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Points & Awards : HOTY : You Are a Champion

Earning the Title of "Champion" Doesn’t Come Easy

It not only takes countless hours of dedication and determination, it takes a special spirit. Being named one of the USEF Horse of the Year champions is an honor that will last a lifetime.

The Federation’s award program is one of the oldest nationally recognized multi-breed awards programs in the country. The national awards are celebrated during the USEF Annual Meeting Gala held each January. It is a chance for each member earning the title of national champion to come forth and be recognized by his or her peers.

Many national winners have the additional honor of having their names engraved on one of the many beautiful trophies that are a part of the Federation’s impressive collection. These awards are placed on display at the national headquarters for all visitors to see and admire. Grand champion horses in the USEF Horse of the Year program receive coolers appliquéd with their achievement, as well. Owners of national champions receive "keeper" trophies to add to their home collection. Ribbons are distributed to not only champions, but to those coming in through sixth place in the national, zone, and regional standings.

The Federation salutes the hard work of each of our champions in their respective breed or discipline. From the grassroots to the national level, the USEF is proud to celebrate every award recipient.

Join in the Fun

Winning awards is great, but you can’t forget one of the best parts of riding – spending time with your horse and all the fun! And as a member of the Federation, you are a part of a huge family of equestrians whose varied interests are truly impressive. Nowhere will you find a more diverse and proud group.

HOTY Trophy

Saddle horses display their proud march. Reining horses slide through the dust. Pony jumpers leap without fear over obstacles. A team of Morgans pull an elegant carriage.

They are all different and special, but they all share in two important common denominators – beautiful horses and a whole lot of fun. And on top of that, you can even become a champion and be honored for having fun with your favorite horse in your favorite discipline.

Getting Started

What is the first step on the road to being named one of the USEF Horse of the Year winners? Simple – the first step is getting your horse recorded.

It is as easy as filling out a Horse Application, which may be found on the Horse Services section of the USEF website here, or may be obtained at any recognized horse show or by contacting the USEF office at 859 258-2472.

The cost for life recording a horse is $35 until December 31 of the year foaled; $85 for horses one year of age; $160 for horses two years of age; and $200 for horses three years or older. The annual recording fee is $75 for the competition year. Unless these fees are paid, you cannot participate in the USEF Horse of the Year program. Once the horse is recorded, points can start accumulating toward the awards program.

To learn more about how to participate in the USEF Horse of the Year Awards Program Click Here.