16. AMATEUR OWNED, TRAINED & SHOWN (AOTS) CLASSES. Can be offered in any Morgan section. Exhibitors, attendants,
and headers must meet the specifications for Amateur status, GR1306. Horses are not to have been professionally
trained during the current competition year (riding and driving instruction excluded). In addition, horses are
not to be presented, prepared, groomed or schooled with the aid of a professional before or during the competition.
Horses may be stabled with a professional during the competition and hauled by a professional. Professional help
for situations relevant to safety is permitted. Owner must sign as owner, trainer and rider/driver on the Federation
entry blank. For definition of amateur owner, refer to MO104.9.
Q: Clarify what is meant by the competition year?
You cannot have been with a trainer from the start of the
competition year December 1st until the time you enter the class. For
example, if you show in April you cannot have been with a trainer
from December 1st through the time of the show in April. The entire
competition year is defined as December 1 to November 30.
Q: Is there a 90 day period prior to the class, that the horse could not be trained by a professional?
There is a rule in the American Saddlebred division that stipulates the 90 days (SB145.2)
but this is not applicable to the Morgan Division.
Q: If stabling with a trainer for the duration of the show, do they need to sign the
Federation Entry Form?
No. If competing in an AOTS class the rider must sign as owner, trainer and rider/driver
on the Federation entry blank. For definition of Amateur/Owner please reference MO104.9.
Q: If an AOTS class is offered in February 2012 and the horse has not been
in training since October 2011, can the horse compete in the AOTS class
Yes because they are separate competition years.
Q: May a professional trainer stable and haul our horses if competing in an AOTS class?
Yes but you will still need to be the one who signs as rider/driver, owner and trainer on the Federation entry blank.
Q: If the horse I train and intend to show is actually owned by a family member, can I still
compete in AOTS classes?
As long as that family member falls under the definition of Family specified in GR123, you may
sign as owner for a horse registered in the name of your family member.