AWARDS

The United States Working Equitation Association has numerous programs to recognize the achievements of  both its members and member's horses. These awards include year end high points, lifetime point tabulations and specific awards sponsored by individuals, breed organizations and clubs. It is up to the individual member to insure all qualifying points are credited to the proper Horse's HID number.

 

Year End Specialty Awards

 

Along with the standard year-end high point awards presented to each competition level, the USAWEA presents awards to specific high point performing horses. The Specialty Awards or Sweepstakes which may be Perpetual Trophies vary as they are based on the sponsorship USAWEA receives from a Breed Association or private Businesses such as Breeders or Trainers. All horses are eligible for these awards, using the following criteria:

  • 1.    The horse, rider and owner must be current USAWEA members in good standing at the time the scores were earned.
  • 2.    The Specialty Award nomination fee of $10 per year per horse per award division entered must be paid before the scores are earned.
  • 3.    The Horse must have registration papers on file to be eligible for breed specific awards.
  • 4.    Specialty awards specific for only the horse will be an accumulative score of all points earned by that horse regardless of how won, including multiple riders and/or any division or multiple levels.
  • 5.    Each Specialty award may have specific parameters. It is the riders’ responsibility to know and abide by the specific rules for each award category they have entered.

The current Specialty Award Divisions are:

 

USAWEA Opportunity Breed Award: Given to the highest accumulative points of a pure bred horse from all the breeds which are not represented in any other breed award.

SPONSOR: United States Working Equitation Association www.usawea.com

 

Heinz 57 Award: Given to the highest accumulative points of a horse that does not have any verifiable registration papers whatsoever. This can be any type of equine. They cannot have any pure or part bred registration papers from any country.

SPONSOR: United States Working Equitation Association. www.usawea.com

 

Kiger Mesteno Breed Award: Given to the highest accumulative score of a purebred Kiger Mesteno horse.

SPONSOR: Kigers de los Californions Training Facility, Riverside, CA www.kigersdeloscalifornios.com

 

American Mustang Award: Given to the highest accumulative score of an American Mustang that has a BLM brand. Horse does not have to have competed in a Mustang Heritage Association Event.

SPONSOR: The Mustang Club

  

  Competition Scoring and Computing Points

  • 1.    Show Competition Management may give awards in each phase as if each were an individual show class.  However, it takes all 3 phases to make up a Working Equitation Competition to award a WE Show Champion. Championship events must include the Cattle Phase.
  • 2.    A competitor must enter and attempt all phases of a level offered to be eligible for that level Working Equitation Show Championship at any competition.
  • 3.    Competitors eliminated/disqualified in any of the tests will receive ‘0’ points in that phase, but will be able to participate in the subsequent phases and qualify for that level Working Equitation Show Championship at that show.
  • 4.    Competitors, who withdraw from any tests, even if they have received scores, will not qualify for the WE Show Championship at that show.
  • 5.    The Working Dressage phase and Ease of Handling phase are given judged marks using a scale of 0 – 10 for each movement or obstacle completed as well as marks for overall horsemanship as seen in Table 1.

TABLE 1

Working Dressage and EOH Scoring

  • o   Excellent                            10            

Very Good                          09

o   Good                                 08

o   Fairly Good                         07

o   Satisfactory                         06

o   Sufficient                            05

o   Insufficient                         04

o   Fairly Bad                            03

o   Bad                                   02

o   Very Bad                            01

o   Not performed                    00

  • 6.    To ensure that horsemanship remains a priority in all judging, horsemanship scores are added to the movement scores with coefficients applied for both how the test is ridden and how the horse is ridden.
  • 7.    The Speed phase and Cattle Handling phase use a time score with the addition of time penalties for faults. Mistakes and corresponding time penalties are listed in the individual phase rules.
  • 8.    The scoring system in Table 2 will be used to tabulate each competitor’s individual phase scores, each competitor’s overall individual event score, and the total team score if the team phase is offered.
  • 9.    The number of horses to be used for point calculation will be the horses that actually competed in said class; this excludes horses that were entered but then scratched before competing. Exhibitors who score a “0” (zero) are ineligible to receive points; however, this does not alter or remove them from the scale of entries for placing points.
  • 10.  All four phases are of equal merit and so carry the same weight or a coefficient of 1. The points are awarded after each phase based on the test score placement and number of competitors in each class using the Table 2 formula where ‘N’ is the number of entries competing in the class.
  • TABLE 2

 Award Placement Formula

1st place =  N + 1

2nd place = N - 1  

3rd place  =  N – 2

4th place  =  N – 3

5th place  =  N – 4

        6th place  =  N – 5  etc.

