Special Amateur Awards:
In an effort to encourage involvement with small equine, the Amateur Committee of the ASPC/AMHR/ASPR conducts a number of special awards and programs for Amateur members. Full information on each is available on this website as well as by calling the national home office. As changes and modifications are made to the program, the Amateur information on the website will include the most up-to-date information on all Amateur Programs and Activities.

Important Note: Amateurs MUST BE an amateur member of the ASPC/AMHR/ASPR to participate in Amateur Programs or to be eligible for amateur awards.

Amateur Incentive Program

Amateur Incentive - Gelding:
The ASPC, Inc., conducts a Gelding Incentive Program offering cash prizes for entries in special Amateur Gelding Incentive classes at specified shows.

The incentives are specific classes and are separate from other ASPC, Inc., approved classes. No All-Star Points are awarded in the incentive classes. The following incentives will be offered:
Classic Amateur Gelding Incentive
Foundation Shetland Amateur Gelding Incentive
Modern Amateur Gelding Incentive
Modern Pleasure Gelding Incentive
Show Pony Gelding Incentive
AMHR Amateur Gelding Incentive-Under Division
AMHR Amateur Gelding Incentive-Over Division

Amateur Incentive-Mare Jackpot:
The ASPC Inc., conducts a Mare Jackpot Incentive Program offering cash prizes for entries in special Mare Jackpot Incentive classes at ASPC/ASPR Congress and AMHR National Show.

The Mare Jackpot Incentives are specific classes and are separate from other ASPC/AMHR/ASPR approved classes. No All-Star points are awarded in the Mare Jackpot Incentive Classes. The following incentives will be offered:
Classic Mare
Foundation Mare
Modern Mare
Modern Pleasure Mare
AMHR Mare-Under Division
AMHR Mare - Over Division

Rules  - Incentive Program

  1. The owner of record of the animal competing must be the amateur person who actually exhibits the horse or pony in the Incentive class.
  2. All leases on horses used in Amateur Incentive classes must be recorded, processed and completed through the Registry prior to December 31st of the current show year. Any lease done after January 1st, the amateur cannot participate in any amateur incentive classes.
  3. An amateur-owner/animal team may compete at more than one Area Show. They may also compete more than once at the ASPC/ASPR Congress or AMHR National Show.
  4. In the event a first prize winning animal is sold to another amateur, the new owner may compete as though the pony/horse had not previously competed.
  5. In the event that an animal/handler team is disqualified from any place for any reason, animal/exhibitor teams placing after the disqualified entry will be moved up on placing.


Monetary awards will be determined based on funding from the ASPC/AMHR/ASPR. All Area Shows will be funded identically with money being identical in each incentive class. Mondtary awards at the ASPC/ASPR Congress and AMHR National Show shall be more than the amount awarded at the Area Show.

Amateur Program Awards

Upon completion of a local show, the show secretary will return the paperwork within 10 days of closed show to the Amateur Committee and the winner from said show will be notified by Amateur Committee and all award information will be mailed to winner.

There shall be a Shetland and Miniature Amateur High Point Award from each local show.

Amateur End of Year Awards:
Miniature Halter - Under
Miniature Performance - Under
Miniature Halter - Over
Miniature Performance - Over
Classic Halter (includes Foundation)
Classic Performance (includes Foundation)
Modern Halter (includes Modern Pleasure)
Modern Performance (includes Modern Pleasure)
Show Pony Halter
Show Pony Performance
Supreme Amateur Miniature (Halter, Driving, Performance)
Supreme Amateur Shetland (Halter, Driving, Performance)
Amateur Companion Program
Amateur Excellence Program

ASPC/ASPR Congress & AMHR National Show Awards:

ASPC/ASPR Congress Amateur Awards
Modern Pleasure
Show Pony
All Around Pony

AMHR National Show Amateur Awards
Miniature Halter- Under
Miniature Performance - Under
All Around Mini - Under
Miniature Halter - Over
Miniature Performance - Over
All Around Mini - Over

Amateur Award of Excellence

This award was founded to provide a permanent show record for Amateur Exhibitors.  An exhibitor must acquire 70 points in any one class to achieve the Award of Excellence in that class.  Award of Excellence points are given for all individual amateur classes.  Triple Award of Excellence points will be awarded at National Area Shows, AMHR Nationals, and ASPC/ASPR Congress.  These awards will stay with the Amateur/Animal combination.  If the animal is sold to another amateur, points for that person start over with that person/animal combination.

