Whether you are looking to excel in the show ring by achieving Hall of Fame or All Star status, you'll find several shows to choose from - visit our Show Schedule for more details. The two national shows hosted by the organization, the ASPC Congress and AMHR Nationals bring the highest level of competition to the show ring and represent breed perfection. Awards are presented at the annual National Convention in November, this includes the Pony of the Year, Horse of the Year, Breeder of the Year, People Hall of Fame and ASPC and AMHR Hall of Fame Awards.

The addition of AMHR Western Stock Halter Division and Classes was proposed by Jacki Loomis at the 2017 Annual Convention and passed.  Ten (10) Introductory Western Stock Halter Classes will be offered in 2018.  There are 23 additional classes that can be offered but these are non-rated classes (no points awarded). This new division celebrates the diversity of the miniature horse and welcomes new and old members from the Western Stock Horse world. 

The information and rules for this division will be included in the AMHR Halter Division Rules section of the official Rulebook.

AMHR Western Stock Halter

General Impression: The appearance of the AMHR Miniature Horse exhibited in the Western Stock Halter classes will be that of a small, attractive, durable athlete exhibiting usability, a willing temperament and good manners. The Western Stock Halter horse will be a balanced athlete with a smooth, fit, well-muscled body.  The gait of the Western Stock Halter horse will be purposeful and ground-covering with straight, low strides that have little flexion of the knees and hocks.  The head and neck will be carried in a level, relaxed position extending out from the body.  The Western Stock Halter horse will have adequate bone and substance for its sex, it will not be fine or delicate which are negative traits for a Western Stock Halter horse who should exhibit usability.

Judging Criteria:  Shall be judged using the Standard of Style of the Western Stock Halter horse and the required Presentation and Appointments specified for this division, judged 75% on conformation and 25% on presentation and appointments.

Conformation:

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       i.  Head:  The head to be attractive, dished or not and in correct proportion to the body with small, erect ears  opening forward.  The eyes to be large and wide-set over well opened nostrils.  A short muzzle and well-formed mouth showing neither parrot mouth nor undershot jaw are desirable.
      ii.  Neck:  The neck to be medium length, slightly arched and smooth with a clean cut throat latch allowing for proper air intake when at work.  The neck should join the body at an approximate 45-degree angle just above the shoulder and should be faulted when the neck joins the body too low.  Neck carriage should be relaxed and natural extending out from the body instead of up.
    iii.  Shoulders:  The well sloped shoulder, approximately 45-degrees, in conjunction with a short, strong back, allows the horse to move with a long smooth stride.
    iv.  Chest and Forelegs:  As shown by a deep heart girth and wide-set forelegs, the horse is broad chested and set atop straight legs originating from the corners of the body, narrow chest should be faulted.  The legs to be smooth jointed with short cannon bones, clean ankles and moderately angled fetlocks of medium length.
     v.  Body:  Round, full ribbed with nicely defined muscling and well-sprung ribs; back and loin short and well-muscled, underline long.  
    vi.  Hindquarters:  Muscular, rounded croup and well-angled hip of a performance horse; the hindquarters and gaskin to be deep and fully muscled through the thigh, stifle, gaskin and down to the hock indicating strength and usability.  Hocks wide set, deep and straight.
   vii.  Gait:  Purposeful and ground-covering with straight, low strides that have little flexion of the knees and hocks and looks suitable to a horse whose work could be outside of the show ring. 

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Presentation and Appointments:  Class Procedure:  The Western Stock Halter horse will be shown in equipment and appointments of the traditional Western Stock show ring.  It will exhibit good manners and responsiveness to its handler, it will stand quiet and square for inspection.

  •     Presentation:  The Western Stock Halter horse will be asked to perform a flat-footed four-beat walk past the judge(s) and a two-beat jog away from the judge(s) making a 90 degree turn.  The exhibitor will primarily present and work from the horse's left-hand side as is the custom of the Western Stock halter ring although other positions are also allowed.  The horse will be asked to stand square with all four feet flat on the ground and at least one front and one rear cannon bone perpendicular to the ground, judge may instruct exhibitor to stand horse square if needed.  Stretching, baiting (enticing horse with any body part, equipment or material) and excessive jerking or harsh use of the lead line to be viewed as a negative toward the presentation score.