  • 11. TIES:
  • a)   In awarding the ranking for a champion at a Working Equitation event, the first scoring criteria would be the number of phases finished by the competitor and their total scores.
  • b)    In a overall tie, the final positions will be determined first by the collective marks in the Working Dressage phase followed by the collective marks in the Ease of Handling, if there is still a tie then the fastest time in the Speed phase will be placed higher. The competitor who has the highest percentage or lowest time will be placed ahead of his direct adversary in each phase.
  • c)    Working Dressage phase ties will be decided by the total of the collective marks of the Working Dressage test. In the event that the marks are equal, tied entries will remain tied and will each be awarded the points associated with the placing for which they are tied.
  • d)   Ease of Handling phase ties will be decided by placing the competitor who incurred a “0” lower than the rider without any “0” obstacle scores, if the tie remains  the overall impression scores for the EOH test will break the tie. If these marks are equal, the entries remain tied and each will be awarded the points associated with the placing for which they are tied.
  • e)   Speed Phase ties will be decided by the least number of time penalties. If these marks are equal, the entries remain tied and each will be awarded the points associated with the placing for which they are tied.
  • f)    Cattle Phase ties will be decided by the team or individual depending on the class who did not score any ‘0’s, followed by the least number of penalties accrued by the team or individual.
  • g)   In the event of a tie for champion at a given level, the collective marks in the Working Dressage phase will be used to break the tie. If there is still a tie, the collective marks for the Ease of Handling phase will be used to break the tie. If there is still a tie, the competitor with the fastest time on the Speed phase will be placed higher.
  • 12. To be considered for the competition’s Working Equitation Show Champion Award, the competitor must have competed or attempted to compete in all phases offered. Competitors eliminated in any of the phases will have zero points in that phase, but will be able to participate in the subsequent phases and qualify for show championships. The Working Equitation Champion is the competitor who received the highest number of combined points in all phases in their class, division and/or level.
  • 13. The total overall Working Equitation Competition score is obtained by adding the total points awarded for each phase. When multiple judges are used, a competitor’s final test score is an average of all the judges’ scores in each phase.
  • 14. A team’s total point score is computed by adding up the number of individual points awarded to the three best riders in each team as well as the team score in the Cattle Handling phase.
  • 15. The Point Tabulation Table (Table 3) will be used to assign the USAWEA year end high point scores to each member in good standing who entered, qualified and placed at recognized working equitation competitions. The class/phase awards presented at any individual show (usually to 5 - 10 places) will not influence the USAWEA point scoring which will assign points to qualifying competitors to 16th place for every recognized event as shown in the table below. (If show records are available, USAWEA is not liable for incorrect records).

TABLE 3

POINT TABULATION TABLE

Entries:

16+

15

14

13

12

11

10

9

8

7

6

5

4

3

2

1st

20

16

15

14

13

12

11

10

9

8

7

6

5

4

3

2nd

17

14

c

12

11

10

9

8

7

6

5

4

3

2

1

3rd

15

13

12

11

10

9

8

7

6

5

4

3

2

1

4th

13

12

11

10

9

8

7

6

5

4

3

2

1

5th

12

11

10

9

8

7

6

5

4

3

2

1

6th

11

10

9

8

7

6

5

4

3

2

1

7th

10

9

8

7

6

5

4

3

2

1

8th

9

8

7

6

5

4

3

2

1

9th

8

7

6

5

4

3

2

1

10th

7

6

5

4

3

2

1

11th

6

5

4

3

2

1

12th

5

4

3

2

1

13th

4

3

2

1

14th

3

2

1

15th

2

1

16th

1

  • 16. USAWEA High Point Scores:
  • a)   Points for all eligible recognized classes at a standard 1 Star USAWEA sponsored or sanctioned show will be awarded according to Table 3.
  • b)   Points for all eligible recognized classes at 2 Star (B rated) USAWEA sponsored, sanctioned or approved competitions (Regional, State, etc) will be awarded double points according to Table 3.
  • c)    Points for all eligible recognized classes at 3 Star (A Rated) USAWEA sponsored, sanctioned or approved National/International Working Equitation competition will be awarded triple points according to Table 3. 
  • 17. USAWEA Regions:
  • a)   The United States is currently divided in to the regions in Table 4 for regional high point score tabulation. The regions will continue to be adjusted for the betterment of the membership.
  • b)   Competitors and/or horses may show in more than one region. Points only count towards regional high points in the region they were won in. (Not including National Shows)
  • c)    All points regardless of region they were won in will count towards individual rider and/or horse year-end high-point totals and National point standings.
  •                                                                 TABLE 4
  • USAWEA REGIONAL COMPETITON ZONES

The Regional Zones

Zone 1: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut

Zone 2: New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey,

Zone 3: Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Delaware, Maryland

Zone 4: Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee

Zone 5: Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan,

Zone 6: Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota,

Zone 7: Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Louisiana, Arkansas,

Zone 8: Arizona, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico

Zone 9: Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming

Zone 10: California, Nevada

Zone 11: Hawaii

Zone 12: Alaska

Zone 13: Mexico

Zone 14: Canada

 

205.   Awards

  • 1.    USAWEA RECOGNIZED SHOWS: Individual Event Class Prizes will be awarded at the discretion of the individual event organizers and will be listed in their competition schedule premium, to include a Champion and Reserve Champion Award for each level offered.
  • 2.    State, Regional and National Highpoint Award programs are under development
  • 2.    Breed Specific and other yearend awards are under development with sponsor openings.

 

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