If you love sharing what great animals these are with others, this is the program for you. Whether it's showing them off in a parade, educating people through clinics or exhibitions, or joining our breed partner, ADS, for a group trail ride or event, you'll earn points toward your Companion Excellence Award!

While this program was established for amatuer members of the ASPC/AMHR/ASPR who might not have a desire to be in the show ring, it is now open to those current members who don't hold an amateur card. It allows those members to exhibit their Shetlands and Miniatures thru other venues and earn prizes while being one of the best marketers for our wonderful animals and our organization!

Companion Excellence Program Form

2018 ASPC/AMHR/ASPR Companion Excellence Award Program

Qualifying:

  • All participants must be current, adult members at the time of their participation in the event or activity.
  • The forms must be filled out and properly signed by the coordinator, show manager, club officer or supervisor.The form should not be signed by the individual program participant.
  • Forms are to be totaled and submitted once you reach your goal of 500 points.
  • Participating horses must be registered with ASPC/AMHR/ASPR.
  • Multiple horses or just one horse can be used but all must be owned by the same member in good standing with a current membership.

500 Points/One Horse - Once achieved, the member will receive an embroidered jacket with the ASPC, Inc. logo and the horse's name.   If the 500 point (one horse/one member) goal is achieved in subsequent years, the award will be determined by the American Shetland Pony Club, Inc.


500 Points
/Multiple Horses- Once achieved, the member will receive an embroidered jacket with the ASPC, Inc. logo and the member's name or farm name.   If the 500 point (multiple horses/one member) goal is achieved in subsequent years, the award will be determined by the American Shetland Pony Club, Inc.

The points are perpetual, not annual and can be won multiple times. It might take more than a year to reach the goal of 500 points and points will continue to accumulate until the goal is reached.  This program is meant to focus on members who are involved in community service and promotion of the Shetland and Miniature horse.  

 
Submission of form:

  • A copy of your membership card must be enclosed with your paperwork.
  • The completed form along with point totals.
  • Any high resolution photos, or items to show participation in the program may be included. Any photos received could be used in future issues of The Journal.
  • Forms are to be submitted at the end of the program or as the levels are reached between December 1 and December 31 of each year.

Activities:

The following is a list of activities that you may participate in with your registered Shetland or miniature horse to receive recognition. You must participate in a minimum of three different categories. 

Community Service – 10 Points

Convalescent visits to nursing homes, children’s homes, hospitals, etc.

School Demonstrations

Tree Lighting Ceremonies

Club/Group Activity – 10 Points

Clinics

Trail Rides

Trail Drives

Seminars

Fun Shows

4 H/Church-Youth Groups/Girl Scouts (youth) – 15 points per horse

This is for any horse donated event – the use of your horse donated to a youth program.

 

Team Competition – 10 points

Precision Drills

Exhibitions – 10 Points Per Horse

County Fairs

Breed Showcase Events

Open Shows – 5 Points Per Horse

Non-sanctioned Only (Enclose a Class Sheet with specified miniature or Shetland pony classes)

Local Breed Sanctioned Shows – 3 Points Per Horse

Local Club’s Shows Only

(Not including Area and National Shows)

Media Coverage – 10 Points (excludes our Journal publications)

TV Broadcast

Newspaper Articles

Billboard (not paid for)

Magazine Articles

Parades – 5 Points

Christmas

Holiday

Pageants

Spring Events

Veterans Day

Miscellaneous Drives – 5 Points

Recreational

Picnic

Traditional Day of Driving

Sleigh Rallies

ADS Carriage Driving Events – Note: No points for elimination, withdrawal or retire.
Visit American Driving Society for CDE/VSE events you can participate in with your ASPC/AMHR registered horses.

CDE (Carriage Driving Events) – 10 Points

Dressage

Cones

Marathon

Horse Driving Trials – 10 Points

Dressage

Cones

Marathon

Arena Driving – 10 Points

Dressage

Cones

Marathon

Pleasure Classes – 10 Points

Dressage

Cones

Marathon

 

Any questions, please contact  Tina Byers (309)263-4044 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   or
Janice Bryant (423)243-8447
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Submit forms to the home office: ASPC, Inc. - ATTN: Tina Byers, 81-B E. Queenwood Rd, Morton, IL, 61550.

Please take advantage of these wonderful awards and have fun with your ponies and minis!

COOL Classes are recommended to be included in all shows to encourage physically and mentally challenged individuals to expand their enjoyment of ponies and miniature horses by offering the opportunity to participate at pointed shows. At least one Halter, Showmanship and Driving Class must be included in the Area and National Shows. It is recommended that shows not charge an entry fee for the COOL classes and that the classes may be split for Youth and Adult. Of course, Safety First! All modifications must be designed to maximize safety in the showring. 

