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The Ambassador Award, Open Competition Award, and Distance Horse of the Year Award are designed to recognize Arabian and  Half-Arabian/Anglo-Arabian horses that excel outside of AHA. Horses nominated by the deadline are chosen by the AHA Awards Committee  at the Annual Convention each year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017 Open Competition Award Winner

2017 Open Competition Award Winner - JAG ROYAL KNIGHTThe 2017 Open Competition Award was awarded to JAG Royal Knight (Glyncadno Fairy King x JAG Silhouette [By Pulask by *Bask++]) a 20 year old Half Arabian owned and bred by Kathy J. Gilker.

 

Some of Knight’s accomplishments include the 2014 USEF Pony Finals 19th place in Green Medium Ponies out of 70 (only registered Arabian bred hunter). 2016 Champion in Medium Pony Hunter USEF at Cheryl & Co Spring Fling – B. 2017 Reserve Champion in Short Stirrup at Cheryl & Co July II. Knight has attended and received top awards at the five local GHJA Finals he's attended – 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, and 2009. He has also received numerous top end of year division awards for the local Georgia Hunter Jumper Association

 

JAG Royal Knight has been shown on the Arabian, open local Hunter and open USEF-rated Hunter Circuit. He has been successful with over 11 different youth riders in the last eight years in USEF-rated and local shows in hunters, medal classes, derbies, equitation, Training Level Dressage and Combined Training.

 

He truly is an all-around athletic and versatile horse. Knight’s beauty, quality, intelligence, athleticism, movement, curiosity, willingness, trainability and patience with less experienced riders or handlers are all traits that make him the hallmark of a well-bred Arabian.

 

2017 Ambassador Award Winner

2017 Ambassador Award Winner - TAMAR AMELIA E+

This year’s Ambassador Award winner is Tamar Amelia E+, a 13-year-old Purebred mare owned by Jennifer and Herbert Zimmerman Jr. and Helena Zimmerman.

 

This horse has achieved many accomplishments spanning from meet and greets and introducing countless individuals to the Arabian horse to working with Make A Wish Georgia to grant a wish to a child with cancer. To showing at Arabian class A shows with multiple National Top Tens and Regional Championships.

 

Some of Amelia’s accomplishments include the Breed Ambassador for the “Meet the Arabian” Event at the Region 12 Championships. Shooting a TV commercial for North Fulton Child Development Center of Roswell, Ga., which helps provide preschool programs to underprivileged children in the greater Atlanta area. Going to the Special Olympics in Gainesville, Ga. and winning gold in multiple events. When at home she participates in the Iron Horse therapy program, a therapeutic horseback riding program for children and adults with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities.

 

Tamar Amelia E+ embodies the beauty, intelligence, heart and kindness of the Arabian horse the truly sets her apart from the rest. She is truly a best friend and partner not only to her owner Hallie but to every child that sits on her back.

 

2017 Distance Horse of the Year Award Winner

2017 Distance Horse of the Year - OT RASA RSIr

OT RASA RSI came away as the winner of this prestigious award at the 2017 AHA Annual Convention. This athletic ten year old chestnut mare is owned and bred by Outlaw Trail – Crockett Dumas. Over the past two years, OT RASA RSI and Crockett have completed 3275 total miles. They have completed 1835 miles in the 2017 competition season alone. Over her career thus far, OT RASA RSI has a 94% completion rate! She completed all but one of her 2017 rides. OT RASA RSI is an exemplary mare and deserving of his title as the 2017 Distance Horse of the Year. Congratulations to Crocket and his mare, OT RASA RSI. Good luck in the 2018 competition season.

 


Ambassador Award

hands and heart_BorderThis award recognizes the Arabian or Half-Arabian/Anglo-Arabian horse(s) for outstanding achievement in representing the Arabian horse community to the general public.

 

The horse must have achieved a unique accomplishment that showcases the breed in order to be eligible. Persons who wish to have their horse considered for this award or persons who know of an outstanding horse to be considered for this award, must prepare a letter of particulars along with recommendation letters from a minimum of three (3) AHA members, including their AHA member numbers and submit it to the AHA office by September 1. Please see chapter 19 of the current AHA Handbook for additional details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Previous International Award Recipients

  • VALEZ - 1991
  • HAVOLY - 1994
  • TAKELA SUNRIZE - 1995
  • RIVER CHIEF - 1997
  • SW LETITIA - 2000
  • SYNBAADD - 2003

 

 

