FOSH Gaited Distance Program

Statement of Purpose

To promote FOSH Sound Principles by recording mileage of the gaited distance horses competing in veterinarian sanctioned endurance, limited distance or competitive trail events and to recognize, honor and reward the work of that horse.

The FOSH Gaited Distance Program is an international program that recognizes gaited horses. All mileage is accrued by the horse only. The FOSH Gaited Distance Program comprises three divisions with three categories recognized in each division. The parameters for the categories are independent of any ride management or rules other than those described in the FOSH Gaited Distance Program. The FOSH Gaited Distance Program includes Competitive Trail Riding, Limited Distance Riding and Endurance Riding. There will be Year End High Mileage Awards in Three Divisions – Year End Endurance High Mileage Award, Year End Limited Distance High Mileage Award, Year End Competitive Trail High Mileage Award and the Overall Year End High Mileage Award. Within each division, the categories of lightweight, heavyweight and junior will be recognized. Every horse will receive the combined total of the mileage of the three divisions for the 1,000 Mile Milestone Award.

A Competitive Trail Ride is defined as a competition in which participants cover a marked course within a given window of time; no less than 25 miles for a one-day event or 40 miles for a two-day event. The presence of a licensed veterinarian judge is required. The veterinarian will judge and monitor the equine competitors according to the sanctioning organizations parameters. Horsemanship judges may also be present, with the sole responsibility to judge the riders.

An Endurance Ride is defined as a competition sanctioned by American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC) of a distance not less than 50 miles for a one day event. The presence of a licensed veterinarian judge is required. The veterinarian will judge and monitor the equine competitors according to the sanctioning organizations parameters.

A Limited Distance Ride is defined as a competition sanctioned by AERC of a distance not less than 25 miles and not more than 35 miles for a one day event. The presence of a licensed veterinarian judge is required. The veterinarian will judge and monitor the equine competitors according to the sanctioning organizations parameters.

  • Lightweight category combined weight of rider and tack is 190 pounds or less.
  • Heavyweight category combined weight of rider and tack is 191 pounds or more.
  • Junior category Age between 10 and 17 at the beginning of the current ride year. Age is determined at the beginning of the ride year and will continue for the ride year.

REQUIREMENTS

All persons, as well as owners and riders of horses enrolled in any FOSH Gaited Distance Program, must be current FOSH members for each year miles are to be accumulated and recorded. If there are multiple owners, at least one owner must be a current member. To enroll a horse and/or individual in any distance program, an application and appropriate fees must be completed and returned to FOSH.

Credit for mileage accumulated prior to enrollment with FOSH will be given for permanent recording purposes only. These miles will not be eligible for any FOSH Gaited Distance Programs, but will become public record of achievement prior to entry.

Once enrolled in any program, each participant must maintain their own results and records on the official FOSH Annual Horse Card. All rides must be entered, including those the horse does not complete. Results become official upon receipt of the FOSH Annual Horse Card. All distance records will be maintained in the Permanent Performance Record for the horse starting in 2013.

Competitive Trail, Limited Distance and Endurance Program

A. The ride year begins January 1 and ends December 31 of the each year. Owners may choose competitive trail riding, endurance riding, limited distance riding or all three in which to earn mileage.

B. All gaited horses must be registered with a purebred recognized breed registry. A non-registered horse (grade) or a gaited horse registered in a non-gaited Registry must apply for and obtain a Permanent Honorary Registration with FOSH.  They must show evidence of gaitedness through video submission and payment of a one time fee.

C. All horses must be enrolled in the FOSH Gaited Distance Program.

D. All horses must meet minimum age requirements to qualify for FOSH awards.

1. In order to participate in endurance rides, horses must meet age requirements for endurance and limited distance competition as established by AERC guidelines.

2. In order to participate in competitive trail rides, horses must meet age requirements as established by FOSH-approved competitive trail riding organizations as listed in rule E below.

E. Rides sanctioned by the American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC), Great Lakes Distance Riding Association (GLDRA), Upper Midwest Endurance and Competitive Ride Association (UMECRA), International Arabian Horse Association (IAHA), Appaloosa Distance Riders Association (ApDRA), North American Trail Ride Conference (NATRC), Eastern Competitive Trail Ride Association (ECTRA), Southeastern Distance Riders Association (SEDRA), Dutch Endurance Riders (DER), Netherlands Noreniging Lande Afstands Ruiters (NVLR), the Swedish National Equestrian Association, Ontario Competitive Trail Riding Association (OCTRA) and Middle of the Trail Distance Riders Association (MOTDRA) are approved by FOSH. FOSH also reserves the right to approve any other distance rides it deems suitable.

F. Annual Horse Cards will be checked for accuracy with official ride results from the sanctioning organization.

Regulations for FOSH Gaited Distance Program

The FOSH Gaited Distance Program honors the horse. All mileage accrues to the horse NOT the rider.