        Horse to be shown clean and well groomed, body clipped or not, with full mane and tail with the length left  to the discretion of the exhibitor.  In the tradition of the Western Stock show ring, excessive clipping, and razoring or balding of the face, muzzle and eyes to be viewed as a negative toward the presentation score.

  •     Equipment:  The Western Stock Halter horse will be shown in a leather, bio-thane or nylon halter and lead of the traditional western style, halter may be adorned or not.  Arabian cable style halters are prohibited.  The lead may have a chain or not, chains will be used under the chin; chains over the nose or lip chains are prohibited.

  •     Attire:  Ladies should wear jackets or blouses with slacks, skirts or dresses of the Western type.  No bare shoulders.  Hats are optional but should be of the Western type if worn.  Gentlemen should wear Western attire with or without a Western hat.

Height:  The height of the Western Stock Halter horse will conform to those in the AMHR Standard and Halter Division Rules (Section X - Halter Division Rules, 3.2 B.)  For show purposes the Western Stock Halter horse will conform to those in the AMHR Standard and Halter Division Rules (Section X - Halter Division Rules, 3.6)

Eligibility:  The Western Stock Halter horse will conform to the eligibility rules in the AMHR Standard and Halter Division Rules (Section X - Halter Division rules, 3.3).  Entry in a driving or performance class is not required to participate in Western Stock Halter.

Disqualifications:  The Western Stock Halter horse will be disqualified for showing in incorrect equipment or for violation of rules in the AMHR Standard and Halter Division Rules (Section X - Halter Division rules, 3.2 L)

Artificial Appliances and Irritants:  The Western Stock Halter horse will conform to the rules on Artificial Appliances and Irritants in the AMHR Standard and Halter Division Rules (Section X - Halter Division rules, 3.4)

Cross-Entering:  No cross entering at a show between Halter Divisions with the exception of Amateur, Youth, Solid Color, Multi-Color classes when separate classes are not offered for the Western Stock Halter Horse.

Hall-of-Fame and All-Star Points:  Points earned in other Halter divisions do not transfer to Western Stock Halter.  Points earned in Western Stock Halter do not transfer to other Halter divisions.

Classes:  An introductory slate of 1st year classes in the Western Stock Halter division are proposed below (Table 1).  A permanent slate of 2nd year and ongoing classes in the Western Stock Halter division are proposed below (Table 2)  At the discretion of the Board of Directors, additional classes may be approved and may be offered in the same size, age and exhibitor groups as AMHR Halter with the exception of Model which is not offered in the Western Stock Halter division.  At the discretion of the Board of Directors, Western Stock Halter classes shall be designated as Hall-of-Fame and All-Star eligible.

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CONVENTION 2019

Conference Registration Form

LODGING INFORMATION
November 7-9, 2019
Woodlands Hotel & Suites
105 Visitor Center Dr

Williamsburg, VA

Online Reservation
Passkey Link: https://book.passkey.com/go/2019aspcannualconvention

Phone Reservation/Changes in Reservation
Group Reservation Specialists: 1-800-261-9530
The conference reservations office is open Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm.
Please mention the group name when calling in: 2019 ASPC Annual Convention


TRANSPORTATION INFO


Driving Information

Williamsburg, Virginia, is located 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., midway between Richmond and Virginia Beach on Interstate 64. From I-64, you may take exits 227 through 242 to reach different points of interest in the Historic Triangle.

  • Exits 227, 231 and 234: Travels to Route 60 West
  • Exit 238: Travels to Colonial Williamsburg and the downtown area
  • Exit 242: Travels to Route 60 East & Route 199 & Colonial Parkway to Yorktown
  • Exit 243: Direct access to Busch Gardens Williamsburg
  • Exit 247: To Yorktown and Route 60

For additional directions and up-to-the-minute traffic and construction information, visit 511 Virginia.

Airport & Shuttle Information

Three airports are situated within a 45-mile drive of the Williamsburg area:
Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF) – 17 miles from downtown Williamsburg
Norfolk International Airport (ORF)– 45 miles from downtown Williamsburg
Richmond International Airport (RIC) – 45 miles from downtown Williamsburg
Williamsburg Area Transporation Authority (WATA)

Train/Bus Information

City of Williamsburg Transportation Center, located in downtown Williamsburg, offers Amtrak, Greyhound Bus, rental car and taxi services. The center is open 7:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily.

