2008 NFQHA Rule Addendums

1) In order to help NFQHA clubs and contestants in this difficult economy, a temporary exception has been made to the Judge rule #5 on page 25 of the rule book stating that a judge may not “judge more than one show per state within 180 days without approval from the NFQHA office.”

During 2008 a club will be allowed to hold two complete shows on the same weekend (back to back) using the same judges. However, those same judges can not be used again in the same state during 2008. This exception will be reviewed before the 2009 show season.

2) In Ranch Trail unbridling and rebridling the horse and picking up the feet will no longer be a mandatory obstacle (page 56 item 2b and 2d) but will be listed as an optional obstacle. This change was made to address time concerns with the excessive amount of time it takes for each contestant to complete the course.

Please make the necessary notations in your NFQHA Rule Book.

New Rules and Clarifications Effective 1-1-07

Fees:
Research-
Research Certification Fee 2 years & Older
$25.00
Weanlings & Yearlings up to 12/31 of their yearling year $20.00
Non Member Research $35.00
Journal Subscriptions
Current NFQHA Member 1 year
$18.00
Current NFQHA Member 3 year $47.00
Non Member US 1 year $23.00
Non Member Foreign 1 year $30.00
Membership
Membership Suspension –
Misuse of club funds
Documented animal abuse or cruelty regardless of species
NFQHA Shows
Open Division
No horse entered in Open Versatility Competition my show in Novice or Non Pro HRO Versatility at the same show.
Novice Division
Novice lead changes may be simple lead changes with a maximum score of 4 (if executed perfectly) except in Western Riding. A change may be corrected on the fly within 3 strides, maximum score then being 2 points. Stopping to correct wrong lead will result in a zero score for the lead.Cannot have lifetime earnings of $500.00 or more in any of the above referenced associations or similar associations.
Youth Division – Youths will be considered anyone under age of 18 years as of Jan 1st of each calender year. The Youth Division will be broken into two age groups, 14 and over and 13 and under. If the 13 and under group is not filled (3 or more) they have the optionof moving into the older division classes as needed.

No youth may exhibit or handle any stallions (two years or older) in any classes (in any divisions) or on the show grounds unless they have turned 18. If they have turned 18 they may show and/or handle a stallion in any qualifying class/division except Youth. Please be prepared to show ID.

Youth lead changes may be simple lead changes with a maximum score of 4 (if executed perfectly) except in Western Riding. A change may be corrected on the fly within 3 strides, maximum score then being 2 points. Stopping to correct wrong lead will result in a zero score for the lead.

