High Point Program
The East Tennessee Saddlebred Association offers a High Point Awards Program in which ETSA members have the opportunity to show at affiliated shows and earn points toward High Point Awards. ETSA holds a banquet each year where these awards are presented and members recognized for their accomplishments.
The list of affiliated shows can be found on the Horse Show Calendar page.
To participate in the High Point Awards Program:
- Both the owner and rider must be current members of ETSA in good standing (membership dues paid for current year)
- Must show in three (3) recognized shows from the list of affiliated shows listed on the ETSA official website. If a particular class is only offered at two affiliated shows, then the award will be presented based on points from those two shows.
- Academy riders must show at two (2) affiliated shows.
- Nominator must assist with a show put on by ETSA (ETSA Spring Classic, ETSA Midsummer Classic or other ETSA sponsored event (Note: Helping at affiliated shows does not meet this requirement) by serving on the horse show committee– (Must attend at least 3 meetings), providing food for the exhibitors party/hospitality breakfast, working during a show, selling sponsorships, sponsoring Add A Class, or sponsoring ETSA horse show classes.
- It is the member’s responsibility to notify the Recording Secretary within fourteen (14) days by writing or through email of any service performed in E.4. August 31 is the final deadline for submitting this information in writing for high point qualification.
Nomination and Accruing Points
- Horses must be nominated in order to receive points. In equitation and academy divisions, the rider must be nominated in order to receive points. A nomination form must be filled out and submitted to the ETSA recording secretary before the horse or rider is eligible for points.
- Points will be awarded in the class the horse or rider shows in at each individual show. Horses are not required to be nominated in a particular division; however, points will be awarded only for the exact class in which the horse is shown at each affiliated show. If horses or riders change division from show to show, the points will be awarded for the exact class for each show.
- Points earned follow the horse, not the rider. Exception: In equitation and academy points follow the rider.
- Points follow the horse if the horse is sold. The new owner must be a current ETSA member and fulfill eligibility requirements to accrue points.
- Points are earned from the date the nomination is received or postmark date if mailed. Points will NOT be awarded for any shows prior to nomination.
- The recorded owner of the horse (per ASHA database) must be a current ETSA member. All riders showing the horse must be current members of ETSA in order to receive points.
- Members are responsible for contacting the recording secretary by writing or through email within fourteen (14) days of any service performed in E.4. The final deadline for submission is Aug. 31.
Points will be awarded as follows:
First place – 10 points
Second place – 9 points
Third place – 8 points
Fourth place – 7 points
Fifth place – 6 points
Sixth place – 5 points
Seventh place – 4 points
Eighth place – 3 points
Ninth place – 2 points
Tenth place – 1 point
Double points will be awarded for championship classes with a qualifier. The horse or rider for equitation and academy must have shown and been judged in both classes to qualify for double points
Double points will be awarded for shows within the state of Tennessee.
The stated points will be awarded regardless of the number of entries shown in a class.
Points, nominations and eligibility requirement status will be kept by the recording secretary or other individual selected by the President with the approval of the Executive Board.
Divisions and Classes
Points will be awarded in the following classes under the listed divisions. Nominated horses will receive points for any of the following listed classes. Points will be awarded for the exact class the horse is shown in at a given show.
