Rulebook

MONTANA HUNTER JUMPER ASSOCIATION RULEBOOK 2018
TABLE OF CONTENTS
SECTION I: Individual and Horse Registration…………………………………………………………………………… 3
SECTION II: Horse Show Approval Process ……………………………………………………………………………… 4
SECTION III: Horse Show Fees………………………………………………………………………………………………… 7
SECTION IV: Conduct of Shows……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 7
SECTION V: Attire and Equipment……………………………………………………………………………………………. 9
SECTION VI: Required Divisions and Classes…………………………………………………………………………….10
Hunter Division …………………………………………………………………………………………………..11
Equitation Division………………………………………………………………………………13
Hunter Derby………………………………………………………………………………………………………15
Jumper Division …………………………………………………………………………………………………15
SECTION VIl: Drug Testing ………………………………………………………………………………………………………..18
SECTION VIll: Amateur Certification ……………………………………………………………………………………………19
SECTION IX: Year End Points……………………………………………………………………………………………………..21
SECTION X: Show Manager Information ……………………………………………………………………………………..22
SECTION XI: Annual Meeting / Awards Dinner………………………………………………………………………………22
SECTION XII: Updating of Rules………………………………………………………………………………………………….22
SECTION XIll: Management of Association …………………………………………………………………………………..23
2018 BOARD MEMBERS……………………………………………………………………………………………………………27
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ΜΟΝΤΑΝΑ ΗUΝΤΕR JUΜΡΕR ΑSSΟCΙΑΤΙΟΝ RULΕ ΒΟΟΚ 2018
The Montana Hunter Jumper Association has published this rulebook to assist all members in
participation in Hunter/Jumper shows, events, and activities. Recommendations for changes or additions
may be submitted to any current Board Member for presentation to, and voting by, the General
Membership at the Annual Membership Meeting.
The MONTANA HUNTER JUMPER ASSOCIATION is a non-profit association of horse enthusiasts. Our
purpose is to promote Hunters and Jumpers in Montana by providing:
1. Notice of dates of hunter and jumper shows;
2. Notice of educational clinics;
3. Employment opportunities;
4. Tack and horse sales;
5. Association approved shows;
6. Year-end Awards;
7. Information about hunter and jumper trainers and/or judges;
8. Set standards at approved shows to promote safety and education; and
9. Approve classes for year-end awards for varied levels of competitors.
It is the intention of this association to promote opportunities for showing over fences to riders and horses
of all levels and abilities. The association will promote H/J class standards at Montana shows, the
inclusion of diverse skill levels, and providing quality year-end awards.
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SECTION I: INDIVIDUAL AND HORSE REGISTRATION
1. Membership in the MHJA is open to anyone by completing an application form with the Association.
When the application form and membership fees are received, the Membership Secretary will send a
membership card for the current year.
2. The MHJA membership year commences on January 1st of each year. Dues become payable on that
date and memberships expire the following December 31st. All members must pay the entire annual dues
no matter when they submit their application. Applicable late fee will be assessed.
Individual Membership
Amateur, Professionals and/or Juniors; includes one horse $35.00
Family Membership
Parents and children 18 and under; maximum of three horses $55.00
Additional Horse Registration (per horse) $ 5.00
Change of Horse Ownership $5.00
Late fee (for dues submitted after April 30) $5.00
3. The family membership includes the voting member, the voting member’s spouse, all children 18 years
of age and under, and registration for up to three horses. A family membership has one vote.
4. Riders wishing to receive points at an MHJA-sponsored show must submit an application for MHJA
membership before April 30. Applications submitted after April 30″ must include a late fee. Riders who
have not joined MHJA by the date of a show, in which they wish to participate, must pay a nonmember
fee. However, riders may receive points for that show if their membership application including
membership dues and late fee is received by the MHJA Membership Secretary no later than two (2)
weeks after said show. It is the rider’s responsibility, not the show manager’s responsibility, to submit his
or her application and applicable payment to MHJA. The nonmember fee will not be credited toward
membership dues.
5. No horse or rider will be credited points until the membership form is completely filled out, signed by
the member or guardian, and all dues have been paid. It is the responsibility of the owner or leaseholder
to make sure MHJA membership requirements have been satisfied.
6. Membership forms must list the horse’s show name not the horse’s barn name. To change a horse’s
name, the Membership Secretary must be notified in writing. A five dollar ($5) reregistration fee must
accompany the written request.
7. To change the ownership or leaseholder of a horse, the Membership Secretary must be notified in
writing. The new owner or leaseholder must be a paid member of the association at the time the request
is made. A five-dollar ($5) fee must accompany the written request.
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8. Juniors are riders who have not reached their 18th birthday as of December 1st of the preceding year.
The age of an individual on December 1st will be maintained throughout the entire year.
