Regional Awards are those earned by riders from each of AERC’s regions. Regional Points Championship standings are based in riders in each region earning the most Weight Division and Overall points (includes Seniors not placing in a weight division).
Within the Senior Division (over 16 years of age) there are 4 weight divisions:
Featherweight: combined body weight and tack is 160 lbs or below.
Lightweight: combined body weight and tack is 161 to 185 lbs.
Middleweight: combined body weight and tack is 186 to 210 lbs.
Heavyweight: combined body weight and tack is 211 lbs or higher.
Scoring: Calculated on a single horse and rider team. Each rider receives 2 sets of points; one for placement in their weight division and one for overall finish line placement. Due to each region having a varying membership count, the ranking is based on the top 5% of a region’s membership.
Some regions will have a greater number of weight division placements, while all regions will have a top 10 overall placement. Some riders will score only enough points to place top ten in the regional overall standings but fail to score enough to place within their weight division. This occurrence is reported as “Senior not placing in a weight division”. Riders placing in their weight division and/or overall will receive an award jacket.
Junior Division: A junior rider is under the age of 16 as of the first day of the AERC ride season (December 1st). A junior rider must ride in the company of a sponsor who is 21 years of age or older (see Section 10 of AERC Rule Book). Juniors receive points per mile only and are not considered for overall placements. All regions will list top 3 juniors. Each making the list at year end will be receiving an award jacket.
Regional Limited Distance Mileage Championship: The regional LD mileage awards are for those riders who have accumulated at least 200 limited distance miles on one horse for seniors (150 limited distance miles for juniors). These awards are for the top seven senior riders and top three junior riders (regardless of ties) in each region who have accumulated the minimum number of limited distance miles on one horse. The actual award will be the same given that year to the regional high point endurance riders receiving weight division awards.
Rider Mileage Championship: Top 2 seniors and 1 junior with the greatest endurance-distance mileage accrued in that season are chosen as that region’s mileage champions. A rider may ride up to 2 horses. This achievement is listed on their award jacket.
Regional Best Condition: Honoring the top 5 horses winning Best Condition throughout the season. Points are awarded on a per mile basis, not vet scores. See Section 9.4 of the AERC Rule Book for an explanation of the point system. Best Condition points are not applied toward the overall point system.
Regional Limited Distance – Best Condition: Honoring the top 5 horses winning Best Condition throughout the season in 25-35 mile rides. Points are awarded on a per mile basis, not vet scores. Best Condition points are not applied toward the overall point system.