 14 to 18yrs event offered.

State Awards

  • Halter Horse
  • Yearling Versatility
  • 2yo Led Versatility
  • 3yrs & Over Led Versatility
  • Performance Horse
  • Amateur Halter Horse
  • Amateur Performance Horse
  • Amateur Masters
  • Novice Amateur
  • Youth 13yrs & under Walk/Jog
  • Youth 13yrs & under
  • Youth 14 to 18yrs

The qualifications for State Awards are a little different to the National Awards.

Points:

If you live in NSW/ACT, VIC, SA or QLD you must earn a minimum of fifteen (15) points in recognised events, and of these fifteen (15) points, five (5) must be “A” class or above points.

If you live in TAS, NT or WA you must earn a minimum of ten (10) points in recognised events, and of these ten (10) points, five (5) must be “A” class or above points.

State Awards are calculated from State, “AA”, “A” and “B” class shows from the State in which the owner of the horse, Amateur or Youth reside only.

Any points that are given for ROM Only are excluded from all calculations, this includes “C” Class Shows.

Geldings – Points gained by a gelding when shown as a colt (prior to gelding) do not accumulate. The points must restart once shown as a gelding. Geldings who gain points whilst being shown with a PC Registration number will not be included. Please note: This rule applies only to End of Year High Point Awards and not ROM’s, etc.

Horse Categories:

Halter Horse – Calculated on all Halter Events. Yearling, 2yo and 3yrs & Over Led Versatility and APR Halter events are excluded. 

Yearling Versatility – Calculated on Hunter In Hand, Led Trail, Lungeline, Led Hack, Suitability For Dressage and Yearling Halter (Age Breed or Age Feature Halter classes are excluded). Yearlings are not eligible for any other Performance Category.

2yo Led Versatility – Calculated on Hunter In Hand, Led Trail, Lungeline, Led Hack, Suitability For Dressage and 2 year old Halter (Age Breed or Age Feature Halter classes are excluded). Once a 2yo has competed as a Ridden Horse they are no longer eligible for this category. 2yo Led Versatility horses are not eligible for any other Performance Category.

3yrs & Over Led Versatility – Calculated on Hunter In Hand, Led Trail, Lungeline, Led Hack, Suitability For Dressage and Halter (Age Feature Halter classes are excluded). Once a 3yrs & Over has competed as a Ridden Horse they are no longer eligible for this category. 3yrs & Over Led Versatility horses are not eligible for any other Performance Category.

Performance Horse – Calculated on any Ridden Performance event. 2yo Led events,Hunter In Hand, Led Trail and Lungeline, will be counted from 1st August and 2yo Ridden Performance events will be counted from the first show the 2yo competes under saddle. Only 3yo, Junior & Senior events will be counted. Open Age events will be counted where there is no specified age event.

Amateur Categories:

Amateur Halter Horse - Calculated from points gained in Appaloosa Amateur Halter Only. Points gained in Open Breed Amateur Halter will not be counted. 1 Horse/1 Handler Only applies.

Amateur Master - Calculated on Amateur Masters and Select Amateur* Class points only. The Amateur must have a properly notarised Amateur Card to be eligible to compete in these classes. *Select Amateur classes from AQHA shows Only.

Novice Amateur - Calculated on Novice Amateur events ONLY.

Amateur Performance Horse – Calculated on Amateur Performance Events (including Showmanship).

Youth Categories:

13yrs & Under Walk/Jog* – Calculated on Youth 13yrs & Under Walk/Jog events ONLY.

13yrs & Under* – Calculated on Youth 13yrs & Under events. All Age Youth events will count where there is no Youth 13yrs & Under event offered.

*Youth competing in either of the 13yrs & under categories may only compete in and claim points from one (1) category, i.e.13yrs & under Walk/Jog or 13yrs & under, per show and will only be eligible for one (1) High Point Category per season.

14 to 18yrs - Calculated on Youth 14 to 18yrs events. All Age Youth events will count where there is no Youth 14 to 18yrs event offered.

 

So as you can see, no matter what discipline you and your Appaloosa compete in, we have an award for you and it all starts with attending shows.