The Rookie of the Year award recognizes someone who is new to the show ring.
The rider has not shown a TWH in a riding class prior to January 1 of the current year.
To be eligible for the Rookie class, an adult must be a MWHA member. Children 17 and under are eligible if one of their parents is a MWHA member.
The rider will only be eligible for Rookie status through the current show season.
The same horse/ rider combination must be shown throughout the year.
MWHA sponsored shows will offer one "Rookie" class at each show. Registered walking horses in all divisions are eligible to show in this class.
There is no nomination fee for the Rookie of the Year award. Points will be tabulated for the rider/horse combination showing and placing in any TWH class at MWHA horse shows. If the "Rookie" rider chooses to earn points towards other year-end awards in the MWHA High Point Program, they must pay the nomination fee. Their horse will then be eligible to earn points in their respective divisions (Plantation, Lite Shod, Trail Pleasure, Country Pleasure, and All Day Pleasure) at all MWHA sponsored shows, including the Washington County Fair Horse Show and the Minnesota State Fair Horse Show.