Amateur Award of Excellence Rules

1.  Amateur Division-Exhibitors in this division must be 18 years of age or older, a current senior member of ASPC/AMHR/ASPR, and Amateur cards will be required.

2.  Ownership Requirements - In order to be eligible for this Amateur Award of Excellence, the horse/pony must be owned by the Amateur and/or the Amateur's family.

3.  For show purposes the term "Family" includes husband, wife, parent, step-parent, guardian, child, step-child, brother, half-brother, sister, half-sister, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, cousin, grandmother, grandfather, grandchildren, step-grandchildren, and in-laws of the same relation as stated, and solely family owned corporation, ranch, or farm.  Such ownership must be evidenced by the records fo ASPC/AMHR/ASPR and the animal's registration certificate at the time the horse/pony is entered in any Amateur class.

4.  Leased Horses/Ponies - Leased horses/ponies are eligible provided a lease notification form has been filed at the Registry Office, and said lessee (or family member) is shown on the registration papers.

5.  Competitive Unit - A competitive unit shall consist of one amateur and one ASPC/AMHR/ASPR registered animal.

6.  Animals may cross enter between youth, amateur, and open classes at the same show.  However, Award of Excellence points will follow each separate handler/animal combination in their eligible classes. 

7.  Points - To be earned by one Amateur and one registered animal in Amateur classes only.  An Amateur may exhibit more than one horse/pony; however, the points earned by the Amateur with each animal will be compiled separately.  Points may not be transferred from one animal to another or from one handler to another.  An exhibitor must acquire 70 points in any one class to achieve the Award of Excellence in that class.  Points shall be awarded using the same point system currently used for Hall of Fame with points given to all individual Amateur classes. 









Sponsor of this award is the American Shetland Pony Club, Inc., National Office

Award Description:
Based on total points accumulated in all Amateur Classes at qualifying shows.

Possible two awards per qualifying show - 1 ASPC and 1 AMHR. Winner will receive a certificate redeemable for one of many personalized awards.

To Qualify Show:
In order for a show to qualify for this award, it must meet the qualifications by offering Amateur Classes in a sanctioned ASCP/AMHR/ASPR show. All necessary paperwork will be forwarded to show management. Upon completion of show, the show management will forward original paperwork to the ASCP/AMHR ASPR Award Chairman within 14 days for distribution of award.

Sponsor of this award is the American Shetland Pony Club, Inc.

Award Description:
Based on total points accumulated in all Amateur classes at sanctioned and approved shows. Based on One Horse/One Amateur. Amateur may enter as many horses as they choose.

Ten Possible Awards:
  Miniature Halter - Under
  Miniature Halter - Over
  Miniature Performance - Under
  Miniature Performance - Over
  Classic/Foundation Halter
  Classic/Foundation Performance
  Modern/Modern Pleasure - Halter
  Modern/Modern Pleasure - Performance
  Show Pony - Halter
  Show Pony - Performance

To Qualify:
All End of the Year High Point award applications must be postmarked on or before December 1st of current show year and sent to the national home office.

Awards will be at the discretion of the ASPC, Inc., Amateur Committee

Winners will be calculated using All Star Points. All calculations of points will be done in the national home office.

Sponsor of this award is the American Shetland Pony Club, Inc., (ASPC/AMHR/ASPR)

Six Awards are presented:
  Miniature Halter
  Miniature Driving
  Miniature Performance
  Shetland Halter
  Shetland Driving
  Shetland Performance

Awards are based on one Amateur and up to 3 horses in each division. The Amateur will select up to three horses in a division and all points accumulated at ASPC, Inc., sanctioned and approved shows for those three horses (when shown by the Amateur applying) in the chosen division will be totaled. Amateur may apply in any or all divisions and horses may be used in multiple division. One application per Amateur per division.

This is a multiple horse/ one Amateur award.

To Qualify:
Submit application to American Shetland Pony Club, Inc., national home office. Applications must be postmarked on or before December 1st of current show year.

Awards will be at the discretion of the ASPC, Inc., Amateur Committee. The prizes will be shipped to the winners no later than March 1 following the show year applicable. Winners will be recognized at the National COnvention. Winners will be recognized in The Journal prior to recognition at the Convention.

