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Frequently Asked Questions
AQHA Split/Combined Show operates under AQHA show guidelines and rules
Q: What AQHA Affiliates are included in Region 3?
A: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Iowa and Manitoba
Q: What is the difference between a Class Entry Fee and a Division Fee?
A: If you just wish to enter one or two classes, it's more economical to pay the Class Entry Fee for each class. The Division Fees are offered to those exhibitors who show in multiple classes, saving them money. The Division Fees are offered PER DIVISION, ie Open, Amateur (including Amateur Select), Novice Amateur, Youth, Novice Youth and Small Fry. Since Novice Divisions do not include halter, we will include an Amateur Halter Class within the Novice Amateur Division and a Youth Halter Class within the Novice Youth Division. The Rookie Classes and Walk Trot Classes are not included in the Division Fee.
Q: Why don't all the classes receive the same awards?
A: AQHA sponsors the AQHA-approved classes at each Regional Championship, that receive the Regional Championships Awards that are provided by AQHA Corporate Partners sponsoring the Regional Championships. The Region 3 Championships also offers classes outside the AQHA class list. For these classes, we depend on entry fees and class sponsors to pay for the awards for the additional classes we offer, such as the Small Fry Division and the Rookie AQHA Exhibitor classes. The Leadline class is a free entry class.
Q: What is the Bring A Friend program?
A: The Region 3 Championships encourage Exhibitors to share the love and bring friends to the show for the first time. Exhibitors bringing a Friend and the Friend are encouraged to enter the drawing for Bring A Friend Prizes.
Q: My horse got hurt after I made my entries, and it's after the July 1 deadline. Are there any refunds allowed?
A: The Region 3 Championships tries to be accommodating to exhibitor needs. If your horse gets sick/injured after the July 1 deadline, you may submit a veterinarian's certificate to the Region 3 Committee, declaring the horse unable to compete to receive a refund of your fees paid. If you wish to substitute another horse for the same entries we will allow that after the July 1 deadline. The 5% convenience fee applied to credit card payments is nonrefundable. Refunds are made by check after the show closes.
Q: What are the eligibility requirements for the Green Classes (trail, western riding, western pleasure, hunter under saddle, working hunter?
A: Horses eligible to compete in the Green classes: (1) Horses in their first year of showing in that AQHA-approved class; (2) Horses that have been shown in that AQHA-approved class in previous years (in any division) but have not earned more than 10 AQHA points or won more than $1,000 in these classes as of January 1 of the current show year. Points from all divisions will count and are cumulative in determining eligibility. Novice points will not count. For complete rules on AQHA Green eligibility see the AQHA 2011 Official Handbook of Rules and Regulations.
Q: What is Performance Halter and is my horse eligible to be shown in that class?
A: Horses who have earned a Performance Register of Merit (ROM) may be shown in the Performance Halter Classes. Eligible horses have (a) earned a Racing Register of Merit, (b) earned a Performance Register of Merit prior to January 1, 2010, or (c) have earned a Performance Register of Merit after January 1, 2010 so long as their record reflects that they have earned at least 5 or more AQHA performance points during the career in competitions other than Showmanship at Halter. Earned points must be officially recorded in AQHA records to be considered. Proof that the horse meets the eligibility requirements must be provided to Show Management at time of entry. The ROM applies to the horse. A horse may not be shown in Performance Halter and in an age division halter class at the same show in the same division (ie horse cannot show in Amateur Performance Halter Mares and Amateur Aged Mares Halter to the same judge).
Q: Do I have to enter both the Region 3 Championships and the AQHA Show you are offering now?
A: No, you can certainly just enter your classes in the Region 3 Championships. You may also come to the show and enter only classes in the AQHA Two Judge Show to compete for AQHA points. You are welcome to enter both. Entries for the AQHA show are taken at the show, but you still must reserve your stall to guarantee prior to the show.