Lexington, KY; April 26, 2016 — Commencing with the 2016 competition year, the American Rhineland Studbook (ARS) will offer a comprehensive awards program for breeders and owners of Rhineland horses. An integral part of the launch of the new Studbook, the awards program has been created to reward Rhineland horses and their breeders and owners competing in sport. Awards will be given for Dressage, Eventing, Hunters and Jumpers, and Sport Horse Breed Shows.
ELIGIBILITY: All horses must be registered with the American Rhineland Society or hold registration papers from the German Rhineland Verband and have been recorded here with the ARS. Owners must be current members of the American Hanoverian Society, administrator of the American Rhineland Studbook.
DRESSAGE: The ARS will sponsor the Rhineland All-Breeds Awards through the United States Dressage Federation (USDF). A Champion and Reserve Champion Award will be offered for Training Level through Grand Prix in the Open divisions, following USDF’s rules for All-Breeds Awards as to number of shows, number of tests, number of judges, and which tests must be ridden.
One Champion and Reserve will be named in the Young Horse Division (USEF Four-Year-Old, FEI Five-Year-Old, FEI Six-Year-Old) based on the highest median score in the USDF Year-End rankings.
One Champion and Reserve will be named in the Materiale Division (all ages and sexes combined) based on the highest median score in the USDF Year-End rankings.
SPORT HORSE BREEDING: Three Champions and Reserves will be named for the Dressage Sport Horse Breed Show Divisions: 1) Champion Filly (weanlings thorough three-year-olds); 2) Champion Colt (weanlings through three-year-olds); and 3) Mature Horse (all mare divisions and stallions). Eligible stallions MUST be provisionally licensed or lifetime approved and MUST be registered Rhineland.
For the Sport Horse Breed Show Awards, the ARS will keep track of the scores “in-house” (this is not done through the USDF). Scores will be earned by the Rhineland-papered horses competing in recognized USDF Breed Shows, and the horses must compete in a minimum of three shows in the calendar year. Champions will be the horses with the highest median percentage form their age-group classes.
HUNTERS AND JUMPERS: One Hunter Champion and Reserve will be named from within all the divisions in which USEF gives National or Zone Hunter Year-End awards; highest number of “good” points to be the winners.
One Jumper Champion and Reserve will be named from within all the divisions in which USEF gives National or Zone Jumper Year-End awards; highest number of “good points to be the winner.
Hunters and Jumpers MUST be enrolled in the AHS Awards Program in order to be eligible for year-end awards. The AHS Performance Awards Form must be completed and submitted by September 30 of the competition year.
EVENTING: One Eventing Champion and Reserve will be named from within all the divisions in which the USEA gives national awards. Awards will be given based on the highest number of points earned in one division across all the levels, Beginner Novice through Advanced. Eventers MUST be enrolled in the AHS Awards Program in order to be eligible for year-end awards. The Performance Awards Form must be completed and submitted by September 30 of the competition year.
For detailed information on the new American Rhineland Studbook awards program and eligibility criteria, please visit the ARS website, www.rhineland.org or contact the ARS office at firstname.lastname@example.org