Rules for the PSAIAHF Championships 2017

1. Methods and rules for judging Championships
Championships are not given according to the results achieved in the preceding classes

All Championships will be judged independently and comparatively.

2. Rules for Championships
The qualified horses will be judged by Eight Judges (except in case of a conflict of interest).

In the case of the Yearling classes being split; the first four placed horses of the qualifying classes of the fillies and of the colts, will be entitled to participate in their respective Yearling Championships. After combining the qualifying classes from each section, the horses that are placed 9th and 10th according to their point score will also be qualified and will take part in the appropriate Yearling Championships.

The first four placed horses of each qualifying class from 2 Year Old Filly and 3 Year Old Filly classes will be entitled to participate in the Junior Female Championship. After combining the qualifying classes, the horses that are placed 9th and 10th according to their point score will also be qualified and will take part in the Junior Female Championship.

The first four placed horses of each qualifying class from 2 Year Old Colt and 3 Year Old Colt classes will be entitled to participate in the Junior Male Championship. After combining the qualifying classes, the horses that are placed 9th and 10th according to their point score will also be qualified and will take part in the Junior Male Championship.

The first three placed horses of the qualifying classes from each of the Senior Mare classes will be entitled to participate in the Senior Female Championship. After combining the qualifying classes, the horse that is placed 10th according to its point score will also be qualified and will take part in the Senior Female Championship.

The first three placed horses of the qualifying classes from each of the Senior Stallion classes will be entitled to participate in the Senior Male Championship. After combining the qualifying classes, the horse that is placed 10th according to its point score will also be qualified and will take part in the Senior Male Championship.

Note:  Where qualifying classes are split, the number of horses automatically eligible to qualify for the relevant championship will also be split between the subsequent class divisions.

Each Championship will be run in accordance with the 2015 EAHSC ‘Alternative Rules for Championships at  A and Title Shows’, and in particular, Open Method (C)

The Gold, Silver and Bronze medal winners will be selected from amongst all the horses that have qualified in their respective classes for each championship.

  1. The Championships will be judged as follows:
    1. All the horses qualified for the championship will enter the ring and line up according to the numerical order of their catalogue numbers.
    2. The horses will be judged individually, standing and trotting.
    3. Each judge will nominate his choice for Gold, Silver and Bronze medals together at the same time, from amongst all the horses qualified for the championship.

Points will be given to the nominated horses as follows:

  • A horse nominated by a judge for Gold Medal will receive 4 points.
  • A horse nominated by a judge for Silver Medal will receive 2 points
  • A horse nominated by a judge for Bronze Medal will receive 1 point.

The Gold Medal will be awarded to the horse with the highest number of championship points.
The Silver Medal will be awarded to the horse with the 2nd highest number of championship points.
The Bronze Medal will be awarded to the horse with the 3rd highest number of championship points.

In the case of a tie, the score received in the qualifying class will decide between the horses and if necessary, the score given for type and then the score for movement. Failing a decision on either of these, one judge chosen by ballot will name his preference.
The judges will not discuss the horses.

  1. A fourth horse will be selected, which will become the Bronze medal winner should one of the three medal winners be disqualified. If this exhibit is not apparent from the voting papers, the judges will be asked to nominate one. This horse will not be announced. In the event that two or more of the medal winners are disqualified, no further substitution will be made.
  1. All horses that qualify for their respective Championships must take part in the Championship. Unless a certificate from the DC veterinarian is produced, failure to compete will disqualify the horse from the show, with its record of score and class placing being deleted and the horse being disqualified from showing for the period of one year as from the date of the show. In the event of a disqualification, horses placed behind the disqualified horse will move up a place in the class. Should a horse be sent out of the ring by the judges or taken out by the handler for any reason, it will be deemed to have taken part in the championship
  1. In Title and A shows all horses that qualified for their respective Championship must remain at the showground until after their championships.

The scores will be entered in a computer program and displayed after the prizes have been presented.