1. The FOSH Gaited Distance Program runs from January 1 to December 31.

2. The FOSH Gaited Distance Program is for gaited horses. Non-gaited horses are not eligible to enroll.

3. Gaited but non registered horses (grade) or gaited horses registered in a purebred recognized non gaited registry must apply for FOSH Permanent Honorary Registration to be eligible for entry into this program. Such horses must show proof of gait through submission of a video. There is a one time fee of $25. (See Application for Permanent Honorary Registration of a Horse with FOSH)

4. All horses must be registered in the FOSH Gaited Distance Program. There is a one time fee of $25 for Enrollment of the horse in the FOSH GDP. (See Application for Registration of a Horse in the FOSH Gaited Distance Program)

5. The owner or leaser of the horse must be a current member of FOSH.

6. An Annual Participation fee of $15 in the FOSH Gaited Distance Program must be current for mileage to be accepted. If the rider is not a current member of FOSH, the rider has 30 days from the date of the first season ride to apply for membership in FOSH for the mileage to be accepted. If the membership is not received in 30 days, the horse will not receive any mileage until the date membership for the rider is received.

7. Horses can not be competed until the age of 48 months for distances under 30 miles and the age of 60 months for distances over 30 miles.

  1. Riders must maintain their own results and records on the official FOSH Annual Horse Card. Results may be submitted at any time to gdp@foshgaitedsporthorse.com but Results become official upon receipt of the FOSH Annual Horse Card. Screen pictures of official site records are acceptable. All distance records will be maintained in the Permanent Performance Record for the horse starting in 2013.
  • FOSH Annual Horse Card must include the FOSH competitive number indicated on the Certificate of Enrollment. FOSH Annual Horse Card must include the mileage completed.
  • FOSH Annual Horse Card must include the date of the ride.
  • All rides must be entered, including those the horse does not complete.
  • FOSH Annual Horse Card may be submitted at any time, but must be postmarked by January 31 for mileage to be recorded.
  • Any FOSH Annual Horse Card must be postmarked later than January 31 will not be recorded as eligible for the awards.
  • Copies may be submitted by:
  1. Any horse with three competition pulls in one year will be disqualified from earning any awards from FOSH for that year.

FOSH GAITED DISTANCE AWARDS

  • In order to be eligible for these awards, the horse must be enrolled in the FOSH Gaited Distance Program and must meet all program qualifications.
  • Awards winners will be contacted by FOSH.
  • Awards will be mailed to the current first-listed owner on record with FOSH as of December 31 of the year earned.
  • All awards will be announced in the March/April issue of the Sound Advocate and on the FOSH website and FOSH Press releases.

YEAR-END HIGH MILEAGE AWARDS

  • There will be recognition given annually, based on the calendar year (January 1 to December 31), to the high mileage horses in each of the three divisions in three categories – lightweight, heavyweight and junior.
  • There are minimum mileage requirements in all categories before an award will be given.
  • Mileage ties will be broken by presenting the award to the horse with the greatest number of actual rides.
  • Awards will be made in the lightweight, heavyweight, and junior category in each division. .

Year-End High Mileage Endurance Horse Award

To be presented to the horse enrolled in the FOSH Gaited Distance Program completing the highest number of miles in approved endurance rides within a ride year. A minimum of 150 miles must be completed in the competition year before the award will be given. The award will be presented in each of the lightweight, heavyweight and junior categories.

Year-End High Limited Distance Horse Award

To be presented to the horse enrolled in the FOSH Gaited Distance program completing the highest number of miles in approved limited distance rides within a ride year. A minimum of 75 miles must be competed in the competition year before the award will be given. The award will be presented in each of the lightweight, heavyweight and junior categories.

Year-End High Competitive Trail Horse Award

To be presented to the horse enrolled in the FOSH gaited Distance program completing the highest number of miles in approved competitive trail rides within a ride year. A minimum of 75 miles must be completed before the award will be given. The award will be presented in each of the lightweight, heavyweight and junior categories.

Overall Year-End High Mileage Award

To be presented to the horse enrolled in the FOSH Gaited Distance program with the combined highest total number of miles earned in approved endurance rides, approved limited distance rides, and approved competitive trail rides.

FOSH 1,000 MILE AWARD

An award will be given to horses successfully completing 1,000 Distance Miles. This award was designed to recognize those gaited horses able to reach a high level of performance in the distance field and to encourage the serious conscientious rider. There is no time limit on completing the mileage. It is awarded every 1,000 miles to horses completing mileage in approved endurance, limited distance or competitive trail rides.

A. All horses participating must be registered in the FOSH Gaited Distance program.

B. All horses competing for the 1,000 Mile Award must be owned by a current FOSH member.

C. The rider is responsible for keeping the same type of records required for all FOSH awards.

D. A photograph suitable for publishing of horses that receive FOSH 1,000 Mile Awards must be received by February 14 for use in any Yearend results publication. It is the sole responsibility of the participant to submit ride results and photographs.