Class Information & Procedures


I. Horse Eligibility

  1. To be eligible for either AHPA Hunter Pleasure Futurity, any horse with the following may be nominated. Horses nominated for these classes MUST be registered with the Arabian Horse Association or the Canadian Arabian Horse Registry.

  2. Current AHA and USEF/EC Membership is required for participation in all AHA & AHPA programs.

  3. Horse nominations are to be done in the horse’s three-year-old year (i.e. horses that will show in 2018 must be nominated in 2017). Horses may be nominated prior to their three-year-old year.

  4. The AHPA has two deadlines for nominations. The nomination fee schedule is as follows. No late nominations beyond these dates will be accepted.

    1. July 15th – Founder Nomination Rate of $250/Open Nomination Rate of $1,000

    2. October 15th – Founder Nomination Rate of $2,000/Open Nomination Rate of $3,000

  5. All AHPA Entry Nomination payments are final and non-refundable. Any portion of a nomination payment not postmarked/electronic transaction dated by the deadlines will cause that entry to be considered a late entry. There will be no refunds on any payment.

  6. Substitution of horses is prohibited. Exception: In case of death of a nominated horse, the owner may nominate a horse for a future AHPA futurity. They may not nominate a horse for the same year as the deceased horse. A transfer fee will apply.

  7. The AHPA reserves the right to accept or reject any nomination. If rejected, your nomination fee will be refunded in full.

  8. If a horse is sold after being nominated, the AHPA Entry Nomination is sold with that horse.

  9. A horse is not considered AHPA Nominated until the nomination fee is paid in full.

  10. No horse will compete in an AHPA Futurity unless the nomination fee has been paid in full.

  11. To be shown in the AHPA Hunter Pleasure Futurity, the owner must also pay the AHPA Class Entry fee, as well as all additional AHA US Nationals entry and office fees by the closing date of US Nationals.

II. Futurity Class Information

  1. The first AHPA Arabian & Half-Arabian/Anglo-Arabian Hunter Pleasure Futurity classes will be held at the 2018 Arabian Horse Association US National Championships in Tulsa, OK. After that year, the classes will remain with the AHA US National Championships.

  2. The Futurity classes are open to four-year-old Arabian & Half-Arabian/Anglo-Arabian horses who are nominated in their three-year-old year. (i.e., for the 2018 Futurities, the horse must have been nominated in 2017.)

  3. The AHPA Futurities will use a five (5) judge system. Five (5) judges will be randomly selected from the AHA US Nationals Judging Panel.

  4. If needed, the AHPA Futurity section cuts will be run as standard Hunter Pleasure Jr. Horse classes. Judging criteria will be in this order: quality, performance, suitability as a hunter, manners, and conformation. Eight (8) horses will be selected from each section to move forward to compete in the AHPA Hunter Pleasure Futurity Finals.



III. AHPA Hunter Pleasure Futurity Finals Class Procedures

  1. Phase 1. Rail Work (80% of judging)

    1. Horses will be shown at a walk, trot, canter and hand gallop both directions of the ring. They will be asked to halt, stand quietly and back readily on the rail.   

    2. Judging criteria will be in this order: quality, performance, suitability as a hunter, manners, and conformation.

  2. Phase 2. Conformation & Suitability (20% of judging)

    1. After completion of phase 1, horses will be lined up on one side of the arena.

    2. Two headers/attendants will be allowed into the arena per horse to assist in removing the saddle. They will be allowed to bring one brush and one rag/cloth to prepare the horse.

    3. After unsaddling the horse, one header/attendant will leave the arena with the saddle and its accessories. Only one header/attendant may stay for the remainder.

    4. A header/attendant shall bring a lead into the arena for this portion of the class. A split or single lead made of leather or a similar material may be used.  Attached through both sides of the bit, with the reins or to the noseband. The reins are to be left resting on the horse’s neck.

    5. Headers/Attendants must be properly attired. Business attire or appropriate show attire is required.

    6. The handler may be either the rider or a header/attendant for the conformation portion of the class.

    7. The handler must wear the correct exhibitor number.

    8. Judges will place emphasis on correct conformation, soundness, and correct movement.

    9. Each horse will be presented individually to the judges. Horses will be presented in a relaxed and dignified manner. Horses should be positioned with their weight squarely on their feet, not stretched.

    10. The legal hunter crop may be used during this portion of the class.

    11. Each horse will trot straight away from the judges and return to line.

    12. After the individual judging, the horses will remain in line until the judges have completed their cards. Handlers are not to stand up their horses again. Judges are not to walk the line to complete judging. No headers or other individuals will be allowed in or out of the ring at that time except in cases of emergency. 

      1. A horse may be disqualified, penalized and/or excused for the following:

        1. exhibits disruptive behavior such that it or other horses are unable to be inspected by the judge;

        2. crouching, cowering, buckling at the knees, sweating, trembling, racing backwards or sideways to escape their handlers or other behavior indicating fear, stress or intimidation. This rule will be strictly enforced.

        3. exhibits any welt or swelling that look like a whip mark, regardless of how this was caused;

        4. is obviously limping or of impaired gait;

        5. (AR105.6) for inhumane treatment and undue stress.

        6. exhibits behavior such that the safety of it, the handler, an exhibitor, a judge, or another horse is in danger;

        7. is not under the control of the exhibitor;

        8. breaks loose from the exhibitor;

        9. shanking is not permitted.

  3. Phase 3. Placing and Award Giving

    1. After completion of judging, the horses will be retired to the paddock and tacked up once again. The Top Ten will be announced in the paddock, they will be given their ribbons, and all ten horses will be ridden back into the ring in numerical order.

    2. The Reserve Champion and Champion will then be placed and given their awards.

    3. The horses will leave the arena in reverse order of their placings (tenth place first and Champion last). As they exit, the total of their prize money will be announced.