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Did You Know?
An Owners’ Class is one in which every exhibitor is either an amateur who owns the entry being shown, or is an amateur member of the owner’s immediate family unless otherwise stated in the prize list.

Owners’ Classes which specify “18 and Over” shall be limited to exhibitors who are no longer eligible to show in youth exhibitor classes.

Combined ownership is permitted in Owners’ and Amateur-Owners’ Classes.

Combined ownership may be in corporate form. Any horse which is jointly owned, and one owner receives remuneration for training, is considered a customer’s horse. The horse is ineligible to be shown in owner/ amateur classes by the owner (who is receiving remuneration) or his/her immediate family.  Any time where there is a question as to the ownership of a horse, the owner in question, upon request, must provide sufficient proof of purchase to the satisfaction of SHOW within the time specified. This rule shall be strictly enforced.

Did You Know?
An “Amateur” is a person who, after his/her 18th birthday, does not engage in any activities which would cause him or her to be classified as a professional.

Any person who has not reached his/her 18th birthday is declared to be an amateur. For horse show purposes, a youth exhibitor is an individual who, on January 1st of the show year, has not yet reached his/her 18th birthday. If an exhibitor is 17 on January 1st and turns 18 on January 2nd the exhibitor is still eligible to show as a youth exhibitor all that year.

Standing a breeding stallion, buying/selling and boarding horses does not affect a person’s amateur status.
The following shall not affect amateur status: the writing of books or articles for horse show purposes,  the acceptance of remuneration for judging,  the reimbursement of exhibitor for expenses without profit,  the acceptance of a small token of appreciation, other than money, for exhibiting.

If there is a question of whether a person is a professional or an amateur, final determination shall be made by SHOW.

Anyone who requests a person to exhibit in an Amateur class and then pays or remunerates that person in excess of what is allowable as provided for above shall be subject to disciplinary action by SHOW

Did You Know?
Professional Status refers to any breed of horse, not just the Tennessee Walking Horse.

A professional is any adult or adults who have the responsibility for the care, training, custody or performance of a horse. Professionals are responsible for a horses' condition and to know the bylaws and rules of SHOW, and the penalty provisions of said rules and regulations.

A person is a professional and must obtain a trainers’ card (from the Walking Horse Trainers Association) for horse show purposes if, after his/her 18th birthday, he/she accepts remuneration for any of the following activities, whether or not it is the principle means of his/her income.

(i)Accepts remuneration for employment in connection with horses in a show.

(ii)Accepts remuneration for exercising, schooling, riding, or driving. A person can retain their amateur status if they give riding lessons but do not train horses.

(iii)Exhibits in a horse show any horse for which he/she or a member of his/her immediate family accepts remuneration for training for a person outside of the immediate family. Exception: One may exhibit a customer’s horse in an open  class.

(iv)Accepts remuneration for employment in any capacity, rides or shows at halter in horse show, any horses which his/her employer or such member of the immediate family of such employer owns, boards or trains.
A Halter Professional is a person who shows at a halter any horse for which he/she accepts  remuneration for training weanlings and yearlings for a person outside of his/her immediate family. A person who holds a trainer’s licenses, or is otherwise classified as a professional, shall also be deemed to be a halter professional.

Did You Know?
For horse show purposes the definition of “immediate family” shall include the following: husband, wife, parent, stepparent, child, stepchild, brother, sister, half brother, and half sister, stepbrother, and stepsister, in-laws of the same relations stated herein, grandparents, and grandchildren.

Did You Know?
For horse show purposes the term “owner” means the person shown as
the owner by the records of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ and Exhibitors’ Association (TWHBEA) and/or a person who has a bona fide lease as approved and on file with TWHBEA on said horse, or who has legal title.

Did You Know?
For horse show purposes the term “relative of a professional” means  Any member of a professional's family who has reached his/her 18th birthday if he/she aids or assists in the activities which makes the aforesaid a professional.

Any member of a trainer’s immediate family who has reached his/her 18th birthday shall be considered a professional if he/she shows a customer’s horse. This provision shall apply to exhibiting at any horse show. Exception: A trainer’s immediate family may show a customer’s or co-owned horse in an open class and not jeopardize their amateur status.

The doing of clerical work of itself or the giving of financial aid of itself is not to be
deemed “aiding or assisting”.

Did You Know?
No Judge selected to officiate at a show shall be contacted relative to this show by any person having an interest in any horse expected to be shown at such show. All contacts made in violation hereof shall be reported immediately to SHOW by said Judge.

It is the responsibility of a Judge to report any violation to SHOW.

The judge must report any phone call or contact, in any manner, from trainers, exhibitors, owners or others that in any way could be considered an attempt to influence the Judge in the furtherance of his/her judging duties to SHOW.

Did You Know?
Amateur Trained classes prohibit entries for horses that have received professional training within 90 days.  Professional training shall include grooming, warming up or riding the horse, bracing, coaching or giving instructions by a professional on the show grounds. Bracing is not allowed by a professional.

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