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What steps must I take to become a competitor in the English Western Program?
- Become a member of CSHA. Join directly or through the many CSHA member clubs in your area.
- Find which Region you are a resident of and join their English Western program.
- (If your Region does not have a program, contact the State E/W Chair)
- Apply for an amateur card if you wish to compete in the amateur age divisions.
- Your individual Region English Western Program may have additional requirements.
What is an Amateur Card and why do I need one?
- CSHA (as do all of the major breed associations) requires that competitors, 18 years and older, certify that they are competing as an amateur.
- Competitors that wish to compete in the 18 & Over, 18-34 or 35 & Over age divisions are required to possess an amateur card issued by CSHA or by a nationally recognized breed or association (AQHA, APHA, USEF, etc).
- You are not required to obtain an amateur card in order to compete, but without one, you will be limited to the Open Divisions only.
What is the definition of an Amateur?
- Definition of Amateur: Regardless of one’s equestrian skills and/or accomplishments, a person is an amateur for competition who, after his/her 18th birthday, has NOT ENGAGED in any of the following activities: rides, drives, shows in Halter, schools, trains, assists in training or gives instruction for remuneration, accepts prize money for showing in Showmanship or Equitation, or gives instruction to any person or rides or shows where another person in his or her family will receive remuneration.
My horse is not registered. Can I still compete?
- CSHA is an open breed organization. Your horse does not need to be a registered breed in order to compete.
How do I get to the State Championship Show?
- Compete in at least 3 CSHA sanctioned shows.
- Finish in the Top 10 in your age division for your Region.
- Go to the State Championship Show where you will be competing for the title of State Champion.
How do I find which shows are sanction by CSHA?
- CSHA maintains a calendar of approved shows.
- Look for the show calendar link for the most current listing of approved shows.
- Please check the calendar often as it is updated on a regular basis with newly approved shows.
Which shows am I allowed to attend?
- Shows are approved on a statewide basis. You may attend any of the shows on the approval list.
- Check with your local Region rules. They may use a “best of series” and limit the total number of shows that will count towards qualifications.
What steps must I take as a show manager to get my event on the list of approved shows?
- Submit a show approval application and fee to the State E/W Chair.
- Use a licensed judge from CSHA or from another recognized organization.
- Shows must be governed by the West Coast Horse Show Rule Book.
- You must maintain show records for one year and submit those records for inspection by CSHA upon demand.
- Only classes that meet the specifications as defined in the show approval instructions will receive approval.
How do I receive more information about the English Western Program or the show approval process?
- Contact the State English Western Program Chair