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SHOW Rulebook Reminder for Trainers' Family Members

SHOW has had several instances early in this show season wherein immediate family members of professional trainers are showing customer’s horses in amateur classes. As a reminder, this is a violation of the SHOW Rulebook. More specifically:

(3) Relative of a Professional

    (a.) Any member of a professional's family who has reached his/her 18th birthday is a professional if he/she aids or assists in the activities which make the aforesaid a professional. 
    (b.) 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.

Any reports of a violation of the rule to the SHOW office will be looked into. If the information is found to be valid a Letter of Warning (LOW) will be forwarded to that individual explaining if the violation of the rule continues amateur status will be pulled. If, after being sent a LOW, violation of the rule continues a suspension will be issued and the Walking Horse Trainers' Association will be notified and asked to forward an application for Professional Trainers License be sent.

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