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UPHA Chapter 16 Academy Rules
THSA Academy High Point Award Program 2017 Registration Form

The Academy High Point Award Program is designed to encourage the beginning rider to attend participating competitions and reward them at each year's end for a successful season. Riders earn points by placing 1st-5th in classes for academy riders at participating horse shows. Points are counted in showmanship and equitation classes at participating shows that do not have academy rider-only classes; i.e. stable schooling shows, however, this program is open only to academy riders who have never competed in full show attire, and must be competing on a stable school horse.

In order for riders to be eligible for the program, they must complete a registration form annually and pay a nominal fee. Additionally, shows that wish their academy division to be included in the Academy High Point Award Program must pay a participation fee annually.

Awards are given for a high point and reserve high point award for each division, and another presented to the overall and reserve overall high point riders. Award winner's names are published on the THSA website.

Since its inception in 2001, the Academy High Point Award Program has experienced tremendous growth, with participants from stables all across the State of Florida participating in numerous horse shows annually. The strength of this program reflects the outstanding efforts of the riding instructors involved, as well as demonstrating the phenomenal growth of the American Saddlebred and Morgan breeds in Florida.


These rules have been established by the trainers, instructors and show committees of UPHA Chapter 16.


The Academy Division is open only to riders who have never competed in a regular horse show in full show attire for their respective division. Riders must be competing on an Academy horse.

The Academy Horse is defined as a horse of any breed that is regularly used in a professionally operated lesson program. An Academy horse may be privately owned, however, in addition to being used in the lesson program, someone other than the horses' owner must also show it in competition. The Academy horse must display safe manners and characteristics desired of a lesson horse. A plain shod horse is required; one pad and/or therapeutic wedge is allowed. Desired is a clean, well turned out horse; hoof blacking is optional, and braiding is only allowed in the hunt seat classes. Horses are not to be judged; way of going is not to be considered.

Tack: Horses are to be tacked according to the division the rider is competing in. Instructors are encouraged to bridle their horses in a safe manner; tie downs, standing martingales or blinkers are not allowed.

Attire: For the Saddle Seat rider: jodhpurs, jodhpur boots or paddock boots, long sleeve, button-down or collared shirt, tie and gloves are required. Vests are optional, no derbies allowed.

Attire: For the Hunt seat rider: breeches, and an appropriate hunt seat shirt, hunt boots or paddock boots and gloves are required. "Polo" shirts are not allowed.

Attire: For the Western rider: appropriate western shirt, pants, tie, boots and gloves are required. Chaps or western hats are not allowed.

Class Rules: Headers are allowed in if needed for safety, no whips or towels allowed in with them. Classes will be split at the 13th rider; splits will be shuffled to keep equitation and showmanship back to back for each age group. Class holds will be 2 minutes in length. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Equitation classes are judged on the riders basic equitation skills with correct diagonals and leads to be counted; proper use of the show ring is to be considered.

Showmanship classes are judged on the rider's horsemanship abilities. They are judged on a rider's ability to control and show their horse, including speed, collectiveness and placement in the ring. In canter classes, promptness in finding the correct lead is important as well as the rider's command of the horse.

Novice classes are for riders who have not received 3 blue ribbons in the academy division.

For riders under 18, safety helmets are mandatory. For riders over 18, safety helmets are optional but strongly encouraged.

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