Fundamental Requirements for Affiliated Clubs Disability or Impairment of Handler Policy Health and Safety Policy
Height for Age for Horses Measuring Policy Measuring Procedure
Novice/Open definition Typing Assessment Policy Typing for Halter Standard
Use of the AIMHCNZ Logo(s) Bank Signatories Youth Age
Cat C Show Rule AMHA Horse Show Rule NZ Bred Horse Show Rule
Minimum Age that a Foal can be shown Age of Masters  

Fundamental Requirements for Affiliated Clubs that ensure consistency across operations and shows:

  1. Halter typing will be implemented by Affiliated Clubs to ensure horses of the same type compete against each other.  The guidelines as to what constitutes a Foundation, Classic and Modern type horse descriptions are set by AIMHCNZ.  15/1/2017

  2. Unregistered horses will be included in Affiliated Club Activities including shows but will not be eligible for AIMHCNZ incentive competitions such as Hi Points, Halls of Excellence, Premiere Mare and Gelding Awards - Updated 21/7/2018

  3. Affiliated Clubs will cater for horses up to 42" in Club activities including shows - original policy

  4. Affiliated Clubs will develop and publish their own show rules, operational policies and procedures - 15/1/2017 Note: where there is an overarching AIM policy the Club will adopt this

  5. Height for Age and Measuring policies - updated 29 August 2018

  6. Registry policies - updated 23/01/2017

  7. AIM provides public liability and statutory liability cover for itself and all Affiliated Clubs. Clubs may still elect to have additional cover for their club independently from the AIM policy - original policy.

  8. AIM provides Clubs with a Health and Safety Plan.  AIM encourages Clubs to take health and safety seriously and make all efforts to ensure that their working environments (e.g., show and rally day grounds) are safe.  A health and safety briefing should be carried out prior to each event held and any identified hazards notified together with mitigations - original policy

  9. AIM provides national competitions.  - original policy.  These include, but are not limited to: HiPoints, Halls of Excellence, Premiere Mare, Premiere Gelding, Wychwood Cup

  10. The definitions below are included in AIM policy to ensure that AIM shows are consistent and competitors are not disadvantaged through different rules being applied by different clubs:

  • Novice/Open horse qualification

  • AMHA horse and NZ Bred Horse criteria

  • Minimum age that a foal is shown

  • Youth age groups - Junior and Senior

  • Masters age


Height for Age for Horses - original policy

Height for age for horses commences as at 1st August for New Zealand bred horses and at the actual birth date for horses imported from the Northern Hemisphere.

Category A

- Foals and Weanlings must not exceed 30" in height

- Yearlings must not exceed 32" in height

- Two year olds must not exceed 33" in height

- Three years old and over shall not exceed 34" in height

Category B

- Foals and Weanlings must be over 30" and over and not exceed 33"

- Yearlings must be over 32" and not exceed 36"

- Two year olds must be over 33" and not exceed 37"

- Three year olds and over must be over 34" and not exceed 38"

Category C

- Foals and Weanlings must be over 33" and not exceed 36"

- Yearlings must be over 36" and not exceed 38"

- Two year olds must be over 37" and not exceed 40"

 -Three year olds and over be over 38" and not exceed 42"


Measuring Policy - original policy

  1. All horses competing in AIMHCNZ Inc shows and events shall have a current height certificate from a recognised source, or be measured at the show or event and be issued with a height certificate valid for the period of the show or event in accordance with the AIM measuring policy

  2. Measuring will be carried out in accordance with the approved and documented Measuring Procedure.


Novice Horse/Handler 15/1/2017 - Updated 21/7/2018

A Novice horse or handler remains in Novice until they achieve six wins against competition, including A&P shows and other miniature horse shows, after which they must show in Open classes.  Once the horse is moved up to open they are unable to return to Novice.


Health and Safety - original policy

  1. A health and safety programme must be implemented in accordance with legislation

  2. A Health and Safety Officer must be appointed for each Affiliated Club


Disability and/or Impairment of Handler Policy - original policy

  1. Every effort will be made to accommodate those with disabilities or impairments at AIMHCNZ Inc events and at Affiliated Club rally days and events, however it is recognised that not all locations where rally days, shows and events are able to be held at venues that provide the facilities and amenities required for disabled people. 

  2. AIMHCNZ Inc and Affiliated Clubs will endeavour to work with those with disabilities or impairments who wish to participate to see how best they can be accommodated.

  3. No person may participate in activities during a rally day, show or event where they may be putting themselves or others in danger or at risk of harm. 

  4. At shows or events, horses including foals, must be shown by the same person throughout the class, however where a disability prevents a person from completing all activities in the class assistance may be approved. The request for assistance must be made to the Ring Steward prior to entering the Ring.


Horse Typing Assessment Policy - 18/8/2017

1.  General

This procedure has been implemented so that people showing at AIMHCNZ shows can have certainty that their horse will remain in the same type section throughout the season which protects its hi-point scores.  This procedure is implemented on a trial basis for a one year period and its effectiveness will be assessed at the July 2018 Committee meeting.

At the owner/handler's discretion, horses may be presented for assessment in near-show condition at an AIMHCNZ measuring day prior to the start of the show season.  Horses that cannot attend a measuring day can be measured and assessed at their first show outing, prior to the start of the show. 

Once the horse is assessed, its Type will be recorded on its measuring card with the date and initials of the Assessors, and will be documented in an AIMHCNZ database available to Affiliated Club officials.