9. Riders must declare amateur or professional status when applying for MHJA membership. Amateurs
must meet the criteria spelled out in Section VIII. Professionals wishing to be reclassified as amateurs
must apply to the MHJA Board of Directors, which will vote on whether to accept the reclassification. If a
rider’s request for reclassification is granted, the rider must wait one calendar year before showing as an
amateur.
10. A pony card with measurement by a licensed veterinarian is required for all ponies competing in
MHJA rated pony classes and the pony equitation medal class. The pony card number must be entered
on the show premium. USEF, Canadian and MHJA cards will be accepted.) If a pony card has not been
issued for the pony prior to the show date, one of the MHJA Board Members may issue a temporary card
good only for that show. MHJA Board Members will use a standard hand tape measure to measure the
pony at the show and issue a temporary card at that time. When completing your membership
application, please specify that you are registering a new pony. You will be sent a MHJA Pony Card to be
certified and signed by a licensed veterinarian.
11. With the exception of equitation classes, points will be accrued by horses, not the riders.
12. All registration fees are non-refundable.
SECTION II: HORSE SHOW APPROVAL PROCESS
1. The MHJA Board of Directors will decide the awarding of show recognition and dates.
2. All show managers must submit their MHJA Show Approval Form to the Show Coordinator or
President by March 1 of the current show year. Show Manager packets will then be sent to show
managers if not already sent.
A. The MHJA Show Approval Form may be obtained from the web page,
www.montanahunterjumper.org. A request is not considered complete until the Board has
received all of the following information:
i. Name, address, phone number and email of show manager.
ii. Name of show(s)
iii. Location of show(s)
iv. Proposed show date(s)
v. Check for $150 per show seeking approval
vi. Show Manager’s current MHJA number or membership application and dues.
3. After show managers have received their Show Managers’ packet, they must submit a copy of their
prize list(s) for all their shows in which they are seeking approval, to the Horse Show Coordinator. If the
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board approves the prize list(s) the following will result:
A. The horse show(s) will receive approval;
B. The date(s) will be guaranteed;
C. The show(s) will be added to the MHJA show schedule;
D. Mailing labels will be sent to all shows approved.
4. Once the prize list is approved, any classes and/or divisions designated MHJA may not be changed or
added or deleted without Board approval. If changes are made it could result in loss of MHJA approval for
the show(s) and the altered classes/divisions could become ineligible for year end points.
5. The Board will review and rule on all requests, then release the MHJA show schedule by April First.
6. Show managers that miss the early deadlines can still request approval by following the same process
in Section II:2. When the request is received, they will be sent a Managers’ Packet, if one has not already
been sent. Managers must then submit a copy of their prize list to the Horse Show Coordinator. Submittal
must take place at least 45 days prior to requested show date. The prize list will be reviewed and the
decision to approve will be made. When approval is given the Show Manager will receive the following:
A. date guarantee;
B. mailing labels;
C. their show will be added to the MHJA schedule on the web site.
7. Prize lists must be sent out to MHJA members at least 30 days prior to show date(s). The noted
exception to this rule occurs if a show manager is holding multiple shows during the same season, it will
not be mandatory for them to send out prize lists after the first show if the following is true:
A. The prize list is approved and on the MHJA website;
B. There are no changes in the prize list; and
C. Entry forms for all the shows are included in the first prize list.
8. It is required that the show manager (whether an individual or part of an organization) be a current
member of the association and familiar with the rules and regulations of MHJA.
9. Shows must offer a minimum of any six (6) Divisions to be eligible for approval. See Section VI for a
list of MHJA divisions.
10. Shows must set a standard in accordance with MHJA and USEF in managing their show with safety,
good sportsmanship, and complete fairness to all exhibitors. The location for the show must provide the
competitors with suitable footing, stabling and parking.
11. Shows that are double point judged must be held on only one day.
12. The show management should try to select a judge who is unbiased. A Hunter judge may officiate at
no more than two (2) approved shows per year and the shows must not be under the same management.
It is not recommended to have a judge teach a clinic prior to fulfilling his/her judging duties.
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13. Qualified Judges. A qualified judge must:
• Be a professional;
• Have a minimum of five (5) years’ experience in the Hunter/Jumper discipline;
• Have and know basic judging of Over-Fence classes, scoring of faults;
OR
• Be a rated judge (USHJA or comparable).
14. The MHJA official show season will be from March 15 through October 15. Only approved shows held
within this period will provide riders with points toward year-end awards.
15. The cost for show approval is one hundred fifty dollars ($150) to be paid by the show when the
approval form is submitted. If the results are remitted to the Board on the MHJA supplied forms and all
required show materials and fees are remitted to the MHJA within 14 days of the show, the show
management is entitled to a seventy-five dollar ($75) refund. All show refunds will be sent after the
conclusion of the show season.