ASPC/AMHR Adult COOL Showman of the Year Point Tabulation Worksheet

Click on any of the following for more information on COOL classes or scroll through the Rulebook info below:

Eligibility
Adult Exhibitor
Youth Exhibitor
Cross Entering Rules
Aids
Dress
Ring Conditions
COOL Showmanship Rules
COOL Halter Class Rules
COOL Obstacle Class Rules
COOL Driving Class Rules

 Eligibility
For horse show purposes, persons competing in this division must have a disability in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
A disability is defined by the ADA as: "A physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities; or a record of such impairment; or being regarded as having such an impairment."
Reasonable accommodations shall be granted on a case by case basis. A reasonable accommodation is any modification or adjustment that makes it possible for an individual with a disability to enjoy equal opportunities.
Direct any questions regarding eligibility to the Show Management.

Adult Exhibitors
In the case of adult exhibitors, each participant assumes all risk of personal injury or property damage and releases and discharges the corporation and show management, their respective officers, directors, representatives and employees from any and all liability, whenever or however arising, as to personal injury or property damage occurring as a result of participation in these events.

Youth Exhibitors
If the exhibitor is a minor, the parent or guardian, by allowing participation, assumes all risk of personal injury or property damage occurring as the result of the participation and does hereby release and discharge the corporation and show management, their respective officers, directors, representatives, and employees, from any and all liability whenever or however arising from such participation except for the willful or wanton act of omission, if any, of those who are indemnified. Further, a parent or legal guardian, they agree to indemnify and hold harmless the corporation and show management from such liablity to the minor.

Cross Entering Rules
COOL exhibitors may cross enter into any other class as long as they meet the eligibility requirements for that class.

AIDS
COOL exhibitors have the option of utilizing a variety of "aids". Any "aid" must be provided by the individual exhibitor. An "aid" includes but is not limited to:
Another person who accompanies the exhibitor into the ring. These individuals will be referred to as "attendants".
a. Attendants should be at least 16 years old.
b. Attendants should be appropriately attired.
c. Attendants may touch the horse or exhibitor, as necessary, to ensure safety.
d. Attendants may verbally assist the exhibitor (i.e., "you are getting too close to the wall", etc.). They may also clarify or repeat directions as necessary.
e. Attendants may physically help an exhibitor in a mobility device (electric wheelchair, scooter, etc) should soft or deep footing become a problem.
f. A headset or two-way radio may be used by visually impaired or mentally challenged exhibitors.
g. In addition to their attendant, hearing impaired exhibitors may bring their own translator into the ring.
h. An exhibitor using a mobility device may lead from either side of the horse.
i. Use of a modified halter or lead is not to be penalized as long as it is clean and safe.

Exhibitors who choose not to use these modifications should not be penalized unless their decision results in an unsafe situation.

COOL exhibitors must provide their own specialized equipment, attendants, translators, etc. While show management is not responsible for the exhibitor's needs, show management is responsible for implementing the approved COOL modifications.

All COOL classes are limited to Mares and Geldings - No Stallions.

Dress
Exhibitors should be appropriately attired. Boots, gloves and hats are suggested for showmanship classes, but are not required.

Ring Conditions
Ring conditions often change during the course of the show. Adjustments (such as the placement of the line up, etc) should be made accordingly. If deep footing is a problem, the Show Manager should decide to use only the better portion of the ring.

Notification of the modifications is highly recommended! Modifications should be noted on the prize list. It is the Show Secretary's responsibility to inform the Judges of COOL modifications prior to the start of the show.

COOL exhibitors that are unable to fully meet class specifications due to limitations will not be disqualified from any COOL class.

COOL Showmanship Rules
Boots, gloves and hats are suggested but not required.

Always use Pattern 1 even if another pattern is to be used in other showmanship classes at the same show.

Modifications of Pattern 1 are acceptable, if necessary. For example, an exhibitor using a mobility device will have difficulty moving from one side of the horse to the other. An acceptable alternative could be for the exhibitor to move around to a position in front of the horse's head so that the Judge is able to have an unobstructed view. The exhibitor would move back to his or her original position after the Judge passed by.

An exhibitor who inadvertantly touches the horse because of poor balance or inadequate motor coordination will not be penalized.

Halter Class Rules
Since exhibitors using a mobility device may have difficulty keeping their horse trotting on rough or deep footing, the Judge will take this into consideration when placing the class.

