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Joint Leadership Council Issues Request Letter to Monarch Show Series

The Joint Leadership Council has issued the letter below to the organizers of the newly developed Monarch Show Series and championship to address the qualification requirements for the Kentucky State Fair World's Championship Horse Show and the Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show and how those qualification requirements may impact exhibitors at MSS shows. The JLC wants to ensure all aspects of the industry are clear on the policies and procedures for the best success of all. 

Dear Monarch Show Series Representatives,

It has recently come to the attention of the Joint Leadership Council (JLC), a group comprised of individuals appointed by AHHS, AMHA, ASHA, ARHPA and UPHA, that there is some confusion around the qualification of horses and riders at the Monarch Show Series shows for the World Championship Horse Show and the Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show. This letter is an attempt by the JLC to eliminate that confusion.

The JLC is fully supportive of your mission to increase participation at horse shows and offer an under-represented group of exhibitors a championship opportunity. We applaud your initiative and wish you great success. Our concern is that some exhibitors at your shows may misunderstand the goals of your organization and mistakenly assume classes at your shows qualify them for both your championship show and the breed specific championship shows. We wish to be proactive in addressing this issue. Our goal in writing to you is to eliminate the possibility of any exhibitor being disappointed or penalized for a misinterpretation of the rules.

Following lengthy discussion, the JLC requests you consider three action items:

That you include a statement on your website that explains qualifying for the World Championship Horse Show and the Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show must be at shows that have a USEF or Star Rating affiliation.
That your Affiliation Application include the statement as described above.
That where possible the Monarch Show Series Prize Lists contain language stating affiliation with USEF or the Star Rating programs is necessary for qualification for the World Championships for American Saddlebreds, Hackneys, Road Horses/Ponies and Morgans.

Thank you for your consideration. We look forward to hearing from you and wish you great success with your Monarch Show Series.


Members of the JLC:

David Mount, Marty Schaffel (ASHA)

Maureen Quackenbush, Rich Campbell (AHHS)

James Nichols, Jim Taylor (ARHPA)

Carrie Mortensen, Tony Lee (AMHA)

Cindy Mugnier, Lynda Freseth (UPHA)

Judy Werner (Member At Large)

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