16. MHJA will request that show managers put a notice in the show premium about Division Sponsorship
opportunity. A full division sponsorship is $100; a half-division sponsorship is $ 50. This money is used for
year-end awards and should be sent to the MHJA with the rest of the show remittance. The availability of
MHJA Division Sponsorships does not limit or restrict sponsorship money the show management collects
for their show.
17. MHJA show approval is rescindable. At the Board’s discretion, a show may lose its approved status if
the show is part of a summer series and the MHJA rules have not been followed at an earlier show in the
series.
18. A Steward will be required to be present at all shows. Stewards will be acting in an official show
capacity and are not allowed to ride or coach at the show.
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SECTION III: HORSE SHOW FEES
1. Horse show entry fees are not controlled by MHJA.
2. If a person sends a non-negotiable check to the MHJA that person and his/her horse will not receive
points until proper settlement is made and the MHJA is refunded for any fees or service charges. This
same ruling applies to non-negotiable checks written to MHJA at approved shows.
3. There will be a $25.00 service charge for each returned (non-negotiable) check submitted to M HJA.
4. Show management is not expected to make any refunds or transfer fees.
5. MHJA nonmember fees for horse show entries will be $20.
SECTION IV: CONDUCT OF SHOWS
1. Any person showing at an MHJA approved show is responsible for knowing and abiding by MHJA rules
and regulations.
2. At approved shows, only the classes recognized by MHJA will count toward year-end awards.
3. Fifty percent or more of the obstacles must be at least the height listed on the show premium and none
may be more than 2″ over or under the stated height.
4. Shows may allow schooling over the show fences at announced times prior to the judged classes. This
information must be provided in the show premium. Shows are encouraged to divide schooling time
between a low fence group and a high fence group.
5. All shows must offer warm-up fences outside the show arena before and during all jumping classes.
The MHJA recommends having at least three schooling fences-one cross-rail, one oxer, and one vertical.
Placement of the schooling fences should allow them to be jumped individually. Schooling fences should
be flagged for safety. (Red on the right; white on the left.)
6. USEF Rules will be used as a guideline. In case of conflict between USEF and MHJA Rules, MHJA
Rules will prevail.
7. Show Premiums must designate MHJA approved classes and provide MHJA membership information.
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8. All MHJA shows must offer membership applications throughout the show (according to Section I).
These applications should be located where the Show Secretary is accepting entries and assigning
numbers.
9. All MHJA show must have MHJA complaint forms available throughout the show. These forms should
be located where the Show Secretary is accepting entries and assigning numbers. Any member is
allowed to fill out a complaint form concerning a member, a non-member or show management. While the
MHJA does not charge a fee for submitting a complaint, the member MUST sign the complaint form.
Complaints will be reviewed by the entire Board of Directors and, if necessary, corrective action taken.
10. MHJA reserves the right to do drug testing at any MHJA member show. At an unannounced show,
the attending vet will determine the collection process and test random horses. For further information on
Drug Testing, please see Section VII.
11. Cruelty or abuse to a horse by any person at any MHJA show is forbidden. The show management,
the Judge, or any Board Member of the MHJA may bar the violator from further participation at the show,
and/or cancel that person’s membership in the MHJA. The Association considers it cruel to exhaust a
horse as demonstrated by a horse exhibiting sourness, tail switching, profuse sweating, refusing to jump,
and other signs of exhaustion. The Association shall consider the weather conditions and the horse’s
physical fitness in its decision. Action and penalties are at the full discretion of the MHJA Board of
Directors.
12. Any MHJA show failing to follow the rules of MHJA or to contribute to a safe and satisfactory
experience to all exhibitors will be subject to loss of recognition.
13. MHJA requires shows to mandate that all riders wear approved ANSI-approved protective headgear
with attached harness at all times when mounted on the show grounds. It is the responsibility of adult
riders and parents/legal guardians of children to examine the various styles/designs available and make
an informed selection of their protective headgear.
14. Jumping order must be posted in a conspicuous place at least one half hour before the class. The
jumping order must be legible to a mounted rider. If a jumping order is used throughout the section, a
systematic rotation of the starting list must be employed so that a complete cycle is made during the
competition.
15. After the gate person has called a rider to the ring, a rider has two (2) minutes to enter the ring before
elimination. Management may permit a rider to compete out of order to minimize delays and in case of
class conflicts.
16. Horse show managers may not compete for points in any MHJA rated Hunter divisions at the specific
horse show for which they are manager. They may compete for points in MHJA rated Jumper divisions at
the specific horse show they are managing.
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17. All MHJA approved shows must have a qualified EMT on site for the duration of the show.
18. A horse may be entered in, and compete for ribbons in, a maximum of six (6) over fences classes.
Additional rounds, including warm-up classes, may be ridden but not judged.
SECTION V: ATTIRE AND EOUIPMENT
1. All riders are required to wear: (1) ANSI-approved protective headgear with attached harness; and (2)
riding boots (i.e. knee length English-style boots, jodhpur boots or paddock boots).