Non Pro Division
Eligibility For Horse – Cannot compete in any individual Non Pro class in which it has lifetime earnings of $500.00 or more in any event or *closely related event in any recognized show or competition including but not limited to: AQHA, NRHA, NRCHA, ABRA, PHBA, IBHA, PRCA, WPRA, PTPA, ATPA, USTRC, ACTRA, or High School Rodeo. (Horse may compete in any other Non Pro Classes.)
Walk Trot Classes
Clubs may offer NFQHA point earning walk/trot and lead line classes called Rawhide Division for youth under the age of 7. These points will not count towards show or National Year End High Points and are not eligble for COA’s.
Rawhide Division
For youth 7 years of age and under as of January 1st of the show year. Points earned will be recorded at the National Level. Points earned do not count towards any National Year End or Show All around High Point Awards. There will be no Certificates Of Ability for these classes. The following classes may be offered:
1. Walk/Trot. Rawhides will guide their horses at the walk and trot at the judges command. Judge may ask for simple maneuvers at their discretion. There will be no pattern the judge will direct the rider.
2. Walk/Trot Lead Line. Exhibitors may be lead from the ground or horseback. Rawhides will guide their horses at the walk and trot at the judge’s command. Judge may ask for simple maneuvers at their discretion. There will be no pattern the judge will direct the rider.
3. Trail. Course should be very simple. Backing, haunch or forehand turn, bridge, sidepass, weave cones. No gate faster than a trot.
4. Lead Line Trail. Course should be very simple. Backing, haunch or forehand turn, bridge, sidepass, weave cones. No gate faster than a trot.
5. Barrel Race
6. Lead Line Barrel Race
7. Pole Bending
8. Lead Line Pole Bending
9. Key Race
10. Lead Line Key Race
11. Agility
12. Lead Line AgilityGeneral Rules
1. Lead Line may be lead from the ground or another horse except in Trail.
2. Horse ridden by Rawhide must be at least 3 years of age or older as of January 1st of the current year.
3. Stallions may not be used in these classes either to lead a Rawhide or to be ridden by a Rawhide.
4. A Rawhide may enter the ride alone class or the Lead Line but not both at the same show.
5. Western saddles only. Stirrups are to fit the child or not be used. They are being judged on their hands, seat, and leg position.
6. In Lead Line the horse must be lead by a lead shank attached to a halter that is under a bridle, head stall or bosal.
7. The leader of a Lead Line exhibitor must be a least 16 years of age.
8. A competitor in Lead Line may not compete in ‘ride alone’ classes. If they are capable of of riding alone they should not compete against against the Lead Line group.
9. No rider in the Rawhide division may show in any other division.
10. A horse may be ridden in each class two times.
11. The ‘Leader’ may go as many times as desired.
12. Any horses used to pony the Lead Line contestant need not be NFQHA Certified but must conform to the NFQHA clipping, grooming and tack rules.
13. All NFQHA clipping, grooming, tack and attire rules apply.
14. A judge may dismiss any competitor at any time they feel the child, horse, or leader is in danger.
15. A judge may coach, assist or guide a Rawhide at any time, particularly in the trail course, keeping in mind the time constraints of the show. It is important to make these classes a fun , educational and positive experience to build on.

Scoring Criteria:
1. Horse should have a calm quiet demeanor.
2. Horse should exhibit smooth gaits.
3. Transitions to and from the trot should be smooth.
4. Horse should be well mannered.
5. This is the only NFQHA class where the rider is scored. Proper seat, legs posture, and hands will be scored to help encourage good horsemanship in the future. This will be scored using the NFQHA system of 0-10 with 5 being average. Cuteness is not a judgable factor.

