AIMHCNZ Inc events will 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.


Sportsmanship Award

Sponsored by Havenstock Minis, each Affiliated Club nominates a club member who has demonstrated sportsmanship during the year.  The Committee make the final selection.

Encouragement Award

Sponsored by Jesterfield Horsewear, each Affiliated Club nominates a club member who has made the most progress during the year and needs a bit of encouragement to achieve further.  The Committee make the final selection.

Hi Point Annual Awards

Points are collected during the show season at designated shows.  Entry is automatic and applies to all AIM registered horses.

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 = 34 points,. 3rd = 3 points, 4th = 2 point, 5th = 1 point

*Only applies to top five at the National Show

Champions (or equivalent) = 5 points, Runner up Champions (or equivalent) = 3 points

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

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

Ties are subject to a countback.  Order of placings 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.

Handler classes are based on one horse and one handler combination.

Hi-Points earned at the AIMHCNZ Inc National Extravaganza Show 1-3 March 2019 will earn double Hi-Points

Irrespective of the number of shows that you enter, your points will be counted from your top 4 Affiliated Club Shows plus the AIMHCNZ Inc National Extravaganza Show.

Trophies are awarded for the best overall horse in the Hi-Point categories. Certificates will be 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

  • Longreining - 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

Clubs must supply a copy of their membership lists to the Hi-Point Co-ordinator at the start of the season and then provide details updates at regular intervals for those who have joined the club during the year.  The joining date should also be provided so the Hi-Points Co-ordinator knows when valid points have been earned.  Points can only be collected for AIM affiliated club members that are recorded on these membership lists.


Education Programme - In Development

One of our primary objectives is to promote the care of the miniature horse.  Being small, these horses have needs that big horses do not have.  Many people that are involved with miniature horses have not had any previous experience with horses.  Many cases of neglect are simply due to a lack of knowledge by owners.

Our Education Programme is available to Affiliated Club full members.  It is based around rewards for achieving knowledge and competency in the same way as girl guides or pony club where certificates are earned by attaining defined levels of competency and expertise.

It is envisaged that each Affiliated Club will appoint an Instructor that is able to assess Club members and issue the awards when competency has been achieved.

The programme is currently under development and will consist of three levels - One (Easy) coded Green, Two (Medium) coded Orange and Three (Difficult) coded Red.  When a module is successfully completed, a badge will be issued.  Once all of the modules are completed in a Level a Certificate of Achievement will be awarded.

Topics likely to be covered are:-

General Knowledge

  • Health

  • Exercise

  • Appropriate feed and pasture management

  • Fencing, stabling, protection from heat and cold and other environmental aspects

  • Show preparation

  • Parts of the Horse

  • Owning a stallion

  • Breeding a mare

  • Foaling

Competency (involving different levels of achievement)

  • Trail

  • In-hand jumping

  • Harness and driving

  • Showmanship

  • Showing in halter

  • Lungeing

  • Long Reining

  • General handling

  • Training


  • Being a buddy

  • Being an Instructor

  • Achievements as part of a team

Community Involvement with your Horse

This may entail one (or more) of the following:-

  • Visiting an aged care facility

  • Taking your horse to town

  • Participating in local field days or agricultural events

  • Visiting a kindergarten or pre-school

  • School holiday programmes