2. Hair should be neat and worn so the competitor’s number shows at all times.
3. English saddles are required.
4. No mounted exhibitor may wear or carry an electronic communication device (i.e., cell phone, pager,
walkie talkie, etc.) while in the competition ring. The penalty for violating this rule if observed by the judge
may be elimination from the class during which the device was worn or carried. (Exception: a
handicapped participant may use electronic devices subject to prior approval by show management.)
5. HUNTER ATTIRE:
A. Clothing should be neat and conservative in color. When possible, entrants are encouraged to
show in proper riding attire: boots, breeches, and riding coat in addition to a hard hat with
harness. Ladies usually wear a rat-catcher shirt with choker or stock tie. Gentlemen wear a
collared shirt and tie or stock tie.
B. Regulation snaffles, pelhams and full bridles, all with cavesson nosebands are recommended.
Flashes, dropped nosebands and figure eight (8) nosebands are prohibited.
C. A judge may penalize for non-conventional types of bits or nosebands.
D. Martingales are not permitted in Equitation on the flat, Hunter Hack, or under saddle classes
according to the USEF rules.
E. Use of boots and bandages on a horse are prohibited in all Hunter classes. Exceptions may be
made at the discretion of the show management when weather and footing conditions dictate.
F. Horses should be clean and neat. Braiding is encouraged but optional.
G. A shaped white saddle pad is recommended.
H. A judge may penalize for non-traditional attire.
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6. JUMPER ATTHRE:
A. Riders are encouraged to wear regulation attire. However, long, short or sleeveless shirts are
acceptable if the shirt has a collar.
B. Boots and bandages are allowed.
7. EOUITATION ATTIRE:
A. Entries in these classes are being judged on the rider’s ability rather than personal attire.
B. Riders are encouraged to wear conservative colored riding coats, breeches or jodhpurs, boots
and helmets.
C. Spurs, crops, or bats are optional. Regulation snaffles, pelhams and full bridles, all with
cavesson nosebands are recommended.
D. Flashes, dropped nosebands and figure eight (8) nosebands are prohibited.
E. A judge at his or her discretion may choose to penalize a horse with non-conventional bits, or
nosebands.
F. Martingales are permitted in classes over obstacles and in the jumping phase of classes
requiring both jumping and flat work. They are prohibited on the flat in any class or phase.
G. Boots or conservative colored bandages on horses are permitted.
SECTION VI: REQUIRED DIVISIONS AND CLASSES
1. The members will review the list of approved divisions annually at the awards banquet. Any division
changes/revisions will be in effect for two years.
2. Each MHJA division must be offered at a minimum of two shows during the season in order for the
division to qualify for a year-end award.
3. Shows have the option of choosing a minimum of 6 Divisions from the Hunter Divisions, Jumper
Divisions, or Equitation Divisions for MHJA approval. (Please see Section VI:12:A for Hunter Derby
divisions).
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4. If show managers offer an MHJA-approved class on their premiums, they must run that class if there
are any entrants for that class, unless management and all entrants agree the class may be cancelled
because of a very small number of entrants.
5. If there are more than fifteen entrants in Under Saddle classes, it is requested that the judge split the
group into two working sections. One set of ribbons and points will be awarded.
6. Shows may offer any other classes in addition to the MHJA approved classes.
7. Show Managers must send out to each MHJA member a premium stating which classes and Divisions
will be offered, date and time of the show and an entry form. Officiating Judges must be identified in the
Premium. This mailing must be postmarked at least 4 weeks before the show date.
8. Show Managers holding multiple shows during a show season must send out separate mailings for
each show. It is not acceptable to send one mailing with multiple dates, unless this in found in compliance
with Section 2.7. Mailing labels will be provided by the MHJA.
9. Consecutive days of a show shall constitute only one show, regardless of how many sections or
classes of a division are offered. Multiple championships may be awarded, but for year-end award
purposes, this will count as only one show.
10. HUNTER DIVISIONS A Hunter division consists of at least two Hunter Over Fences classes at the
same height and one Hunter Under Saddle class. For both Show Awards and Year-End Association
Awards, champions will be determined by the following: The top four horses in all Over Fences classes
combined will receive Under Saddle points. The horse with the most points is Champion. The horse with
the second highest total of points is Reserve Champion. In case of a tie score, the champion and/or
reserve champion is awarded to the horse with the higher point total over fences.
A. The classes are run over a course of at least eight fences. Possible obstacles include verticals,
oxers and in-and-outs. The fences should resemble those found in the hunt field. Hunter fences
are generally composed of rails, gates, pickets, coops, brush boxes, and roll tops. Hunter fences
are generally natural wood, brown, white, or green in color. These courses should not have
spooky fences or difficult turns. Hunter courses test the quality of the horse over the jump rather
than the boldness or difficulty of the course.
