RMHA KHBIF Program Information

The Kentucky Horse Breeders Incentive Fund (KHBIF) is financed by sales tax, paid to the State of Kentucky on stud fees of stallions standing in Kentucky. The money is held by the State of Kentucky and is paid out directly to the owners of Kentucky Born and Bred horses participating in state approved programs. A portion of the fund is allotted to approved each non-racing breed. The Rocky Mountain Horse is a state approved breed. The Kentucky Race Horse Authority (KRHA) manages all aspects of this program for the State of Kentucky.

Programs for each approved breed are set up by a representative affiliate for that non-racing state approved breed. The representative affiliate for the Rocky Mountain Horse breed is the Rocky Mountain Horse Kentucky Breeders Association, Inc (RMHKBA)All aspects of the RMHA KHBIF program are administered by the board of the RMHKBA. Any questions about the program should be directed to the address on the application forms for this program. Information from the RMHKBA is provided on this RMHA website for the convenience of all RMHA members and as a service to the RMHKBA.

Kentucky Born and Bred Rocky Mountain Horses must be nominated for participation each year by established deadlines and must abide by all rules of the program, as set up by the RMHKBA. Sires and Dams of participating KHBIF qualifying horses must be nominated for participation each year by the established deadline and must abide by all rules of the program, as set up by the RMHKBA.

The RMHKBA provides information regarding each nominated horse’s participation to the KRHA at the end of each competition year. The KRHA then calculates the amount of each horse’s award (for participation or as the Sire or Dam of a participating horse) based on the total amount allotted to the Rocky Mountain Horse breed from the tax paid on stud fees for the previous year. The KRHA then issues vouchers to the RMHKBA for the amounts allotted to each horse. The RMHKBA forwards the voucher(s) to the owner of each nominated horse. The owners must sign the voucher acknowledging that their horse is Kentucky Born and Bred and eligible to receive funds from the state of Kentucky under the laws governing this program. When the State of Kentucky receives the completed vouchers from the owners, a check is written from the State of Kentucky for the full amount allotted to that horse in that year. Vouchers must be completed and returned by the designated deadlines.

The definition of a Kentucky Born and Bred horse is established by the Kentucky Race Horse Authority for the purposes of this program. To be considered Ky Born and Bred, a horse must have been born in the Commonwealth of Kentucky from a mare who had been bred to a stallion while the stallion was standing for breeding in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. All Kentucky Born and Bred horses are eligible to compete for RMHA KHBIF rewards regardless of where they or their owners reside at the time of competition. 

Forms to Nominate competing horses (and participating or sires and dams) for 2019 are on the Forms and Applications page.

Outline of the KHBIF Program Participation

Kentucky Horse Breeders Incentive Fund (KHBIF) Information as provided by the RMHKBA

The money awarded for each year is divided based on participation in Sanctoned Show Programs and the Competitive Trail Program (see below).  This is determined by the point placement in each division at the end of the year.

Requirements for participation in either program (Show or Competitive Trail):

    • Current RMHA membership (in the year the horse was nominated)
    • Current Riders Card (in the year the horse is nominated)
    • Current RMHA membership for owner (in the year the horse is nominated)
    • Completion of Horse Nomination Form and payment of fee (see the form)
    • Only RMHA members (current in the year the horse is nominated) will be awarded money, either as an owner of the horse or owner of the sire or dam.
    • Rocky Mountain Horses must be three years old; registered and certified before competing.
    • Only Kentucky Born and Bred horses qualify for Incentive Fund awards.
    • RMHA competition year is January 1st thru October 31st of the same year.
    • Only shows that qualify (RMHA “A” shows and Qualifying “B” shows) are eligible to receive funds from KHBIF Incentive Fund.  Please see the list of qualified KHBIF classes in the RMHA Show Rule Book.
    • In order for a “B” Show to qualify for KHBIF funds and points participation, it must contain a minimum of SIX (6) eligible classes, from the list below.
    • Nominated horses (nominated by deadline of July 31st) must participate in at least THREE (3) eligible shows in the current year, to qualify for incentive funds.   At least one show must be an “A” show.
    • Sire and dam must be nominated to share in the incentives of their offspring.  The sire and dam nomination deadline is October 31 of the participating year.

Incentive Fund is distributed to nominated horses, participating or Sire and Dam, only if nominated by the deadlines.

The RMHA does not manage, write or have feedback into the affiliated programs for the Competitive Trail portion of the KHBIF program.  These programs are simply a vehicle to reward RMHA members for their achievements in competitive trail obstacle competitions.