To avoid a conflict of interest, AIMHCNZ Inc Assessors shall not assess their own horses, have a family member assess their horses, or assess horses that they have a legal or business interest in, including horses taken in for training, show preparation or show handling, horses they have on lease or horses they have recently sold.

Assessors must attend a Typing Training Day prior to the start of show season to update their knowledge and ensure that they are able to make an accurate assessment of a horse. A list of Assessors that have attended the course is published on the AIMHCNZ website.

 2.  Assessing a Horse

Horses are assessed by three Affiliated Club members that have attended the Assessors training day and have been designated by their Affiliated Clubs as Typing Assessors. Note: The Assessors do not all have to belong to the same Affiliated Club.

The horse will be presented for assessment in near-show, or show condition.  It will be stood squarely in accordance with the measuring procedure.  The horse will be asked to walk and trot out as part of the assessment and may be asked to stand in a show stance.  The horse shall be assessed from the front, both sides and rear.

The conditioning of the horse will be taken into consideration.  An overweight and unconditioned Modern horse is not a Classic horse.  The same goes for Classics.  An overweight and unconditioned Classic horse is not a Foundation horse.

The assessment is to be based on the AIMHCNZ Typing Standards.  As a guide, if a horse is 50% or more American Shetland breeding then it should be classified as a Modern horse unless it displays significantly more classic or foundation characteristics than modern characteristics.  A horse with less than 50% American Shetland breeding that displays predominantly modern characteristics will be classified as a Modern horse, however if it displays predominantly classic or foundation characteristics then it will be classified accordingly.  A miniature horse displaying predominantly classic characteristics will be classified as Classic and a miniature horse displaying predominantly foundation characteristics will be classified as Foundation.

Due to the potential for horses to be shown throughout New Zealand, typing decisions shall be determined by assessing the horse against the AIMHCNZ Typing Standard and should not be influenced by regional effects such as a lack of Modern horses forcing what is essentially a good Classic horse into the modern ring.

Where horses are borderline the Assessors must come to a decision regarding the classification of the horse that upholds the objective of preserving the Classic and Foundation rings for the older style horses.

Assessments are recorded on the horse's measuring card and will apply for the entire show season, providing that para 4 is not invoked.

3.  Assessors Decision is Final

Once the Assessors have reached a decision, the type will be documented in an AIMHCNZ database managed by the Registrar.  The database is available to Affiliated Clubs and is read only.  The assessment decision is effective immediately and is considered final with the exception of para 4 below.  The owner/handler shall not take the horse to another area for assessment by another Affiliated Club's Assessors in the hope of achieving a different decision.  The assigned type remains in place until the end of the current show season.

4.  Right of AIMHCNZ Committee to Reassess an Assessment Decision

In the event that an Affiliated Club strongly disagrees with an Assessment made by designated Assessors in accordance with this policy, the AIMHCNZ Committee reserve the right to review the decision by putting a motion to overturn the decision to the vote.  The Committee may only overturn the original assessment decision by achieving 75% or greater for the motion.  If the vote succeeds, the AIMHCNZ Committee must assign a panel of three Assessors to view the horse and carry out an assessment at a time that is mutually convenient for both parties.  The panel shall not include any Assessor that was involved in the assessment that was overturned.

The decision of this panel of Assessors assigned by the AIMHCNZ Committee is final and no further correspondence or discussion will be entered into.  The decision will remain in place until the end of the current show season. 

5.  Where No Assessment Has Been Carried Out Prior To The Start Of The Show

Horse owners/handlers may choose the halter section that they will show their horse in without having the horse assessed prior to the start of the show, but this is at their own risk.  If it is determined that the horse is being shown in the wrong section, the Affiliated Club Assessors retain the right to determine where it will show.  The Assessors' decision is final and the owner/handler will have the opportunity to show in the section designated by the Assessors or to scratch the horse.


Use of the AIMHCNZ Logo(s) - 25/9/2016

Affiliated Clubs should use the AIMHCNZ Logos on all club and show advertisements, brochures etc so that clubs could be identified as affiliated to AIMHCNZ.  Club logos should be advertised on the AIMHCNZ website and, if applicable, facebook page.

Bank Signatories - 6/8/2017

Three members of the Executive, being the President, Secretary and Treasurer will be appointed at each AGM as the signatories to the bank account.  Any two of these may sign cheques and approve payments.  In the event that two of these positions are held by closely connected people - e.g. same family or business partners, then the Vice President position will be used.  The appointments are made annually at the AGM.

Category C Show Rule - 21/7/2018

All Category C horses that show at AIM Hi-Point Shows must be registered with AIMHCNZ Inc.  Height for age rules apply.

AMHA Horse Show Rule - 21/7/2018

AMHA horses must be currently registered with AMHA and provide a copy of the certificate with the entries.

NZ Bred Horse Show Rule - 21/7/2018

To qualify as NZ Bred the horse must have been bred and born in New Zealand.  Its sire and dam must also have been bred and born in New Zealand.

Youth Ages - 21/7/2018

Junior Youth - 5 years old to 11 years old. Senior Youth - 12 years old to 17 years old. The youth age is as at the 1st August. If a youth has a birthday after the 1st August they remain in the section they began the season in for the entire show season.

Age for Masters - 21/7/2018

To enter into a Masters Class at HiPoint and Hall of Excellence Shows, a competitor must be 50 years or over.

Minimum Age a Foal can be Shown - 21/7/2018

Foals must be 16 weeks or over to compete at a show in the weanling classes.  The foal must be weaned or day weaned.  The foal's dam is not permitted in or around the perimeter of the show ring.