B. The suggested striding on courses with jumps 2’9″ to 3′ is based on a 12′ stride.
C. The suggested striding on courses with jumps 2’6″ and under is SHORTEN the line by
one foot to one and a half feet depending on if the line is coming or going from the in gate.
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D. The suggested striding on courses with jumps 3’3″ to 3’6″ is LENGTHEN the line by one foot to
one and a half feet depending on if the line is coming or going from the in gate.
E. Fifty percent or more of the obstacles must be at least the height listed on the show premium
and of those, none may be more than 2″ over or under the maximum stated height. A 3′ class
means the maximum height of any obstacle on the course is 3’2″.
F. Hunter classes with fences at 2’3″ or lower may NOT include the use of oxers, in-and-outs, or
solid fences.
G. MHJA Approved Hunter Classes:
i. Hunter Warm-Up: To be judged and awarded ribbons, but no points. This class does
not have to be judged by a certified judge. A horse/rider combination may only ride one
round during Warm-Up class. Low Warm-Up: 2′-2’3″ High Warm-Up: Up to 2’9″
ii. 18″ Hunter Division: This division will consist of Walk/Trot under saddle and classes
of Walk/Trot over 18″ fences with cantering optional. This division is restricted to
horse/rider combinations that do not compete in classes with fence heights above 2’3″ in
any Hunter or Jumper divisions at that show.
iii. Short Stirrup Hunter Division: This division is restricted to junior riders where the
Horse/rider combination does not compete in classes over fences above 2’3″ in the
Hunter or Jumper divisions at that show. The Division will be run with a walk-trot-canter
Hunter under saddle class, one traditional hunter over fences class, and one equitation
over fences. Trotting is not penalized in the over fences portion of the division.
iv. Long Stirrup Hunter Division: This division is restricted to adult amateur riders
where the horse/rider combination does not compete in classes over fences above 2’3 in
the Hunter or Jumper divisions at that show. The Division will be run with a walk-trotcanter
Hunter under saddle class, one traditional hunter over fences class, and one
equitation over fences. Trotting is not penalized in the over fences portion of the division.
v. 2’3″ Pony Hunter Division: This division is restricted to ponies (14.2 hands and
under) and is open to all pony riders, subject to suitability, pony to rider, as determined by
the judge’s discretion. Exhibitors in the Pony Divisions must submit a pony card when
entering their ponies. (USEF, Canadian or MHJA cards will be accepted)
vi. Green Hunter Division (Horse and Pony): This division is restricted to ponies and
horses in their first or second year of showing over fences. The maximum height is 2’3″.
Ponies and horses will be judged together as one class. Ponies and horses that have not
shown above 2’3″ in their first year of showing are still eligible to compete in the Green
Hunter division in their second year of showing.
vii. 2’3 Open Hunter: Horse/Rider combinations are restricted to jumping no higher than
2’6 at the same show.
viii. 2’6″ Junior/Adult Amateur Working Hunter: This division is restricted to junior and
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amateur riders. Horse/rider combinations that are entered in this class are limited to
jumping no higher than 2’9″ at the same show.
ix. 2’6″ Open Working Hunter Division: This division has no restrictions.
x. 2’9″ Children’s/Adult Amateur Working Hunter: This division is restricted to Junior
and Adult Amateur riders. It can be separated into juniors and adult amateurs when
placing the class if there are at least 3 completed rounds in each. USHJA Members can
acquire National points if the horse show fulfills the rest of the requirements for a “C”
rating.
xi. 2’9″ Open Working Hunter: This division has no restrictions.
xii. 2’9” Thoroughbred Open Working Hunter. This division adheres to the rules
governing the USEF Thoroughbred Hunter Section Rules (listed below).
HU106.8. Thoroughbred Hunter
a. Thoroughbred restricted classes are open only to horses that are, registered with
USHJA and are in possession of Breed Registry papers. Horses must have been either
registered with The Jockey Club or meet one of the criteria below. All horse shows must
require riders to verify registration on the day of the horse show through one of the
following methods:
1. The Jockey Club Certificate of Foal Registration or a copy thereof
2. The horse’s lip tattoo, the horse’s 5-cross pedigree and the successful tattoo lookup
result from The Jockey Club’s Tattoo Identification Services, (located at www.
registry.jockeyclub.com)
3. If neither of the above is available, a letter from The Jockey Club verifying the horse’s
identity.
xiii. 3’0 Open Working Hunter Division: This division has no restrictions
xiv. 3’3″Junior/Amateur Owner Working Hunter Division: This Division is restricted to
Junior riders and Adult Owner riders. Classes can be separated into Junior riders and
Amateur Owner riders when placing the class if there are at least 3 completed rounds in
each. Horse/rider combinations that are entered in this class are limited to jumping no
higher than 3’6″ at the same show.
a. USHJA members can acquire National points if the horse show fulfills the rest
of the requirements for a “C” rating.
xv. 3’3 Open Working Hunter Division: This division has no restrictions
xvi. 3’6″ Open Working Hunter Division: This Division has no restrictions.