Winners will be calculated using All Star points. All calculation of points will be done in the national home office.

Halter - Amateur Halter
Driving - Pleasure, Country Pleasure, Western Country Pleasure, Roadster and Park
Performance - Halter Obstacle, Driving Obstacle, Jumping, Hunter and Showmanship

This program was established for those amateurs that are members of the ASPC/AMHR/ASPR but don't have a desire to be in a show ring. It allows those amateurs to exhibit their Shetlands and Miniatures thru other venues and earn their amateur awards including an amateur jacket as a Supreme Amateur in the Amateur Companion/Excellence program. To participate, you must hold a current Amateur card and the Shetland and Miniatures must be registered with the ASPC/AMHR. The member must hold a current Amateur card when they are doing the activity, you CANNOT obtain an amateur card at the end of the year and expect the activity to count.

There are two parts to the program:
The Amateur Excellence can be used with multiple registered horses or just one horse, but all must be owned by the same member in good standing with a current amateur card.

The awards and points will be cumulative. The points are perpetual, not annual and can be won multiple times. It might take more than one year to accumulate your points, that is fine - they will keep accumulating until you have earned 500 points. This program focuses on our members how are involved in community service. Download Amateur Companion Horse Form

The second part if for one horse/one owner:
The same points are used but there is only one Companion Horse award. This award is for one horse achieving 500 points. you will receive a monogrammed jacket honoring your achievement with your name, horse's name, year completed and the organization logo. Download Amateur Excellence Program Form

Visit American Driving Society for CDE/VSE events you can participate in with your ASPC/AMHR registered horses. You must hold a current amateur card at the time of the event.

Electronic submissions of paperwork will be accepted. The records must be kept on paper only and your forms MUST be signed by the event sponsor and emailed or sent through the US mail. A copy of your amateur card MUST be enclosed with your paperwork. All submitted paperwork must be postmarked or received by December 31st of current show season. All awards will be ordered and shipped to each member at the beginning of the next show season.

Please submit to: Ms. Janice Bryant - 2016 McFarland Ave., Rossville, GA, 30741.
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Click Here for List of Activities and Points Earned for Each

Please take advantage of these wonderful awards and have fun with your ponies and minis!

ALL Participants must hold a VALID ASPC/AMHR/ASPR Amateur Card at the time of participation in the event or activity. The forms must be filled out and properly signed by the coordinator, show manager, club officer, or supervisor. The form cannot be signed by the individual program participant. Forms are to be submitted with a total at the end of the program or as the levels are reached between December 1 and December 31 of each year.

Award Levels:
500 Points - Embroidered Jacket with tricolor logo for one horse or designated program logo
250 Points - Large duffel bag or soft sided computer case
Journal Article - Only one article per amateur when 500 points have been reached

The following is a list of activities that you may participate in with your registered pony or miniature horse to receive recognition. You must participate in a minimum of three different categories.

Community Service - 10 Points
Cnvalescent Visits to nursing homes, children's homes, hospitals, etc.
School Demonstrations
Tree Lighting Ceremonies

Club/Group Activity - 10 Points
Trail Rides
Trails Drvies
Fun Shows

4 H/Church Youth Groups/Girl Scouts (youth) - 15 Points Per Horse
This is for ANY horses-donated event - the use of your horse is donated to a youth program.

Team Competition - 10 Points
Precision Drills

Exhibitions - 10 Points Per Horse
County Fairs
Breed Showcase Events

Open Shows - 5 Points Per Horse
Non-Sanctioned Only (Enclose a class sheet with specified miniature or Shetland pony classes)
20 points bonus for entire show

Local Breed Sanctioned Shows - 3 Points Per Horse
Local Clubs Shows Only
(Not including Area and National Shows)

Media Coverage - 10 Points (excludes Journal publications)
TV Broadcast
Newspaper Articles
Billboard (not paid for)
Magazine Articles

Parades - 5 Points Per Horse/10 Pts Per Driving Horse/10 Pts Per Costume
Spring Events
Veterans Day

ADS Carriage Driving Events
NOTE: No points for elimination, withdrawal or retire

CDE (Carriage Driving Events) - 10 Points

Horse Driving Trials - 10 Points

Arena Driving - 10 Points

Pleasure Classes - 10 Points

Miscellaneous Drives - 5 Points
Traditional Day of Driving
Sleigh Rallies