The Most Versatile Appaloosa Award

In nearly every discipline across the world you will find an Appaloosa excelling and setting records. From Olympic level dressage and show jumping to reining and endurance, the Appaloosa is the horse for all seasons. Their eager-to-please attitudes and gentle dispositions make them a pleasure to work with in any sphere and their versatility is second to none. They were bred by the Nez Perce Tribe to be versatile and this characteristic still rings true hundreds of years later. An Appaloosa is a safe child’s mount one day and a focused competitor the next. It is not rare to see an Appaloosa competing in a three day event one day and hacking across open countryside with a complete beginner on his back the next. Their forgiving, willing and kind natures make them the ideal versatile breed for both professional and novice riders. Those who ride Appaloosas will tell you there is little they can’t do and not much they won’t. They are bold but sensible and sound enough to last year after year. The ability to think for themselves and take care of their rider means they are not only a valued member of the family but an irreplaceable mount for the owner too.

Appaloosas are commonly seen successfully competing alongside other breeds in county level showing, affiliated show jumping and dressage, racing, endurance and eventing amongst others. In America the Appaloosa is popular as a stock and pleasure horse and is regularly used in the western riding disciplines such as cutting, trail, western pleasure, barrel racing and reining. Western disciplines are growing in popularity in the UK and the Appaloosa breed is particularly suitable to these disciplines. The UK Appaloosas demonstrate their ultimate versatility by participating in both Western and English disciplines on a regular basis.

The ApHC UK recognises the great achievements and versatility of the breed and has created awards for the Most Versatile Appaloosa in both English and Western disciplines for main registered Appaloosas. UK & USA Main Registered Appaloosas can enter either or both of these Awards.

Each year, Appaloosa riders get the chance to compete for The Most Versatile Appaloosa award at the Appaloosa Horse Club UK annual breed show. To qualify for the English Award, the same horse and rider combination must compete in:-

  • one open in-hand class (breed/type/most colourful)
  • one English ridden class
  • one dressage test or freestyle or concours d’elegance class and
  • one riding club class with four jumps.

Similarly, a Western horse must compete in:-

  • one open halter class (breed/type/most colourful)
  • one pleasure class
  • one trail class and
  • one horsemanship class

Points are awarded according to placing and number of entries in the class. This tests the true versatility of the horse in both the English and Western Most Versatile Awards and each year there are some great displays of skill, patience and flexibility.

There are also Most Versatile Awards for both P (Part-bred) and C (Characteristic) Registers which includes both English and Western disciplines. The same horse and rider combination must compete in:-

  • one open in-hand class (breed/type/most colourful)
  • two ridden classes (English or Western ridden or both)
  • one dressage test or freestyle or concours d’elegance class or one riding club class with four jumps.

Western horses are not required to jump.

There is no additional cost to entering the Most Versatile Awards (other than your class fees at the show).

Performance Award

ApHC UK members are invited to participate in the Performance Award Scheme whereby they keep a record of their achievements at shows of all kinds  including Dressage, Show jumping, Eventing, Western Riding, Ranch Riding, Trail, In-hand /Halter showing etc. Members are awarded points depending on where they are placed and the entry numbers in the class. These points are logged over the year and a Hi Points Trophy is awarded to the member with the most points. In addition, members can earn a ROM certificate (Records of Merit) that are awarded when the member achieves a certain number of points in any one discipline.

The ApHC UK holds a national show once a year and other shows around the country are affiliated to us so that members can get together and compete against other Appaloosas.  Performance points are doubled for results in these affiliated shows. It really is a colourful and unique experience to see so many varied and striking Appaloosas together in one place.  It is also a time to meet up with friends and a chance to catch up and socialise in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Fancy your chances of winning this wonderful bronze ApHC UK Trophy?

It is very easy to enter the annual Performance Award Scheme ‘The Amazing Blue Performance Awards’ are in honour of ApHC UK founder member Joyce Nutland.

