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Officials Call on Horse Industry Orgs to Review Amateur Rules

Western performance horse industry members were among those who recently signed a statement calling on organizations to review their amateur rules to give riders more opportunities.

The statement was issued in conjunction with a discussion at this month’s American Horse Council (AHC) Show & Competition Committee meeting on proposed amateur rules changes.

The panel included remarks from US Equestrian Federation, American Paint Horse Association (APHA), American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) and Certified Horsemanship Association, the American Horse Council Board of Trustees and Show & Competition Committee have released the following statement:

Due to the decline of youth and young adult involvement with horses over several decades, and for the urgent need to engage youth and young adults in equestrian sports, the Show & Competition Committee calls on all equestrian competition organizations to review their amateur rules, giving greater berth of opportunities for properly certified or supervised amateur exhibitors to provide fee-for-services introductory riding lessons without the threat of losing amateur status.

“The horse community is missing that critical on-ramp for young riders. That same community can solve this problem if it works together, developing strategies that welcome young riders on a worldwide scale,” said AHC Show & Competition Committee Chair Dr. Billy Smith.

Smith also is the executive director of the APHA.

The AHC Board of Trustees includes:

  • Dr Rick Mitchell, DVM – Chair
  • Marilyn Bertera – Vice Chair
  • Dr Glenn Blodgett, DVM – Secretary
  • Matt Iuliano – Treasurer
  • Jim Gagliano – Past Chair
  • David Foley
  • Austin Halverson
  • Christy Landwehr
  • Don Marean
  • Tom O’Mara
  • Tom Rooney
  • Justine Staten
  • Russell Williams
  • Joe Wilson

Show & Competition Committee members are:

  • Dr Billy Smith (APHA), Chair
  • Darrell Bilke (PtHA)
  • Gary Carpenter (NRHA)
  • Stephan Hienzsch (USDF)
  • Bill Moroney (USEF)
  • Stan Morey (AHA)
  • Justin Billings (AQHA)
  • Rob Burke (USEA)
  • Scott Dorenkemp (PRCA)
  • Harold Palmer (TJC)
  • Glenn Petty (USHJA)
  • Kim Jarvis (Jarvis Insurance)
  • Bud Wills (CSHC)