RMHA Versatility Program

RMHA Versatile Horse and Rider Awards Program
RHMA Versatile Horse of the Year Award

The RMHA Versatility Program is designed to recognize the Rocky Mountain Horse for its many skills and attributes.  Horses will acquire points based on performances, demonstrations, trail rides, shows, etc. The points will follow the horse regardless of owner or handler. Certificates will be given at the year-end awards banquet for Bronze, Silver, and Gold levels of accomplishment dependent upon the number of points the horse has acquired.  While the RMHA Versatile Horse of the Year Award is for one year only a Calendar year consists of November 1st to October 31st.  Points for the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Levels accumulate continuously.  The program is divided into a Youth and Adult division and tallied accordingly.

Owners/Agents must submit appropriate forms and documentation (see links at bottom of this page) to the RMHA General Manager by December 1st each year in order for points to be tabulated before the banquet.  Late submissions cannot be considered for the current year.  The horse with the highest total of points for the year will be recognized as the RMHA Versatile Horse of the Year. 

For the RMHA Versatility Program, points accumulate continuously for the horse based on participation in various venues and events.  A demonstration or performance is made in a public venue with at least 25 people present.  Documentation is required in the form of photographs, show bills, ride organizer signed letter, etc.  In the event there is a question about documentation or an event not listed in the group of venues below, the Special Programs Committee will review the information submitted and make a decision.  Should there continue to be a question, the RMHA Board of Directors will make the final ruling.   No more than 5 scores will be accepted for each venue.  Each application must also have at least 5 different venues represented.   While some events are simply based on participation, others may be judged competitions.   In competition situations*, the following scale will be used:

PLACE IN COMPETITION

POINT VALUE ASSIGNED

1st10
2nd9
3rd8
4th7
5th6
6th5
7th4
8th3
9th2
10th1
GOLD Lifetime Achievement Level200 Points
SILVER Lifetime Achievement100 Points
BRONZE Lifetime Achievment50 Points

EVENT VENUES*

POINTS

Local trail ride5
Trail ride more than 100 miles from home10
Breed demonstration20
Drill team performance10
Judge's clinic demonstration10
4-H clinic demo horse10
Riding for the handicapped horse10
Other (with committee approval)10

COMPETITION VENUES*

4-H District Competition Horse
4-H State Level Competition Horse
Barrel Racing Competition
Conformation Show Competition
Cowboy Mounted Shooting
Cross Country Competition
CTP, Trail, Show Pleasure Class
Dressage Competition
Driving
Endurance Competitions (AERC)
Equitation
Extreme Cowboy Race
Four Gait Show Competition
One Competitive Trail Ride
Pole Bending
Show Jumping Competition
Showmanship
Team Penning
Trail Obstacle Competition
Western Patterns
Western Pleasure Show Competition
Western Reining
Other (with committee approval)

Versatile Horse Accumulating Form
Versatile Horse of the Year Accomplishment Form