Awards and Programmes


AIMHCNZ Inc events consist of a combination of individual and team activities. One of our goals is to foster a club and team ethos along with individual success.

Annual Sportsmanship Award

Sponsored by Havenstock Minis, each Affiliated Club nominates a club member who has demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship throughout the year. The Committee vote to select the winning individual.

Annual Encouragement Award

Sponsored by Jesterfield Horsewear, each Affiliated Club nominates a club member who they feel has made significant progress during the year and whom they would like to recognise, to be encouraged to achieve further. The Committee vote to select the winning individual.

National Hi Point Annual Awards

Open to AIMHCNZ registered horses only.

The horse owner/s or lessee must be a member of an AIMHCNZ affiliated club to qualify for points.

Joint or Syndicated Horse ownership

  • For a horse owned by a Syndicate to qualify for points in an AIMHCNZ competition or awards scheme, the Syndicate must be a member of an AIMHCNZ Affiliated Club.
  • For a horse owned jointly by two or more parties to qualify for points in an AIMHCNZ competition or awards scheme, all the owners must be members of an AIMHCNZ Affiliated Club.

All points will be awarded in the horse owner’s name.

Where a horse is leased, a lease document must be lodged with the AIMHCNZ Registrar for the points to be awarded in the leasees name.

Handlers must be a member of an AIMHCNZ affiliated Club to gain points in handler classes.

Entry is automatic and points are collected during the show season.

All AIMHCNZ Inc National shows, the AIMHCNZ Championship Show and AIMHCNZ Inc Affiliated Club shows that are approved as Hi-Point shows, (HP), count towards Hi-points.

Points will be counted from halter breed (not NZ Bred, Super Senior or AMHA), colour, long reining, and pleasure harness, intro, novice or open trail (categories not to be combined), intro novice or open hunter or jumper (categories not to be combined); (not fault n out, 4 bar, cones, dressage or any other classes deemed as novelty by the Hi-Point committee); Best Presented, Showmanship, Youth and Masters handler classes.
Champions, reserve champions, and breed Supremes will be counted.

Points are scaled as follows:

1 Horse in the class – 1st = 1 point
2 Horses in the class – 1st = 2 points, 2nd = 1 point
3 Horses in the class – 1st = 3 points, 2nd = 2 points, 3rd = 1 point
4 Horses or more in the class – 1st = 4 points, 2nd = 3 points, 3rd = 2 points, 4th = 1 point
*5 Horses or more in the class – 1st = 5 points, 2nd = 4 points,. 3rd = 3 points, 4th = 2 point, 5th = 1 point
*Only applies to top five at the National Show only

Champions (or equivalent) = 5 points, Reserve Champions (or equivalent) = 3 points

The Champion place getter will be awarded one more point for their combined class/champion points than the Reserve Champion who placed behind, regardless of the numbers of horses in their class.

Supremes (or equivalent) = 8 points, Runner up Supremes (or equivalent) = 6 points

Points are based on a three tier point’s model. Where an automatic champion or reserve champion occurs the horse will earn its place points plus its champion or reserve champion points.

Points earned at an approved AIMHCNZ Inc National Extravaganza Show will earn double points; the AIMHCNZ Championship Show x1 ½ points all other shows are rated x1points, unless otherwise notified by AIMHCNZ.

Ties are subject to a count back. Order of placing’s is decided by number of Supremes, then number of Runner up Supremes, then number of Champions, then number of Runner up Champions, then number of first places etc. Where there is no way to separate the horses on points, a tied place will be awarded.

Irrespective of the number of shows that you enter, your points will be counted from your top 5 Affiliated Club Shows including the AIMHCNZ Inc National Extravaganza Show, or the Championship Show (not both).

Trophies are awarded for the best overall horse in the Hi-Point categories listed below. Certificates are awarded 1st-4th place.

Hi Point Categories are:

• Foundation Halter Horse
• Classic Halter Horse
• Modern Halter Horse
• Overall Halter Horse
• Overall Colour Horse
• Harness – Novice and open or combined classes
• Long reining – Novice and open or combined classes
• Trail – Novice and open or combined classes
• Hunter/Jumper – Novice and open, or combined, or height based. Does not include introductory classes
• Overall Performance Horse
• Super Senior
• NZ Bred horse
• AMHA registered horse
• Master classes including showmanship and other master classes
• Adult classes including best presented and showmanship
• Youth classes including best presented, showmanship and other youth classes

Fault and Out, 4 bar, cones, dressage or any other classes deemed as novelty by the Hi-point committee will not be counted.
*Combined being combining of categories

Club reporting responsibilities

Clubs must supply a copy of their current membership lists, and Hi-Point Show results to the Hi-Point Co-ordinator/s within four weeks after the show, as required during the show season. The joining date of new members should also be provided so the Hi-Points Co-ordinator knows when valid points have been earned. Points will only be collected for AIM affiliated club members that are recorded on these membership lists.