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11. EQUITATION DIVISIONS These divisions will consist of one class on the flat, one class over fences
and one medal class. These classes will be judged on the rider’s hands, seat and control of mount over
fences and/or on the flat. They will be placed to eight (8) places. The points to be awarded in these
classes are as follows:
First – 10 points, Second – 8 points, Third – 6 points, Fourth – 5 points, Fifth – 4 points, Sixth – 3 points,
Seventh – 2 points, Eighth- 1 point.
A. The fence heights for the Open Equitation will be 3’0″. The fence heights for the
Junior/Amateur Equitation Silver Division will be 2’6″. The fence heights for the Junior/Amateur
Bronze Division will be 2’3″. Junior/Amateur Bronze equitation classes are open to all horse and
pony riders.
B. The Equitation Medal Class will be judged with the same specifications as the over fence
class. After all horses have completed the course, the top four riders will be brought back to work
on the flat and over fences with special tests given at the judge’s discretion. Five dollars ($5) of
each rider’s entry fee will go to the MHJA for the Medal Finals.
C. At the final show of the year, the top six riders earning points in Medal classes at one or more
shows are eligible to ride in the Medal Finals. Five dollars ($5) of the entry fee for the Medal
Finals class will go to the MHJA. The rider must use the same horse during all phases of the
Medal Finals Class.
D. All riders who have qualified for the Equitation Medal Finals Ride Off shall compete over two
courses of 8 to 10 fences with at least two changes in direction. The fences in the Open
Equitation Medal Finals will be 3’0″ in height and 2’9 to 3’3″ in width. The fences in the
Junior/Adult Amateur Equitation Medal Finals will be 2’6″ in height and 2’3″ to 2’9″ in width. The
fences in the Pony Medal Finals Class will be 2’3″ in height and 2’0″ to 2’3″ in width. The order of
go in Round One will be drawn and this round will count for 50% of the rider’s score. The order of
go for Round Two will be the reverse of Round One and will count for 50%.
E. After the completion of Round Two, riders may be asked to perform additional tests at the
discretion of the judge. The work-off score will be added to each rider’s total. Awards and the
ribbons will be awarded through 8th place. MHJA Approved Equitation Classes:
F. Open Hunt Seat Equitation Division
i. Hunt Seat Equitation on the Flat
ii. Hunt Seat Equitation over Fences 3’0″
iii. Hunt Seat Equitation Medal Class 3’0″
G. 2’6 Junior/Adult Amateur Silver Equitation open to horses and ponies ridden by juniors and
adult amateurs only. Division includes the following:
i. Hunt Seat Equitation on the Flat
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ii. Hunt Seat Equitation over fences, fence height 2’6″.
iii. USHJA 2’6″ Hunt Seat Equitation Bronze Medal class
a. riders with USHJA affiliate membership or higher may earn points toward a
national award. Nonmembers may enter but will not accrue national points.
b. riders may not enter any other USHJA Equitation Medal Class at the same
show
H. 2’3″Junior/Adult Amateur Bronze Equitation open to horses and ponies ridden by juniors
and adult amateurs only. Division includes the following:
i. Hunt Seat Equitation on the flat
ii. Hunt Seat Equitation over fences, fence height 2’3.
iii. USHJA 2’3 Hunt Seat Equitation Bronze Medal class
a. riders with USHJA affiliate membership or higher may earn points
toward a national award. Nonmembers may enter but will not accrue
national points.
b. riders may not enter any other USHJA Equitation Medal Class at the
same show
12. HUNTER DERBY
A. Individual Height classes may be counted as divisions for meeting the six required divisions
rule for an MHJA approved show.
B. A horse may go in different heights and will receive points in whichever derby class they had
the highest placing in at that show. There will be only one year end award for the horse with the
highest point total at the end of the year.
C. The 12 highest-scoring horse-and-rider combinations after the first round are eligible to return
for the second round. The pair with the highest two-round score is declared the class winner. For
more information, reference the USHJA website or contact a Board member or a horse show
secretary.
13. JUMPER DIVISIONS
A. Jumper Divisions consist of two or more classes of the same title at the same height.
Competitors will earn points in each approved class; however, a division champion will only be
awarded at shows that offer more than one class per specified division.
i. These classes are run over a course of eight to ten fences. Obstacles may include
verticals, oxers, and combinations. Jumper fences are generally composed of rails,
gates, panels, walls and rolltops. Jumper courses generally have brightly colored fences
and may use flowers, decorations, and painted rails and panels.
ii. The suggested striding between jumps on courses with jump heights .85m.90m is
based on a 12 foot
iii. The suggested striding between jumps on courses with jump heights .75m or lower is
SHORTEN the line by one foot to one and a half feet depending on if the line is coming or
going from the in gate. Courses .80m or lower, shall not contain one (1) stride
combinations.