Exhibitors should make every efffort to "set up" their horse without assistance. Attendants may assist only if safety becomes an issue.

Judges must ascertain the quality of conformation even if the exhibitor is unable to present his/her horse to its full advantage. Exhibitors will not be penalized for clumsy positioning or inability to "square up".

Obstacle Class Rules
Six will be the maximum number of obstacles.

The exhibitor will be allowed up to 90 seconds to complete each obstacle.

Exhibitors will not be penalized for crossing their own path.

Exhibitors will not be penalized for taking an obstacle on the wrong side. Since exhibitors may lead from either side, all obstacles should be designed to be taken from either side.

All obstacles should be designed wide enough for a mobility device/horse combination to successfully negotiate them.

Obstacles should be brightly colored to assist the visually impaired participants.

As with all obstacle courses, the exhibitor must attempt to have a clean round. When there is more than one clean round in a class, Judges should evaluate the willingness and the responsiveness of the horse as well as the way in which the handler and the horse interact.

Driving Class Rules
Classes may be split by the Show Manager to provide adequate space for all COOL participants.

Headers should be allowed easy access in case they are needed quickly (i.e.: the center ring is preferable).

Headers may hold the horse while at a stand.

Head-sets or two-way radios are encouraged for the visually impaired.

Wearing protective ASTM/SEI Equine Helmets is strongly recommended.

The Judges may consider the suitability of the horse. They may penalize or excuse an unsafe entry based on the Standard ASPC/AMHR/ASPR Rulebook.

The Super Gelding program was created to help showcase how amazing geldings are to own. Little credit is given to how versatile geldings are for the entire family in and out of the show ring. The Super Gelding program is here to spotlight them! The program rules are simple. A $20 nomination fee will secure your gelding a place in either halter or performance categories (or $40 for both). Categories are offered for all divisions. The nomination deadline is Dec. 1 of each year (points can be tallied from Dec 2- Nov 30 of that show season). Fill out the nomination form below, attach your $20 and mail in to the AMHR/ASPC office. Then keep track of your points throughout the show season and mail those in to the committee chair. You DO NOT have to be nominated before the show season. You can mail in your nomination and points at the same time. The winner of their division/category will be given 80% of the nomination pot and a brag award donated by sponsors.

Click Here to Download the nomination form

The rules are below for the following categories:

Performance tabulation:

 For each gelding nominated, chose up to 20 performance classes to fill out the form. On the form provided, fill out the date of the show, the class name, and the place given along with the judges name. Each judge is considered 1 class. For example, at a 3 judge show, you can choose the placings from one or all judges to count towards your 20 performance classes. Use the point system to calculate and total your points. Points will be double checked by the Super Gelding Committee. In case of a tie, the tie will be broken by which horse received the most first places in the classes submitted (HOF point system).
Examples of performance classes: Driving, in-hand obstacle, hunter, jumper, liberty

Super Gelding Points Tabulation (pdf file)
Super Gelding Points Tabulation (Word)


Halter tabulation:

For each gelding nominated, chose up to 10 halter classes to fill out the form. On the form provided, fill out the date of the show, the class name, and the place given along with the judges name. Each judge is considered 1 class. For example, at a 3 judge show, you can choose the placings from one or all judges to count towards your 10 halter classes. Use the point system to calculate and total your points. Points will be double checked by the Super Gelding Committee. In case of a tie, the tie will be broken by which horse received the most first places in the classes submitted (HOF point system).
Examples of halter classes: Aged, model, color

Points system:

Each horse is awarded pointed based on placing in the class. Points will be awarded as follows:

First place = 10 points
Second place = 8 points
Third place = 6 points
Fourth place = 4 points
Fifth place = 2 points
Sixth place = 0.5 points

The following divisions are awarded:

Miniature Performance A, Miniature Performance B, Foundation Performance, Classic Performance, MP Performance, Modern Performance, ASPR Performance
Miniature Halter A, Miniature Halter B, Foundation Halter, Classic Halter, MP Halter, Modern Halter, ASPR Halter

2018 Super Gelding Winners

Sponsorship

If you'd like to become a sponsor, please contact the committee chair. Or if you have questions, don't hesitate to call Keri Kinghorn at 435.225.5275 or by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


2019 is going to be an exciting year for all ASPC/AMHR/ASPR Amateurs!! We hope to involve you!  New programs will be added throughout the year - please check back often to see what is happening. We also want input from our Amateurs! We need to know your thoughts on new programs and help with existing ones. We have had 15 very successful years with the Amateur Program but with time, comes change. We hope you feel the changes being make the Amateur Program even better!

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