RHAA RULEBOOK & CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Class Descriptions

JUNIOR YOUTH CLASS

The Junior Youth class is designated for children 12 years old & younger. There are no money limits that pertain to this class. Junior youth members that begin the show season in an age division may complete the year in that division regardless of turning older during the course of the year. No monies won in this class will count against lifetime earnings used to determine eligibility in other RHAA offered classes. Winnings will not be included to determine the year-end high money award. Any contestant that enters this class fraudulently, faces disciplinary action that can include suspension of membership. Rules to enter this class are1) the contestant must be a RHAA Youth member, a regular RHAA member or a Day Permit holder; 2) the horse being shown must have a valid competition license. Youth members are permitted to show any horse in the junior or senior youth, regardless of ownership. Youth memberships are not valid in regular RHAA offered classes.

SENIOR YOUTH CLASS

The Senior Youth class is designated for children 13 years old to 18 years old. There are no money limits that pertain to this class. Senior youth members that begin the show season in an age division may complete the year in that division regardless of turning a year older during the course of the year. No monies won in this class will count against lifetime earnings used to determine eligibility in other RHAA offered classes. Winnings will not be included to determine the year-end high money award. Any contestant that enters this class fraudulently, faces disciplinary action that can include suspension of membership. Rules to enter this class are1) the contestant must be a RHAA Youth member, a regular RHAA member or a Day Permit holder; 2) the horse being shown must have a valid competition license. Youth members are permitted to show any horse in the junior or senior youth, regardless of ownership. Youth memberships are not valid in regular RHAA offered classes.

BOX DRIVE BOX DRIVE CLASS

This class is for RHAA members who began the show season with $0 in RHAA earnings and who have had less than 3 runs down the fence in any association (including all RHAA classes). A person that starts the year in the Box Drive Box Drive class may finish the year in the class regardless of how much money the contestant wins during that year. No monies won in this class will count against lifetime earnings used to determine eligibility in the Wrangler, Cowboy and Ranch Hand classes. Winnings will not be included to determine the year-end high money award. Professional horse trainers are ineligible for the Box Drive Box Drive class. Professional horse trainers with Open earnings in the NRCHA, NCHA, ACHA or NRHA or Open points in AQHA or APHA in the working cow horse, cutting or reining classes within the previous ten years are ineligible to compete in this class subject to review by the board.  It is the responsibility of the contestant to keep up with their eligibility for the Box Drive Box Drive class. Any RHAA member that enters this class fraudulently, faces disciplinary action that can include suspension of membership.  The RHAA office will make every effort to ensure that updated information is available to all members.  The RHAA Board of Directors reserves the right to reclassify any contestant that they feel is violating the intention of the Box Drive Box Drive class.  Rules to enter this class are1) the rider must be a RHAA member who owns the horse being shown, immediate relative to horse owner or is a full time employee to the horse owner; 2) the horse must have a valid competition license.  There is no time limit on ownership for this class. The rein rule applies unless showing a junior horse.

WRANGLER CLASS

This class is for RHAA members who has won no more than $500 at RHAA sanctioned events.  A person that starts the year in the Wrangler class may finish the year in the Wrangler class regardless of how much money the contestant wins during the course of the year. No monies won in the Wrangler class will count against lifetime earnings used to determine eligibility in the Box Drive Box Drive, Cowboy and Ranch Hand classes. Wrangler winnings will not be included to determine the year-end high money award. Professional horse trainers with Open earnings in the NRCHA, NCHA, ACHA or NRHA or Open points in AQHA or APHA in the working cow horse, cutting or reining classes within the previous ten years are ineligible to compete in this class subject to review by the board. It is the responsibility of the contestant to keep up with their eligibility for the Wrangler class. Any RHAA member that enters the Wrangler class fraudulently, faces disciplinary action that can include suspension of membership.  The RHAA office will make every effort to ensure that updated information is available to all members.  The RHAA board of directors reserves the right to reclassify any contestant that they feel is violating the intention of the Wrangler class.  Rules to enter this class are1) the rider must be a RHAA member who owns the horse being shown, an immediate relative to horse owner or is a full time employee to the horse owner; 2) the horse must have a valid competition license.  There is no time limit on ownership for this class. The rein rule applies unless showing a junior horse.