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iv. The suggested striding between jumps in courses with jump heights 1.00m and 1.10m
is LENGTHEN the line by one foot to one and a half feet depending on if the line is
coming or going from the in gate.
v. For classes over .85m in height, managers are encouraged to include longer and
shorter distances.
vi. All MHJA approved jumper classes .75m and under must be run as Table IV (optimum
time) with a maximum of 12 jumps.
vii. Fifty percent or more of the obstacles must be at least the height listed on the show
premium and, of those, none may be more than 2″ over or under the maximum stated
height. A 3′ class means the maximum height of any obstacle on the course is 3’2″.
vii. Classes should state the time allowed as determined by the course length.
ix. Time allowed may be adjusted at the sole discretion of the judge if he or she feels it is
inaccurate, but only after consultation with the course designer. However, the time
allowed may be adjusted only once during the early rounds of a given competition, and
never later than after the 3 competitor to complete the course without a disobedience.
The time allowed can never be lowered so that time faults will be awarded to any
previous competitor that has completed the course without disobedience.
x. Electric timers may be used in conjunction with the flag person to mark the start and
finish of the jump-off time.
xi. All jump-offs must have at least one change in direction.
xii. If a manual timer is used, management must provide 2 persons, other than the judge,
who will jointly act as timers. Management must furnish each of them with a modern stop
watch with a time out feature reading at least in hundredths of a second.
xiii. lf an automatic timer is used, management must provide one person to time
manually, other than the judge. Management must furnish the manual timer with a
modern stopwatch with a time out feature reading at least in hundredths of a second.
xiv. Scoring can be done per the following tables:
Table I: Time First Round. The first round is decided by adding together the faults
incurred over the course and any penalties for exceeding the time allowed.
Table II, Sec 2(a): Time First Jump-Off. The first round and first jump-off are decided by
adding together the faults incurred over the course and any penalties for exceeding the
time allowed. In the event of equality of faults after the first round, there will be one jumpoff
for first place only in which time will decide in the event of equality of faults.
Table II, Sec.2(b): Time First Jump-Off. The first round and first jump-off are decided by
adding together the faults incurred over the course and any penalties for exceeding the
time allowed. If a competitor has gone clean in the first round, the competitor will, without
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leaving the ring upon an audible signal, commence the designated jump-off course.
Table II, Sec. 2(c): Two Phase Competition. The first phase, to consist of 8-10 jumping
efforts, and the second phase (immediate jump-off) of 5-7 jumping efforts. Scores are
decided by adding together the faults incurred over the course and any penalties for
exceeding the time allowed. If a competitor has gone clean in the first round, he will, upon
crossing the finish line, commence the designated jump-off course. Time starts as the
horse crosses the finish line for the initial course. If there are no clean rounds and a tie
exists for first place, there will be one jump-off, in which time will decide in the event of
equality of faults.
Table III: Faults Converted into Seconds. Faults incurred when jumping an obstacle,
for knocking down a boundary flag, for putting one or more feet in the water or on the
marking lath are penalized by adding four seconds for each occurrence. A time limit of
120 seconds will be automatically applied (180 seconds for courses over 66m). Seconds
added due to jumping faults do not count towards the 120 or 180 second time limit
determination. The first disobedience is penalized automatically by the extra time taken.
Second disobedience results in elimination.
Table IV-Optimum Time. Classes are scored on faults under Table II, however, all ties
are broken on the basis of Optimum Time (defined as 4 seconds less than the Time
Allowed for course). Optimum Time will be posted on the course plan. The horse with the
time on course closest to this Optimum Time (over or under) will prevail in the tie
Table IV, Sec. 1: Time First Round. The first round is decided by adding together the
faults incurred over the course and any penalties for exceeding the time allowed. In the
case of equality of faults ties will be broken on the basis of Optimum Time.
Table IV, Sec 2(a): Time First Jump-Off. The first round and first jump-off are decided
by adding together the faults incurred over the course and any penalties for exceeding
the time allowed. In the case of equality of faults, ties will be broken on the basis of
Optimum Time.
Table IV, Sec.2(b): Time First Jump-Off. The first round and first jump-off are decided
by adding together the faults incurred over the course and any penalties for exceeding
the time allowed. If a competitor has gone clean in the first round, the competitor will,
without leaving the ring upon an audible signal, commence the designated jump-off
course. In the case of equality of faults in the jump-off, ties will be broken on the basis of
Optimum Time.
