RHAM VERSATILITY RULES AND REGULATIONS

The Ranch Horse Association of Michigan offers a Versatility and Youth 13 & Under High Point Program. The program is intended to reward the horse and exhibitor combination, in all divisions of “Ranch” classes offered at a RHAM Show, that earns the most points in a combination of Conformation, Non Cattle and Cattle Performance classes. 

NEW FOR 2017:

Ranch Horse Association of Michigan (RHAM) Versatility Conformation (No ARHA points)
This class is exclusively used for the conformation portion of the RHAM versatility awards and does not apply to any ARHA class or points.

Versatility Conformation Class Categories are offered by Division: Open, Amateur, and Youth with all genders and horse ages combined. Amateur class includes both Amateur and Novice Amateur** Versatility. Youth class includes Youth, Novice Youth**, and 13-and under High Point Versatility. 
** IMPORTANT:  Exhibitor must have a current ARHA card for the division they select - for example, a Novice Amateur exhibitor must have a current ARHA Amateur card to show in the Amateur division; if they hold only a Novice Amateur card, they are required to show in the Open division conformation class.  Same applies for a Novice Youth exhibitor if they do not hold both a Novice Youth and Youth card with ARHA.

A)    The horse will be judged using the same criteria and equipment as used for ARHA Ranch Horse Conformation.
B)    Genders will be combined in each class. The exhibitor/horse combination must be entered into the appropriate division for RHAM versatility.
C)    Judging procedure is the same as described for ARHA Ranch Horse Conformation.
D)    Point will be awarded by placement in the division class by judge per ARHA rules, regardless of the horse’s gender or age.
E)    There will not be a Grand or Reserve Champion in Versatility Confirmation.

Ranch Horse Association of Michigan (RHAM) Versatility Conformation Proxy Exhibitor
For versatility purposes, a proxy exhibitor may be used if the exhibitor has more than one horse entered for versatility competition.

A)    The proxy exhibitor must meet the criteria for the division of versatility the exhibitor/horse has been entered per division eligibility on the current year ARHA membership card or by age.

a.     i.e. an Open exhibitor cannot be a proxy for an Amateur or Youth exhibitor, or an Amateur cannot be a proxy for a Novice Amateur.  An older youth cannot be a proxy for a 13 and under High Point exhibitor.
b.     The proxy must be a RHAM member.

RHAM’s Versatility Program is a one horse/one exhibitor combination and must consist of the following classes for Open, Amateur, Novice Amateur, Select & Youth 14-18: 

  • One (1) Conformation Class in the exhibitors appropriate division - must hold the appropriate current ARHA card for the versatility conformation division
    • Novice Amateurs holding only Novice Amateur card and not holding an Amateur card, must show in Open versatility conformation division.
    • If you hold dual cards, Novice Amateur and Amateur, you may choose from either Open or Amateur conformation classes.
  • Two (2) Non Cattle “Ranch” Performance Classes
  • Two (2) “Ranch” Cattle Classes
  • Classes selected, with the exception of conformation, must be a “Ranch” class.  “Ranch” classes are denoted by the word “Ranch” in the class title.
  • Refer to Versatility entry forms for class selection requirements for each division.
  • Select versatility program –
    • Select riders may select from Open, Amateur or Novice Amateur classes.
    • Select Versatility points are accumulated in one (1) division only.
    • Only one (1) Select Versatility winner per show and per year end, regardless of division chosen.
    • Exhibitor must be 50 years old or older as January 1 of current year to compete in Select division. 
  • The horse and exhibitor combination with the most points earned in the divisions offered will be acknowledged at Annual Year End Awards Banquet as the Versatility Champion and Reserve Versatility Champion.  (refer to year-end qualifications below)

RHAM’s Youth 13 & Under High Point Program is a one horse/one exhibitor combination and must consist of the following classes: 

  • One (1) Youth Conformation Class in the horse’s appropriate age & gender division
  • Four (4) Youth Performance 'Ranch' classes (non cattle or cattle)
  • The horse and exhibitor combination with the most points earned in the divisions offered will be acknowledged at Annual Year End Awards Banquet as the Youth 13 & Under High Point Champion and Youth 13 & Under Reserve High Point Reserve Champion.  (refer to year-end qualifications below)
  • Refer to Versatility entry forms for class selection requirements for each division.

Points are tallied based on the points earned in the rider’s chosen classes using ARHA’s point system shown below.

Year End Versatility Awards & Qualifications:

  • To qualify for year-end versatility awards, exhibitors must enter/show in Versatility in 3 of the 4 RHAM shows held in Michigan.
  • The horse and exhibitor combination with the most points earned in the divisions offered will be acknowledged at Annual Year End Awards Banquet as the Versatility Champion and Reserve Versatility Champion and Youth 13 & Under High Point Champion and Youth 13 & Under Reserve High Point Champion.  

IMPORTANT VERSATILITY PROGRAM RULES:

  • Exhibitor MUST BE a current RHAM Member in good standing to be eligible.
  • Versatility entry forms must be turned into the show office prior to the start of show.
  • Versatility forms can be submitted with pre–entry forms.
  • No changes to forms can be made once the show has started.
  • Scratching classes that are designated on your versatility form will void your entry in the Versatility program for that show and year-end awards qualification.
  • Versatility fees are non-refundable in event of scratch/drop.
  • You must have 4 performance classes denoted and 1 conformation class to be eligible.
  • In event of a tie, winners will be awarded duplicate awards.