Divisions Included in High Point Award Program
ASB Five Gaited Division – Open, Amateur, Junior Exhibitor, Junior Horse, Ladies
ASB Three Gaited Division – Open, Amateur, Junior Exhibitor, Junior Horse, Ladies
ASB Fine Harness Division – (one award) points will be awarded for Open, Amateur, Junior Exhibitor, Junior Horse
ASB Three Gaited Park Full Mane and Tail Division – Open, Amateur, Junior Exhibitor, Junior Horse, ASB Park Pleasure Division – Open, Amateur, Junior Exhibitor, Junior Horse
ASB Show Pleasure Division – Three Gaited Adult Show Pleasure, Three Gaited Junior Exhibitor Show Pleasure, Five Gaited Adult Show Pleasure, Five Gaited Junior Exhibitor Show Pleasure, Show Pleasure Driving, Amateur Trained
ASB Country Pleasure Division – Three Gaited English Country Pleasure Adult, Three Gaited English Country Pleasure Junior Exhibitor, Five Gaited Country Pleasure, Country Western Pleasure, Hunter Country Pleasure, Natural Country Pleasure, Country Pleasure Driving, Amateur Trained
Equitation Division – Saddle Seat Equitation Adult, Saddle Seat Equitation 17 & under (W/T/C), Saddle Seat Equitation 10 & under (W/T)
Roadster Pony Division – Open, Amateur, Junior Exhibitor, Under Saddle
Saddle Pony Division – English Pleasure Pony
Hackney Pleasure Driving Pony Division – Adult, Junior Exhibitor
Harness Pony Division – Harness Pony
Hackney Pony Division – Hackney Pony (cob tail)
Road Horse to Bike Division – (one award) points will be awarded for Open, Adult or Junior Exhibitor
English Pleasure – Junior Exhibitor walk & trot
Miscellaneous Division Open Breed – Open Western Pleasure, Open Hunter Under, Open English Pleasure WT, Open English Pleasure WTC, Open Pleasure Driving
Academy Equitation Division – 8 & under walk & trot equitation, 9-10 walk & trot equitation, 11-17 walk & trot equitation, adult equitation walk & trot, 14 & under W/T/C equitation, 15 & over W/T/C equitation, adult W/T/C equitation, academy lead line walk & trot, academy driving, future show ring star (lead line)
Note: Restricted classes do not count for points (i.e. Shatner Country Western Pleasure, UPHA
The following special awards are given to individuals voted on by the membership at large by secret ballot provided by ETSA prior to the annual meeting and awards banquet. Ballots shall be opened by a committee consisting of three (3) individuals selected from the membership at large.
- ETSA Sportsman of the Year; nomination of membership at large.
- ETSA Sportswoman of the Year; nomination of membership at large
- Youth Sportsmanship Award; nomination of membership at large.
Awards Banquet High point awards will be presented at an annual Awards Banquet held for the general membership. Awards are presented for Special Awards and High Point Awards earned by individuals and/or horses based on the rules listed herein. Members who have not met the stated criteria will not be eligible to receive high point awards regardless of performance. It is the member’s responsibility to arrange award pick up in the event they are unable to attend the awards banquet. ETSA can mail awards to those members willing to pay the packing and postage cost.
Affiliated Shows recognized by ETSA will be posted on the official website. Adult members may request inclusion of other horse shows by a written request from three (3) non-related current adult members for shows within the state of Tennessee. For shows outside the state of Tennessee, five (5) non-related current adult members must submit requests.
Horse shows should come from the immediate area – Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Virginia, West Virginia, or Kentucky. All affiliation requests for the calendar year must be received by January 15 of each year. Exception: Newly organized shows during the season may be requested a minimum of six (6) weeks prior to the entry closing date of the show with three (3) non-related current adult members requests for Tennessee shows, and five (5) non-related current adult members requests for shows outside the state. Horse show management may request affiliation by completing the horse show affiliation agreement posted on the official ETSA website. All requests must be made a minimum of six (6) weeks prior to the entry closing date of the show so members can be notified of affiliation. Shows will not be affiliated when the request comes after said show’s entry closing date. In order to be affiliated, shows must have a minimum of five (5) of the classes listed on the affiliation form which is available from the current ETSA recording secretary or on ETSA’s website.
Affiliated shows will be provided with ETSA’s member mailing list and asked to include ETSA with their affiliations. It is also requested that affiliated shows provide the ETSA with complete show results no later than two (2) weeks after the conclusion of the horse show. The affiliated shows will be continuous from year to year.
A rolling purge will be conducted yearly by the executive board to remove shows who do not comply with the affiliation criteria or shows at which members do not participate.
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