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If setting and surpassing benchmarks motivates you, AHA offers over 500 competitions for Arabian, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian horses, from grassroots schooling shows to national championships and distance rides. You and your horses can compete and earn points at many levels toward recognition and prestigious awards.


  • Amateur Owner Rule Added to Code of Ethics
    At the 2012 AHA Convention, Resolution 3-12 dealing with Amateur Owner Rule added to Code of Ethics, was presented to and passed by the AHA Delegates. This resolution was brought forward to deal with a growing concern of short term transfers taking place in Amateur Owner and Junior Owner classes. These short term transfers circumvent the true definition of "ownership" found in the USEF Rules.

    Now that this resolution has been added to the AHA Code of Ethics under ETHICS 104, competitors may be subject to Ethical Practice Review filings under the following;

    It is unethical to transfer or assist or facilitate in the transfer of a horse with the intent to circumvent the purpose of the rules regarding ownership of horses shown in the amateur and/or junior owner classes. It is unethical for any AHA member to not provide information relating to the transfer in question that is requested by the Probable Cause Panel or the Ethical Practice Review Board.

    In determining whether the transfer was unethical, the EPRB may consider, among others, the following:

    • Horse ending up back in the previous owners name within a year of the original transfer.
    • Horse being transferred at less than fair market value (owner to provide proof of the sales amount).
    • The fact that prize money went to a person other than the owner or family member.
    • The fact that the owner or family member did not pay the expenses relating to the upkeep and showing of the horse.

  • Halter Dispensation
    Competitions (other than Regionals and Nationals) are now able to apply for dispensation from using the Arabian Scoring System. The application must be submitted to the AHA office 60 days prior to the start date of the competition. If another system is granted (not found in the AHA Handbook) those judging rules must be included in the competitions prize list. In the event that any comparative judging system is used, the following must be adhered to;

    Class Procedure
    Judging begins when the first horse enters the ring. From the moment the horse enters the ring its movement is being evaluated. The horse shall enter at a trot, and at the handler’s discretion may either proceed directly along the rail, or trot a counterclockwise circle at the in-gate end of the arena and then proceed along the rail to the far end of the arena. Upon each horse reaching the designated position at the far end of the arena they are to remain relaxed. The judge(s) will then ask for the next horse to enter the ring. When all horses have entered the ring the horses shall be asked to walk collective­ly counter-clockwise and/or clockwise past each (and all) judge(s). They shall walk in a relaxed manner on a loose lead with the handler at the side of his horse, whips down. The lead line must maintain a discernible drape and the handler must not place his hand on the chain or close enough to in any way restrict the natural head and neck motion. The handler may not unnecessarily impede the forward motion of the horse while at the walk. Following the cessation of the walk all horses shall relax within the ring and only the horse “on deck” shall be prepared to show. Each horse shall be led to the judge(s) at the walk and presented for judging. In order to satisfy a proper presentation to the judge, horses should stand correctly, bearing weight on all four feet (not stretched), in a quiet and deliberate manner. Following the evaluation by the judge(s), horses shall walk away from the judge(s), and then strike a trot be-fore turning left and proceeding counter clockwise down the rail. They shall resume their relaxed position at the end of the arena.

    Handlers are expected to keep a reasonable clearance between horses and judges should modify the alignment of horses to achieve that clearance. Further judging will not commence until the Call Judge approves the placement and spacing of all horses,

    After the last horse is presented, the adjudication process is complete and horses will not be further compared. Please note that in the event that any comparative judging is used, in a one (1) judge system, judge shall give oral reasons for their decisions after the card is handed in. In the event of concurrent shows the two (2) judges shall alternate classes in giving reasons. Full rules can be found in Chapter 11 of the current AHA Handbook.

  • Judges & Stewards Points Of Emphasis II
    These are meant to be positive influences in the ring. Again, it is up to all of us to conduct ourselves in a professional manner. More...


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