Youth Programs

6001. Membership Requirement. Refer Rule(s) 1-5.

6002. Age Requirements. Refer to Rule(s) 5.

 

A. The minimum age of a youth exhibitor is five (5) years;

 

B. If a youth is thirteen (13) years of age on December 31, of the preceding year, s/he will show as a thirteen (13)-year-old for the next calendar year, even though s/he may become fourteen (14) within the show year;

 

C. The maximum age is eighteen (18) years. However, if a youth is eighteen (18) years of age on December 31st, of the preceding year, s/he will show as an eighteen (18) year-old for the next calendar year, even though s/he may become nineteen (19) within the show year.

 

6003. Youth Programs. These are the youth programs:

 

A. Youth eighteen (18) years through five (5) years which may be split into

the following age groups:

 

1) Youth five (5) years through thirteen(13) years,

 

2) Youth fourteen (14) through eighteen (18) years;

 

B. Novice Youth eighteen (18) years through five (5) years which may be split into the following age groups:

 

1) Novice Youth five (5) years through thirteen (13) years;

 

2) Novice Youth fourteen (14) through eighteen (18) years

 

C. Youth Walk-Trot five (5) through nine (9) years:

D. Youth Walk-Trot ten (10) through eighteen (18):

 

E. Events may be offered for each of these youth programs with no restrictions as to the number in a class.

 

6004. Combining Divisions. Similar classes in different divisions may not be combined. Exception: Color class, refer to Rule(s) 3371-3373.

6005. Birth Certificate. A certified copy of the youth’s birth certificate should be submitted to PHBA.

6006. Marriage. Married contestants or those who have been married, regardless of age, are ineligible for youth competition. Points earned prior to the marriage count towards youth awards.

6007. Recommended Classes. It is recommended that a horse show offer at least three (3) youth classes in any one division for that show to be eligible for approval. At least one (1) class must be youth showmanship at halter.

6008. Ownership. A youth does not have to own the PHBA horse that s/he shows in the youth program classes.

6009. Exhibiting Multiple Horses. A youth may not show more than one

(1) horse in any class; however, in individual working events, a youth may show three (3) horses. EXCEPTION: Showmanship; and were it prohibits such as longe line.

6010. Exhibiting of Same Horse.

 

A. No horse may be exhibited by more than one (1) youth in any one class;

 

B. A horse may be shown by different youth in different subdivisions of the same class. Example: a horse shown by a youth in 13 & under western pleasure may be shown by another youth in 14-18 western pleasure.

 

6011. Stallions. Youth shall not show stallions in any youth class. A Youth under 13 years of age may not lead a stallion in any class.

6012. Changing Horses. A judge may not ask the exhibitor to change hors­es with another exhibitor in any youth event.

6013. Class Specifications. Youth classes will be judged according to the rules of the corresponding open classes, if not specifically described.

6014. Every person competing in the PHBA Youth Program shall be notified that the Youth Program may permit options that might prohibit future Amateur and Novice/Amateur Program eligibility.

6015. At show management’s option, any number of youth performance classes may be offered as Youth 18 & Under and Novice Youth 18 & Under classes. EXCEPTION: jumping and team penning may only be offered as Youth 18 & Under.

NOVICE YOUTH PROGRAM

6021. Novice Youth Eligibility. A person is considered a Novice Youth exhibitor by PHBA when a youth has met all the following qualifications for the previous five (5) calendar years.

 

A. Exhibitors cannot have earned a total of one hundred (100) or more lifetime performance points in all PHBA divisions or programs (i.e. Open, Youth, Novice Youth) combined.

