As we approach the New Year, don’t forget to review the performance eligibility extensions that were approved through the 2020 Stimulus Plan. Due to COVID-19, exhibitors faced a significantly abbreviated year and these extensions were granted to give exhibitors the opportunity to have a full year of eligibility. The performance eligibility extensions that will go into effect in 2021 are the following:
- Novice Youth, Novice Amateur and Green Horse eligibility in 2020 will be maintained and extended until December 31, 2021.
- Youth Walk-Trot 5-10, Youth 13 & Under, Youth Walk-Trot 11-18 and Youth 18 & Under exhibitors in their last year of their respective division will maintain their January 1, 2020, eligibility for that division through December 31, 2021.
- Allow Youth Walk-Trot 11-18 cardholders in 2020 to have three consecutive years of eligibility in that division instead of two consecutive years.
For more information, check out the details below on each eligibility extension.
Novice Youth, Novice Amateur & Green Horse Extension
Do I still need to apply for a 2021 Novice Youth or Novice Amateur Eligibility Card?
Yes! To be eligible for these extensions, exhibitors still need to purchase a 2021 Novice Youth or Novice Amateur Eligibility Card.
Does points, money and/or titles earned in 2020 count against my 2021 Novice Youth, Novice Amateur and Green Horse eligibility?
No, exhibitors or horses currently classified with 2020 Novice Youth, Novice Amateur and Green Horse eligibility will be maintained through December 31, 2021. However, all eligible earnings (including 2020 and 2021) will affect Novice Youth, Novice Amateur & Green Horse eligibility starting January 1, 2022.
Where can I apply for my 2021 Novice Youth and Novice Amateur Eligibility Card?
Both applications can be found online at https://apha.com/showing/show-forms/
Youth Age Extension
This was my final year to show in the Youth division as I will be 19 as of January 1, 2021. What does this stimulus plan do for me?
Any AjPHA member in his or her final year as an exhibitor will now have the option to have their Youth eligibility extended into 2021. Youth in this situation just need to maintain their AjPHA membership through 2021.
If I’m going to be 19 as of January 1, 2021, do I have to stay in the Youth Division or can I show in the Amateur division?
No, you can choose to move up to the Amateur division. However, once you have shown or purchased a card in the Youth or Amateur division you will not be able to change divisions for the remainder of 2021.
I have an AjPHA lifetime membership (J-Term) that expires December 31, 2020. Do I need to get a 1-year AjPHA membership to be able to show in Youth classes in 2021?
Lifetime Youth memberships will be valid for your extended Youth year through December 31, 2021. To have your lifetime (J-Term) AjPHA membership extended, you will just need to contact the APHA Office or go to https://americanpainthorseassoc.formstack.com/forms/ajpha_membership. If you choose to show in the Amateur division, you will need to purchase a regular APHA adult membership and Amateur card at https://americanpainthorseassoc.formstack.com/forms/2021_amateur_application.
What if I do not have a lifetime AjPHA membership and my membership expires December 31, 2020?
If you do not have a lifetime AjPHA membership, you will be required to renew your AjPHA membership.
Where can I go to extend my lifetime AjPHA membership or purchase a 1-year AjPHA membership?
To update or purchase an AjPHA Membership, you can go to https://americanpainthorseassoc.formstack.com/forms/ajpha_membership
Will Youth in their final year of Youth Walk-Trot 5-10 (as of 2020) be able to show in Youth walk-trot-lope classes in 2021?
Yes, but when an exhibitor enters any of the Walk-Trot classes at a show, he or she may not enter any other classes at that show except for halter and showmanship (YP-110.B).
Will Youth in their final year of Youth 13 & Under (as of 2020) be able to show in the Youth 18 & Under classes in 2021?
Yes, a 13 & Under exhibitor may choose in which division to compete on a per-class basis but cannot exhibit in both divisions in the same class (YP-075.A.1).
Youth Walk-Trot 11-18 Extension
Do I still need to apply for a 2021 Youth Walk-Trot 11-18 Eligibility Card?
Yes! To be eligible for this extension, exhibitors need to purchase a 2021 Youth Walk-Trot 11-18 Eligibility Card.
With three consecutive years, how long can I show in the Youth Walk-Trot 11-18 division.
If you held a 2020 Youth Walk-Trot 11-18 Card, you could show in that division through December 31, 2022. However, you must meet all other eligibility requirements.
Where can I apply for my 2021 Youth Walk-Trot 11-18 Eligibility Card?
The Youth Walk-Trot 11-18 Eligibility Card application can be found online at https://apha.com/showing/show-forms/
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