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For the 2019 show season, the Northern California Walking Horse Association will have three high point programs in place to recognize and award NCWHA members who show at NCWHA approved horse shows.

To be eligible, a youth or adult exhibitor must be a member in good standing, with a paid lifetime or 2019 annual membership, at of the start of the horse show for which points will accrue. All points will be tracked by the NCWHA and members are automatically enrolled by participation at an approved show. Approved horse shows for 2019 are as follows:

Mayfest, Rancho Murieta, May 15th-17th

Oktoberfest, Corning, October TBA


NCWHA Members’ Classes High Point Program:

At each eligible show, there will be five available classes open to members only. The year-end high point awards will be based on the total points a member accumulates in each class across the eligible shows. All classes are open to any gaited breed horse of any shoeing division and English or western tack may be used. The same horse cannot be ridden in more than one class. A member may compete in multiple classes, if he or she is eligible, but different horses must be ridden for points to count. If the same horse is ridden in multiple classes, points will only be counted in the first class in which the horse is ridden at a particular show. No exceptions. Points will be awarded according to placing: 5 points for first place, 4 points for second place, 3 points for third place, 2 points for fourth place, and 1 point for fifth place. An additional 3 points will be awarded for participating in the class, regardless of whether the member places or not. Double points will be awarded for the classes at Mayfest and Oktoberfest. The NCWHA members’ classes for 2019 will be:


  1. OGB NCWHA Member Amateur 2 Gait Class- Open to all amateur NCWHA members of any age. Horses to be judged at walk and favorite gait.

  2. OGB NCWHA Member Open 2 Gait Class- Open to all NCWHA members of any age, including trainers. Horses to be judged at walk and favorite gait.

  3. OGB NCWHA Member Open 3 Gait Class- Open to all NCWHA members of any age, including trainers. Horses to be judged at walk, favorite gait, and canter/lope.

  4. OGB NCWHA Member Youth 2 Gait Class- Open to NCWHA members 17 years of age or younger as of January 1, 2019. Horses to be judged at walk and favorite gait.

  5. OGB NCWHA Member Novice 2 Gait Class- Open to any amateur NCWHA member who has not previously won an end year NCWHA members’ class high point. Horses to be judged at walk and favorite gait.


NCWHA Trainer of the Year High Point Program:

This award was created to recognize NCWHA member trainers who participate or have clients who participate in NCWHA member classes at approved shows. Points will follow the horses trained by a NCWHA member trainer and shown in NCWHA member classes. The points will be awarded in the same manner as the NCWHA Members’ Classes High Point Program. All rules of this program must be met for points to count for the trainer.


NCWHA Member Overall High Point Program:

Points will follow an eligible NCWHA member and can be earned in any and all classes at 2019 approved shows. Points CAN be earned on multiple horses. Points will be awarded based on placing and class entries as follows:

One entry classes: 1 point for 1st 

Two entry classes: 2 points for 1st, 1 point for 2nd

Three entry classes: 3 points for 1st, 2 points for 2nd, 1 point for 3rd

Four entry classes: 4 points for 1st, 3 points for 2nd, 2 points for 3rd, 1 point for 4th

Five entry classes: 5 points for 1st, 4 points for 2nd, 3 points for 3rd, 2 points for 4th, 1 point for 5th

Six or more entry classes: 6 points for 1st, 5 points for 2nd, 4 points for 3rd, 3 points for 4th, 2 points for 5th, 1 point for members who place below 5th or do not place

There are no double point shows. End year high point awards will be given in three categories: Trainer, Amateur (18 and over), and Youth (17 and under).


Please feel free to contact Kris Herman, NCWHA Show High Point manager with any questions at or 916-730-7720.

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