 

1) Halter, color, longe line, leadline, hunter in hand, parade, walk-trot and points from classes not offered in the Novice division are not used are not used in calculating Novice Youth status;

 

B. The Novice Youth cannot have won a World Champion title in PHBA; EXCEPTION: halter, color, longe line and Novice Youth classes;

 

C. The Novice Youth cannot have won a World Champion title in any other equine organization; EXCEPTION: halter, color, longe line and Novice Youth classes;

 

D. The Novice Youth cannot have earned more than twenty-five (25) points in any other equine organization; EXCEPTION: halter, color, longe line classes;

 

E. The Novice Youth cannot have earned more than $5000 in cash awards in PHBA or any other equine organization; EXCEPTION: halter, color, longe line classes;

 

F. Any individual that has been a horse show judge is ineligible.

 

YOUTH 5-9 WALK TROT PROGRAM

6410. This division is for youth five (5) through nine (9) years of age.

 

6411. Once an exhibitor has been judged in a performance class at a lope/canter, s/he cannot exhibit in another youth division at the same horse show;

 

A. An exhibitor may not show in two age divisions at the same show (ie an exhibitor may not show in both Walk Trot Showmanship and 13 & Under Showmanship)

 

6412. The horse may be used in other classes.

6413. Showmanship at Halter. To be judged in the same manner as Youth Showmanship at Halter. See Rule(s) 6201-6208.

6414. Western Pleasure. To be judged the same as Western Pleasure, omitting the lope and extended gaits. See Rule(s) 3511-3523.

6415. Western Horsemanship. This class will be judged the same as Youth Western Horsemanship, omitting the lope, extended gaits. See Rule(s) 6251-6259.

6416. Hunter Under Saddle. To be judged the same as Hunter Under Saddle, omitting the extended gaits, canter or hand gallop. See Rule(s) 3425-3429. It is required that the exhibitor wears appropriate protective head gear with chin strap under chin.

6417. Hunt Seat Equitation. To be judged the same as Youth Hunt Seat Equitation, omitting the canter, extended gaits, hand gallop, and riding without irons. See Rule(s) 6231-6242. It is required that the exhibitor wears appropriate protective head gear with chin strap under chin.

6418. Trail. To be judged the same as Trail omitting the lope, gate and any other obstacle which the execution of may compromise safety. See Rule(s) 3571-3597.

6419. PHBA points, refer to Rule(s) 3111-3114.

6420. These classes will be eligible for year end award and ROM, however, these classes cannot be counted for any other PHBA Youth Awards.

 

YOUTH 10 – 18 WALK TROT PROGRAM

 

6450. This division is for Youth ages 10 through 18 years of age.

6451. A horse/rider combination may either show in this division or in one of the other youth divisions at the same show. The horse/rider combination may not show in both the walk/trot division and a division that requires a lope/canter. Exception: halter, color, hunter in hand, longe line, driving and parade.

6453. Showmanship at Halter. To be judged in the same manner as Youth Showmanship at Halter. See Rules 6201-6208.

6454. Western Pleasure. To be judged the same as Western Pleasure, omitting the lope. See Rules 3511-3523.

6455. Western Horsemanship. To be judged the same as Youth Western Horsemanship, omitting the lope. Exhibitors shall not be asked to drop stirrups or dismount and/or remount. See Rules 6251-6259.

6456. Hunter Under Saddle. To be judged the same as Hunter Under Saddle, omitting the canter and hand gallop. See Rules 3425-3426. It is required that the exhibitor wears appropriate protective head gear with chin strap under chin.

6457. Hunt Seat Equitation. To be judged the same as Youth Hunt Seat Equitation, omitting the canter and hand gallop and riding without irons. See Rules 6231-6242. It is required that the exhibitor wears appropriate protective head gear with chin strap under the chin.

6458. Trail. To be judged the same as Trail omitting the lope. See Rules 3571-3597.

6459. PHBA points, refer to Rule(s) 3111-3114.

6460. These classes will be eligible for year end awards, ROM and Superior Awards, however, these classes cannot be counted for any other PHBA Youth Awards. Youth 10 through 18 Walk Trot ROM’s shall not make a horse eligible for Youth Performance Halter.