The Youth Horse Companion Program was created in order to give the youth who doesn't participate in sanctioned shows an opportunity to work toward an award by sharing their partnership with a small equine (parades, nursing home visits, educational exhibits, etc.)
How to Apply:
1. The youth must be a member of the American Shetland Pony Club, Inc., organization (which is comprised of ASPC, AMHR, ASPR, NSPPR, ASPIR registries)
2. The equine must be a registered with the American Shetland Pony Club, Inc., (which is comprised of ASPC, AMHR, ASPR, NSPPR, ASPIR registries)
3. The equine must be woned by either the youth or a family member OR the horse may be leased by the youth or their family members through following the organization lease rules (refer to the Official Rule Book).
4. This award is based on one youth and one horse as a team completing activities which promote small equine.
5. Youth may submit more than one Team. This award may be earned concurrently with another Team.
6. Points are awarded per Youth/Equine Team.
7. Points can be accumulated from year to year for each Youth/Equine Team.
8. Levels of Achievement:
Level I: 50 Activities. Youth/Equine Team will receive an award and a certificate.
Level II: 100 Activities. Youth/Equine Team will receive an award and a certificate.
Level III: 150 Activities. Youth/Equine Team will receive an award and a certificate.
Their story will be published in The Journal when space is available.
9. Once Level III has been attained, the Team will be recorded as achieving the Youth Horse Companion of Excellence Award.
10. Once a Team has earned this title, the youth and small equine as a team are no longer eligible to earn this award again. However, either youth or small equine can be part of a different team.
11. The youth must keep records of activities such as parades, workshops, nursing home visits, displays, demonstrations, etc.
12. Activities and Dates must be listed on a worksheet.
13. The cover sheet must be signed by a parent or guardian.
14. Worksheet may be duplicated as needed.
15. Promotional activities that can be used are varied. If there is an activity not listed that you feel should be included, please contact the Youth Committee Chair.
16. The winners will be notified by the Area Youth Committee Member in charge of Awards. There will be an award presented at the National Convention during the Saturday Morning Hall of Fame Breakfast. If winner is unable to attend, the award will be shipped to them.
17. In the event the youth's companion horse dies, another horse/pony can be substituted on the Team. In order to substitute, a statement stating the horse's death must be attached to the award submission along with the replacement horse's registered name and number.