COWBOY CLASS

This class is for RHAA members with less than $2,500 in RHAA lifetime earnings. A person that starts the year in the Cowboy class may finish the year in the Cowboy class regardless of how much money the contestant wins during the course of the year. Professional horse trainers with Open earnings in the NRCHA, NCHA, ACHA or NRHA or Open points in AQHA or APHA in the working cow horse, cutting or reining classes within the previous ten years are ineligible to compete in this class subject to review by the board. It is the responsibility of the contestant to keep up with their eligibility for the Cowboy class. Any RHAA member that enters the Cowboy class fraudulently faces disciplinary action that can include suspension of membership.  The RHAA office will make every effort to ensure that updated information is available to all members.  The RHAA board of directors reserves the right to reclassify any contestant that they feel is violating the intention of the Cowboy class. Rules to enter this class are1) the rider must be a RHAA member who owns the horse being shown, an immediate relative to horse owner or is a full time employee to the horse owner; 2) the horse must have a valid competition license.  There is no time limit on ownership for this class. The rein rule applies unless showing a junior horse.

RANCH HAND CLASS

This class is for RHAA members with less than $4,500 in RHAA lifetime earnings. A person that starts the year in the Ranch Hand class may finish the year in the Ranch Hand class regardless of how much money the contestant wins during the course of the year. Professional horse trainers with Open earnings in the NRCHA, NCHA, ACHA or NRHA or Open points in AQHA or APHA in the working cow horse, cutting or reining classes within the previous ten years are ineligible to compete in this class subject to review by the board.  The RHAA reserves the right to move any member out of the Ranch Hand class that violates the intent of this class. Rules to enter this class are:  1) the rider must be a RHAA member who owns the horse being shown, an immediate relative to horse owner or is a full time employee to the horse owner; 2) the horse must have a valid competition license; 3) the horse owner is required to own the horse being shown for at least six months prior to the competition as indicated by the date transfer recorded on the competition license. The rein rule applies unless showing a junior horse.

JUNIOR CLASS

The Junior class is designated for horses 5 years old & younger as of the beginning of a show season. A junior horse that turns 6 during the duration of a show year may complete the season in the Junior class. The burden of proof of age on a junior horse is the responsibility of the RHAA member through presentation of a competition license. It is up to the hosting location show secretary to view these documents before allowing any contestant to enter. Horses in the Junior class are permitted to be shown two handed & may either be ridden with a ring snaffle or hackamore without penalty.  Junior age horses are permitted to enter both, the Junior & the Senior divisions, granted they follow the rein regulations for both classes. Rules to enter this class are1) the rider must be a RHAA member who owns the horse being shown, an immediate relative to horse owner or is a full time employee to the horse owner; 2) the horse must have a valid competition license; 3) the horse owner is required to own the horse being shown for at least 6 months prior to the competition as indicated by the date transfer recorded on the competition license; 4) the horse must meet the age requirements of the class.

SENIOR CLASS

The Senior class is designated primarily for aged horses, 6 years old & older – However, junior aged horses may also show in this class.  All horses in this class are to be exhibited one handed in the bridle – including junior aged horses. Junior aged horses are required to adhere to the Senior class requirements when entering this class – provided it is not a combined class.  In the event the Junior & Senior classes are combined, a Junior horse may be shown two handed in a two-handed bridle, such as a ring snaffle or a hackamore. Rules to enter this class are1) the rider must be a RHAA member who either: owns the horse being shown, an immediate relative to horse owner or is a full time employee to the horse owner; 2) the horse must have a valid competition license; 3) the horse owner is required to own the horse being shown for at least 6 months prior to the competition as indicated by the date transfer recorded on the competition license.