The performance scheme is open to all current ApHC UK members and any ApHC UK registered Appaloosas (all registers A,B,P,C).  It is free to enter; you have nothing to lose and everything to gain and a beautiful bronze perpetual trophy to aim for.

Simply download a record sheet from the ‘Documents and Forms’ section of the website and keep a record of the show, class entered, number of competitors, where you were placed, and tick whether an in hand or ridden class.  One sheet for each horse and competitor combination, and no need to get signatures from show secretaries (but we may make random checks).  You can earn points from any show you attend at a local, regional or county show, affiliated or not.   Double points are awarded for ApHC UK, Regional and National Shows and any ApHC UK affiliated shows from around the country.  This means less hassle and admin for you and we have the opportunity to recognise your achievements!

You will be rewarded points for the placing achieved, depending on the entry numbers in the class concerned. The log will run each year from 1st January to 31st December.

Horses in Class 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th
1-4 in class 1 pt 0.5 pt 0.5 pt
5-10 in class 2 pts 1 pt 0.5 pt 0.5 pt
11-15 in class 3 pts 2 pts 1 pt 0.5 pt
16+ in class 4 pts 3 pts 2 pts 1 pt 0.5 pt 0.5 pt 0.5 pt

At the end of the Performance Year the member with the most points in that year will win the perpetual ApHC UK Performance Hi Points Award Trophy to keep for the year.  All winners are invited to engrave their horse and rider combination on the trophy with the year it was awarded to build a historical record.

In addition to the annual performance awards we also recognise accumulative points achieved over a period of time to the same horse and rider combination by awarding a Register of Merit Certificate.

Register of Merit (ROM) Certificates are issued when the same horse and rider combination has accumulated at least 10 points over a period of time (no time limits) in a specific category, for example Inhand/Halter showing, Most Colourful, Dressage (English or Western), Concours D’ Elegance, Show Jumping, English Ridden, Western Pleasure, Horsemanship, Ranch Riding, Trail and Agility.  There is something for everyone and all our registered Appaloosas on all registers can earn ROMs.  

There are separate performance points and ROMs for Online/Video entries in all the same categories as above.  Please make it clear on your entry form if a particular entry is an online/video show.

Champion status is awarded after gaining 50 points or more, with at least 25 points in the inhand/halter section.

Supreme Champion status is awarded after 100 points, with at least 40 points in the inhand/halter section.

Most Versatile Certificate, Champion status is awarded when an Appaloosa has earned five ROM’s, only one of which will be a halter/inhand ROM.

Saddle Log Scheme

We have such beautiful horses to ride so why not log those hours in the saddle by entering the Saddle Log Programme. It is designed for those ApHC UK Members that do not compete at shows but are able to compete for an award by just simply enjoying the countryside whilst aboard their beloved Appaloosa.  The scheme is free to enter.

This scheme is open to ApHC UK members on ApHC UK registered horses, and runs between the 1 January to 31 December each year.  It must be the same horse and rider combination per entry, you just need to remember to keep a genuine record of the date, approximate area you rode in and how many hours in the saddle on the saddle log entry form which can be found in the Documents and Forms section of the website .  Schooling sessions, competitions, clinics or similar type activities do not count towards the saddle log scheme.

Awards will be given for the number of hours accumulated in the saddle!

  • Bronze award 50 – 100 hours
  • Silver award 101 – 250 hours
  • Gold award 251 – 500 hours
  • Platinum award 501 – 2000 hours

Saddle Log record sheets can be downloaded for you to enter your time spent in the saddle. Complete as many forms as you need and at the end of the Saddle Log year (1st January – 31st December) send them off to Lisa Randle for processing and the results will be announced at the AGM in April together with presentation of awards.

If you require further information about these programmes, please contact Lisa Randle (ApHC UK Saddle Log / Performance Co-ordinator) on 07972 609371.

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