Previous Special Recognition Award Recipients

  • RO GRAND SULTAN+// - 1992
  • EA NOVETTE+// - 1993
  • SHALOM MISHKOH+// - 1994
  • KITWELL CONSUL+ - 1995
  • PIERAZ - 1995
  • REBELS RAIDER+// - 1995
  • THE ANVIL BAURAQ - 1996
  • FIFTH EDITION++// - 1998
  • BEY TSPARK+/ - 1999
  • KLASSIC FORTUNE - 1999
  • PF IMPULSE+/ - 2000
  • FLEET HALAANIZ+/ - 2001
  • SCRABBLE+// - 2001
  • DRAKAAR - 2004
  • EXCALABER+/ - 2004
  • RUSSIAN ROULETT+ - 2005
  • BEY MOON ZELA+ - 2005

 

 

Previous Ambassador Award Recipients

  • PROUD HJALLUMINATOR - 2005
  • AURORA MR+// - 2006
  • BTA INTRIGUES FINESSE+/ - 2006
  • OKW ENTRIGUE+++// - 2006
  • ARR BOOTLEGGER+ - 2007
  • AZIZA STAR - 2007
  • SNOOZE ALARM - 2007
  • TONKI STAR JLJ - 2007
  • TSARINA BINT RII - 2008
  • WH BODACIOUS - 2008
  • ATHENA+++// - 2009
  • GILET+/ - 2009
  • TH BARBARIAN+ - 2009
  • TS BLACK TIE AFFAIR - 2009
  • KHIST BYTHE WIND - 2010
  • DARKER N BEY - 2011
  • LEPRACHAN SCR - 2011
  • SSHAMELESS++ - 2012
  • JUST IN KAYCE+// - 2013
  • LEGENDARY D C - 2013
  • No eligible nominations were submitted for 2014
  • No eligible nominations were submitted for 2015
  • ORATION++++// - 2016
  • TAMAR AMELIA E+ - 2017

 

 

Open Competition Award

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This award recognizes an Arabian or Half-Arabian/Anglo-Arabian Horse(s) for outstanding achievement in representing the Arabian horse community in areas of Open competition such as, but not limited to: Open reining, competitive trail, competitive endurance, combined driving, hunter, eventing, jumping, carriage pleasure driving, working western and dressage. The horse must have received acknowledgement at the higher levels of competition such as, but not limited to: Regional championships, National competitions and International competitions open to all breeds and/or shown progressive and consistent accomplishment within the discipline.

 

In addition, it must have been acknowledged and promoted that the horse was a representative of the Arabian breed in some form; publications, demonstrations, or other public forums. Persons who wish to have their horse considered for this award or persons who know of an outstanding horse to be considered for this award must prepare a letter of particulars along with recommendation letters from a minimum of three (3) AHA members, including their AHA member numbers and submit it to the AHA office by September 1. Please see chapter 19 of the current AHA Handbook for additional details.

 

Previous Open Competition Award Recipients

  • 2010 Arabian Winner: MSU MAGIC J owned by Hilary Clayton
  • 2010 Half-Arabian/Anglo Arabian Winner: MADE IN THE SHADE owned by Mary Jo Hoepner
  • 2011 Arabian and Half-Arabian/Anglo Arabian Winners: There were no nominations for this year
  • 2012 Arabian Winner: HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL+/ owned by Lynn, Kyle, Margaret and Laura McAlister
  • No eligible nominations were submitted for 2013
  • No eligible nominations were submitted for 2014
  • 2015 Arabian Winner: Comandr-N-Chief+// owned by Stacey Burdick Taul
  • 2016 Half-Arabian/Anglo-Arabian Winner: CURZON++++// owned by Patricia or Cassandra Harper
  • 2017 Half-Arabian/Anglo-Arabian Winner: JAG ROYAL KNIGHT owned by Kathy J Gilker

 
For additional information on the Open Competition Award, or for help nominating a horse, please contact AHA.

 

 

Distance Horse of the Year Award

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This award recognizes the significant accomplishment of an Arabian or Half-Arabian/Anglo-Arabian horse in the distance sports. Persons who wish to have their horse considered for this award or persons who know of an outstanding horse to be considered for this award must complete the official nomination form and submit it to the AHA office by November 1. Please see chapter 19 of the current AHA Handbook for additional details.

 

 

 

Previous Distance Horse of the Year Award Recipients

  • DR THUNDER BASK+// - 2004
  • TBR GRANITE CHIEF+/ - 2005
  • ARON MOON+// - 2006
  • DA AL CAPONE+// - 2007
  • CHASE THEWIND AH - 2008
  • AM I BLUE+/ - 2009
  • HADJI HALEF OMAR - 2010
  • OT SARA MONIET RSI - 2011
  • No eligible nominations were submitted for 2012
  • SS KHARADY KHID+/ - 2013
  • GF BRAZILS ENVY/ - 2014
  • SD EXPRESSA - 2015
  • FIRE MT ZOOM+/ - 2016
  • OT RASA RSI - 2017