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WHOA Register of Merit Point Books Due

Deadline December 5, 2013

If you and your horse have completed your show season it is time to turn in your WHOA point books. Please mail them to Sis Osborne, 3079 Pulaski Hwy, Cornersville, TN 37047, or contact her for any questions by email: SISOSBORNE@TDS.NET, Point books are due and must be submitted by December 5 for yearly awards.
What is ROM?
If you are not familiar with the WHOA ROM program but enjoy the precision of the trail class, the excitement of barrel racing, the challenge of jumping, or the demands of endurance riding the Register of Merit (ROM) program was established in 1989 to provide Plantation Pleasure horses and their exhibitors a showcase for their versatility.
To be eligible for awards, the owner of the horse must be a WHOA member, the horse must be a registered Tennessee Walking Horse at least 2 years old, and the horse must be nominated by September 1 of each calendar year. Points count only from the time the owner became a WHOA member. Point books are issued each year and must be submitted by December 5 for yearly awards.
Points are earned by placing at any organized horse show, competitive or endurance ride, or other event. Divisions include model, plantation, lite shod, western, trail pleasure, driving, trail, game classes, contest classes, TWH over fences, reining, western riding, showmanship, equitation, dressage, stock horse events, competitive and endurance riding and promotion. Horses and riders do not have to compete in every division to win awards.

Awards include Certificate of Achievement, Certificate of Merit, Register of Merit and Diamond Certificates. The Register of Merit is the program's highest honor. The Register of Merit champion is a prime example of a versatile Plantation Tennessee Walking Horse with excellent gaits.
For more information, or to nominate your horse for the Register of Merit Program, contact Sis Osborne, 3079 Pulaski Hwy, Cornersville, TN 37047, or email: SISOSBORNE@TDS.NET
National High Point Program
Each year WHOA also recognizes Walking Horses and their owners through the National High Point Awards. Points are accumulated at shows across the country that are affiliated with any Horse Industry Organization (HIO). Horses are awarded points in their division based on their placing at each show. Horses that win a National High Point Award are not necessarily World Champions in their division, but horses that have competed at numerous shows and consistently placed well. Points are accumulated during the calendar year and awards are presented each February at the WHOA National Convention
As a WHOA member you may earn points for the National High Point Program, or the WHOA Versatility High Point Program. If you are 17 years old or younger, your points earned qualify you for the WHOA Quest Youth & Amateur High Point Program.
All WHOA High Point Programs are open to any HIO so that any show you that you enter classes the points add up. Results of shows must be sent to the Walking Horse Report within 30 days. An awards Banquet is held in February for the top WHOA member winners.

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