Versatility Program & Shows
The Versatility Program is a showcase for the flat-shod Tennessee Walking Horse. With as many as 20 different events from which to choose, you and your horse have a variety of events in which to participate. You may choose to enter one event, or compete in them all! Some of the divisions are more challenging than others, so perhaps you would like to start with one of the simpler divisions such as English pleasure, western pleasure, water glass, or model. Because the Versatility Program is a self achievement program which you custom design for you and your horse, you set the goals you'd like to accomplish, and the excitement begins! Prizes, fame, glory, honor, increased horse value, and a sense of accomplishment are in store for you as a participant of the TWHBEASM Versatility Program. The Versatility Program is just one of the many services of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders' and Exhibitors' AssociationSM! There will be a one time nomination fee of $25 for each horse/rider combination participating in this international program
Versatility Rule Clarification
In order for points to count in the TWHBEA Versatility Supreme/Superior Program, approved equipment, including a bridle or hackamore must be used when showing. Bridleless riding or riding with a halter is strictly prohibited when it comes to counting points in the program.
The program is divided into three sections, one for youth competitors 17 and under, one for adult competitors 18 and over, and one for elite competitors 60 and over. Youth exhibitors may compete on mares or geldings only, while adults and elites may use horses of any sex. All horses must be TWHBEA registered and must be two years old or over.
Youth, adult and elite sections have been designated with the one rider/one horse concept. Points in all sections are awarded to a horse/rider combination.
Points carried by a horse in a class designated for youth exhibitors may not be transferred to the adult or elite sections.
1. In sections of the Versatility Program, written nomination must be made to the TWHBEASM, listing the recorded name of the horse and the owner of registry record, and the rider.
2. If an exhibitor changes horses any time during the show season, a new point record begins for that pair. Riders can team with as many horses as they’d like during the show season, however each horse and rider team will be issued its own point book.
3. Leased horses are eligible. For horse show purposes, the term “owner” means the person shown as the owner by the records of the TWHBEASM or a person who has a bona fide lease on said horse. A bona fide lease is a lease for which TWHBEA has a completed official TWHBEA lease registration form on file.
4. TWHBEASM registration shall be required of all horses for eligibility.
5. TWHBEASM membership is required for both owners and exhibitors of horses participating in the youth, adult and elite divisions of the Versatility Program.
6. All classes are open classes unless specified as an amateur class.
7. All horse shows and events, including schooling shows, are eligible for points through the TWHBEA Versatility Program as long as a licensed judge is used. The only exception is dressage schooling shows where an L candidate is acceptable. The judge’s name and licensing organization must be listed in your point books.
8. Youths 17 and under are eligible to show mares or geldings only, two years of age and over. Horses must be plain shod. Pads and hoofbands are prohibited.
9. Adults 18 and over and elites 60 and over are eligible to show stallions, mares and geldings two years of age or over. Horses must be plain shod. Pads and hoofbands are prohibited.
10. Points are tabulated from the date of nomination on file at the TWHBEASM Office.
11. Misrepresentation of facts in your point book will result in the nullification of the entire year's points. If a protest is filed and upheld requiring a versatility entry to forfeit their ribbons and placings, that entrant will also be stripped of all points earned that year.
12. It is the responsibility of each competitor to make sure all rules as stated in the TWHBEA Versatility Rule Book are followed. The TWHBEA Versatility Rule Book supersedes all other rulebooks for competitors who wish to have points from a particular show or event counted for the TWHBEA Versatility Program. All points must be recorded in an official TWHBEA Versatility Program Point Book for each horse/rider combination. The name and address of the show secretary must be clearly written in the point book for each show and a premium list for each show must accompany the point book when it is turned in. For Dressage, a copy of each score sheet and test must be submitted with the point book. For points in competitive rides, endurance rides, and judged trail rides, a copy of the ride announcement should accompany the point book. For points in promotion, written proof of the event should be submitted with the point book. This can include an event program, media announcement, or letter of participation signed by an appropriate official. For points in Extreme Sport, an even program and copy of the event results must accompany the point book. TWHBEA encourages all HIO’s and shows with Walking Horse Versatility classes to recognize the TWHBEA Versatility Rule Book as the Breed Standard. TWHBEA encourages participation in 4-H and open all breed shows.
The TWHBEA World Versatility Show debuted in1998 as the TWHBEA Versatility Show. The event was developed to offer participants in the TWHBEA Versatility Program the opportunity to compete against peers from all over the country in a championship setting. For many competitors, the World Show is the event at which they reap the benefits of a year's hard work. The show offers triple versatility points as well as an ample prize list. Generous prizes are also awarded to the adult, youth, and trainer highpoint and reserve highpoint winners.
The TWHBEA World Versatility Show (the only triple point show) features a complete schedule of point earning versatility classes. The schedule includes Showmanship, Model, Equitation, Stock Seat Equitation, Dressage, Hunter Hack, Trail Obstacle, TWH Over Fences, Obstacle Driving, Pleasure Driving, Western Riding, Basic Reining, Water Glass, Barrels, and Poles. Points earned in these classes count towards end of the year highpoint honors and Superior or Supreme Versatility Championships.
Since its inception, the TWHBEA World Versatility Show has experienced steady growth with entries increasing by approximately 50 each year. In 2004, due to the high level of entries, the show had to be expanded to a two-day event. In 2007, the show was expanded to a 3 day event to include rail classes as well.
TWHBEA also sponsors a number of regional versatility shows throughout the country. These shows offer the same classes as the World Versatility Show and operate under the TWHBEA Versatility Rulebook. Exhibitors at these shows earn points towards end of the year high point honors and Supreme or Superior Versatility Championships. The shows are coordinated through the TWHBEA Horse Show Development program. They offer an excellent opportunity for Versatility Program participants to earn points in their own backyard.
For more information about this program please contact Kristen Stegall at 931-359-0592 or firstname.lastname@example.org