Versatility
A horse may only compete for Versatility in one division unless being shown in Youth Versatility. If competing in Youth Versatilty the horse may compete in ONE other division for Versatility. The division must be declared prior to showing in the first Versatility class of the show.
Clubs- Clubs or groups that hold NFQHA approved events shall receive a free listing on the NFQHA website and the NFQHJ website. For NFQHA Point earning events they may have a free 1/4 page ad in the National Foundation Quarter Horse Journal (camera ready ad provided by the group for two consecutive issues), and and advertising discount on largerr camera ready ads. Graphics design fee may apply to ads not camera ready.
Judges:
Must Not add the score sheets, or change a score after the finish of a run unless it was a ring steward error.
Must reveiw the score sheet after each run. May only change a score if the the scribe/ring steward has noted it down incorrectly and must initial the change. Addition of the score sheet shall be done by the show office. Show office shall be responsible for the final accuracy of addition.
Show Management
Show Results
15) Submit ACCURATE AND COMPLETE show records to NFQHA office as follows:
a) Submit show results including the $1 per class fee within 10 working days. Any results not at the NFQHA office within 16 days from the last day of the show may be subject to a $50 late fee.
b)All original score sheets (added three times for accuracy) and initialed by judge, scribe and show secretary.
c) Copy of all show records (show program) e-mailed or mailed on a disc to NFQHA.
d) All NFQHA memberships and Non Pro Applications taken at the show must be mailed to NFQHA the next business day. If this is not possible then the information must be phoned, faxed or e-mailed to NFQHA the first possible day.
e) All NFQHA $1 per class fees are to be sent within 10 business days or with the new memberships taken at the show. Any $1 per class fees not received by NFQHA Events, Inc at the time show results are receive will result in National points tabulation being delayed.
National points are not issued until everything is received satisfactorily in the NFQHA office.
Show Approval
3. A completed show application, together with a $25 non refundable fee for each judge, and a list of ALL classes offered shall be postmarked and submitted to NFQHA no less than 90 days prior to the date of the proposed show. (The reason for this is to allow ample time for advertising, both regionally and in the NFQHA Journal to help ensure the success of the show.) Under special cercumstances NFQHA may at their sole discretion, waive this requirement. Applications sent in less than 90 days prior to the show may be assessed a $50 per judge late fee at NFQHA’s discretion, IF approved. Late applications are less likely to be approved.
5. An NFQHA show application that offers less than a “Minimum Show” must be petitioned to NFQHA for approval. A Minimum show id defined as offering Versatility Competition which consists of Ranch Riding, Ranch Trail, Reining, Agility and Ranch Cutting. All divisions must be offered.
17. Class fees are set by the organization hosting the NFQHA point show. Fees are typically set by the number of judges then cattle fees applied to cattle classes. NFQHA recommends that Timed Events and Ranch Sorting fees be reduced as the placing/score will be the same under all judges. 18. Alternative Competition – Any reputable show organization may petition to host an NFQHA point earning show. The show must be run in accordance with NFQHA standards. Video and/or an NFQHA approved show director may be required. Petition must be made at least 120 prior to show date.
Show Rules – General
General Rules
7. The official birth date of all horses registered with AQHA is January 1st of that year regardless of their actual date of birth.
8. Any exhibitor with a disability that prevents them from performing any maneuver/s in the prescribed manner need to report the disability to the show manger or to the judges(through the Ring Steward/Scribe) prior to competing or during the morning exhibitor meeting.General Class Rules
2. Training aids or devices (whips, flags, Parelli sticks, clickers…) are not allowed in any NFQHA classes.
4. Show Manager, Show Secretary and Judges may not own or show in any classes except Ranch Sorting, Barrels, Poles, Key Race, and Agility. They may only show in those classes provided that it does not conflict with any of their show duties. Judges may compete in Ranch Sorting competition with anyone they will no longer be judging, the show secretary, show manageer, show director, or another judge. If fraternization becomes an issue this right will be revoked.
5. A horse may enter a class only once per division. All horses may cross enter in any classes which they qualify in the division with the exception of Trail only, however they must designate which division they are competing in for Versatility prior to their first class. Example: 4 year old horse that qualifies in both in Novice and Non Pro divisions could show in Open, Novice, Youth (with youth rider, mares and geldings only) and Non Pro in all classes except Trail. Clubs may require contestants to designate which division they wish to compete for Show high point in prior to their first class. Horses competing in Youth Versatility may only compete in Versatility in ONE other division.
6. NFQHA recommends using different patterns for each division to keep the competition more equitable between competitors with cross entries allowed.
Equipment
Snaffle bits mayh not have shanks, cheek piece or attachement ring that creates leverage or gag action. Snaffle ring diameter may not be more than 4 inches. The mouth piece may be two or three pieces. A three piece connecting ring of 1 1/4″ or less in diameter (roller) or connecting flat bar (dog bone) 3/8″ to 3/4″ measured top to bottom with a maximum length of 2″ are acceptable providing they lay flat in the mouth. Snaffle shouldNo chain curb straps allowed with snaffle bits.Curb bits may have a three piece connecting ring of 1 1/4″ or less in diameter (roller) or connecting flat bar (dog bone) 3/8″ to 3/4″ measured top to bottom with a maximum length of 2″ are acceptable providing they lay flat in the mouth.

Curb bits must have a properly adjusted curb strap (leather, nylon or chain). Curb strap must connect directly with the bit, not tied on with string, wire, etc. Broken straps are not necessarily a disqualification.

Catagoy III

Judges, Show Managers and Show Secretaries may show in these classes as long as reliable substitutes are available to handle their duties.

Failure to follow the prescribed timed event course shall result in disqualification.

Breed Class

Judging: 13) Powerful hip with a long sloping croup. Muscle should tie in low on the leg and present a heavily muscled gaskin.