 

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Two national shows hosted by the organization, the ASPC Congress and AMHR Nationals, bring the highest level of competition to the show ring and represent breed perfection. There are also levels of achievement that include All Star, Hall of Fame and Excellence awards. Choice awards are presented at the annual National Convention in November, this includes the Pony of the Year, Horse of the Year, Breeder of the Year, People Hall of Fame and ASPC and AMHR Hall of Fame Awards.

The following are the current ASPC/AMHR shows. Click on the month to expand or close the listing of events for that month. If there is an "A" at the beginning of the event, it has been approved. Those with a "P" are pending. Those with a "C" have been cancelled per the show manager. We regularly update the printable show schedule as well.

Print the complete 2019showschedule.pdf

August 2019

A Aug 1 Mississippi Valley Fair, Davenport, IA, Brian Wales
(309) 269-4824 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., AMHR

A Aug 1-3 Montana State Fair Show - Triple Point Fair, Great Falls, MT, Clifton Hanson
(406) 590-2940 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., AMHR, Classic, Modern, ASPR

A Aug 9 Bluestem Miniature Horse Club #4, Lincoln, NE, Lindsey Pinkham-Heiden
(402) 630-9421 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., AMHR

A Aug 10 The Summer Classic, Grassie, ON, Janice Zijlstra
(226) 978-1904 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., AMHR, Classic, Modern, ASPR

A Aug 10 Saskatchewan Miniature Horse Club, Moose Jaw, SK, Jodie Beler
(306) 690-3032 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., AMHR

P Aug 10 Windy Knoll Celebration, Sullivan, OH, Duane Stutzman
(740) 610-4129 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., AMHR

A Aug 10-11 NEW State Show, Pulaski, WI, Tom Kuczer
(920) 609-3429 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., AMHR

A Aug 10-11 Equine Ventures Unlimited #3, Mt. Vernon, MO, Lenard Davenport
(417) 861-9192 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., AMHR, Classic, Modern, ASPR

A Aug 11 NEMHS Summer Sizzler, Millis, MA, Shari Morris
(508) 415-7878 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., AMHR

A Aug 11 Iowa State Fair, Des Moines, IA, Jen Cannon
(515) 401-1545 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., AMHR

A Aug 17-18 Bluegrass Round-Up, Bowling Green, KY, Lisa Leonard
(270) 929-6292 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., AMHR, Classic, Modern, ASPR

A Aug 17-18 EUSAM World Championship Show, Kronenberg, NL, Els Djikstra
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., AMHR, Classic

A Aug 18 Illinois State Far, Springfield, IL, Tracy Taft
(217) 836-7018 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., AMHR

A Aug 19-24 Great Darke County Fair, Greenville, OH, Christine Detter
(937) 316-6234 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., AMHR, Classic, Modern, ASPR

A Aug 20-22 New York State Fair, Syracuse, NY, Naomi Blumenthal
(315) 436-1933 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., AMHR

A Aug 24 Indian Summer Show, Dentergem, Belgium, Tom van Loy
31651405666 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., AMHR, Classic, Modern

A Aug 24-26 Minnesota State Fair, St. Paul, MN, Mark Goodrich
(651) 288-4314 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. AMHR

September 2019

A Sept 5-15th AMHR Nationals, Tulsa, OK
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A Sept 28th OMHCI Wild N Wooly, Purcell, OK, Ruby Priore
(918) 576-1452 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., AMHR

October 2019

C Oct 5-6 Equine Ventures Unlimited #4, Mt. Vernon, MO, Lenard Davenport
(417) 861-9192 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., AMHR, Classic, Modern, ASPR

A Oct 5 The Gobbler, Grassie, ON, Janice Zijlstra
(226) 978-1904 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., AMHR, Classic, Modern, ASPR

A Oct 12-13 Indiana Circuit Club #4, New Castle, IN, Merry Wicke
(815) 573-8007 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., AMHR, Classic, Modern, ASPR

A Oct 25 North Carolina State Fair AMHR Show, Raleigh, NC, Richard Isley
(336) 908-3302 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., AMHR, Classic

A Oct 25-27 Halloween Spooktacular, Glen Rose, TX, Tracey Slagle
(308) 624-0212 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., AMHR, Classic, Modern, ASPR

November 2019

P Nov 1-3 Color Breed Congress, Tulsa, OK, Lenard Davenport
(417) 861-9192 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., AMHR

C Nov 15-17 JJ Horse Celebration, Tampa, FL, Jennifer Hoyt
(296) 209-3784 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., AMHR, Classic, Modern, ASPR