Table IV, Sec. 2(c): The first round and first jump-off are decided by adding together the
faults incurred over the course and any penalties for exceeding the time allowed. If a
competitor has gone clean in the first round, he/she will, upon crossing the finish line,
commence the designated jump-off course. The time will start as the horse crosses the
finish line for the initial course. In the case of equality of faults in the jump-off ties will be
broken on the basis of Optimum Time.
xv. The following fence dimensions are approximate equivalents in Metric and English
units per USHJA:
Meters to Feet
0.70 2’3
0.75 2’5
0.80 2’7
0.85 2’9
0.90 2’11
0.95 3’1
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1.00 3’3
1.05 3’5
1.10 3’7
1.15 3’9
1.20 3’11
1.25 4’1
B. MHJA Approved Jumper Classes
i. 0.7)m-0.75 Pony Jumper Division -This division is restricted to ponies (14.2 hands and
under) and is limited to junior riders. Exhibitors in the Pony Divisions must submit a pony
card when entering their ponies. (USEF, Canadian or MHJA cards will be accepted)
ii. 0.70m Jumper Division
iii. 0.80m Jumper Division
iv. 0.85m Jumper Division -Level 0
v. 0.90m Children’s/Adult Amateur Jumper Division- This class is restricted to junior and
amateur riders. Horses that are nominated with USHJA can accrue National points if
riders are USHJA members and the show is rated USEF “C” or higher.
vi. 0.90m Jumper Division -Level I
vii. 1.00m Jumper Division -Level II
viii. 1.0m Thoroughbred Jumper Division. Thoroughbred only class adhering to the rules
governing the USEF Thoroughbred Jumper Section rules (as follows). JP120
Thoroughbred Jumper:
a. Thoroughbred restricted classes are open only to horses that are registered
with USHJA and are in possession of Breed Registry papers. Horses must have
been either registered with The Jockey Club or meet the criteria below. All horse
shows must require riders to verify registration on the day of the horse show
through one of the following methods:
1. The Jockey Club Certificate of Foal Registration or a copy thereof.
2. The horse’s lip tattoo, the horse’s 5-cross pedigree and the successful
tattoo lookup result from The Jockey Club’s Tattoo Identification
Services, (located at www.registry.jockeyclub.com).
3. If neither of the above is available, a letter from The Jockey Club
verifying the horse’s identity.
ix. 1.05 Jumper Division
x. 1.10m Jumper Division -Level III
xi. 1.20m Montana Hunter Jumper Association Grand Prix. This class will be run
TableII.2.a.
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SECTION VII: DRUG TESTING
1. The MHJA Drug Program is modeled after the USEF program. See also Section I: Conduct of Shows.
The following disclosure is presented to each rider whose horse is selected for testing:
“As part of the ongoing efforts to improve the Montana Hunter/Jumper Association and align itself
with the USHJA’s rules and regulations, the membership of MHJA voted to initiate a random policy of
drug testing at the MHJA approved shows. Monies are collected at each show with the goal of
financing the random testing of horses.
Your horse has been selected to be tested for any forbidden substances or drug levels higher than
the maximum allowed by USEF standards. A listing of foreign substances and maximum levels of
allowed substances is available from the USEF.
The attending vet will determine the collection process/a urine sample or a blood sample. If your
horse tests positive, the following procedures will occur:
1. Appeal the test and decisions through the Board of Directors.
2. The Board of Directors will have the right to either accept the appeal or reject the appeal based
upon the laboratory report of the test.
3. The horse that has been positively tested will not receive any points for class placement at the
show where the drug testing occurred.
4. Repeated violations will be subject to a monetary fine.
You have the right to decline consent to the random test. The consequence of denying the test will be
the same as above.
The horse owner must fill out the information below prior to testing:
Name: Phone #:
Address:
Horse Name: Trainer:
By signing below the horse owner consents to the random drug testing as administered by the
attending veterinarian and the MHJA Board of Directors:
Signature of Attending Veterinarian: Date:”
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SΕCΤΙΟΝ VΙΙΙ: ΑΜΑΤΕUR CERTIFICATION
1. “The MHJA has developed guidelines to ensure the members of the association are following the same
rules as the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF). Every person who has reached his/her 18th
birthday and competes in classes for amateur riders must possess a current amateur certification issued
by the MHJA. Upon certification, an amateur continues to be such until he/she has notified the MJHA
Board of Directors in writing of a change from amateur to professional status. A professional continues to
be such until he/she has received amateur status by a vote of the MHJA Board of Directors and then
must wait one calendar year until he/she may show as an amateur. See also Section 1:9
An amateur is defined as anyone who is NOT engaged in the following activities:
i. Accepts remuneration for riding, training, schooling, or conducting clinics or Seminars.
ii. Accepts remuneration for giving instructions in any form of equitation (whether Western
or English) or horse training.
iii. Gives instruction, rides, trains, or schools horses, other than those horses actually
owned or leased by him/her, when his/her employer or a family member of his/her
employer owns, boards or trains said horse.
iv. Accepts remuneration for the use of his/her name, photograph, or other personal form
of association as a horseman in connection with any advertisement or article to be sold.
v. Accepts prize money in equitation or showmanship class.
vi. Rides or shows a horse, for which he/she or a member of the family receives
remuneration for boarding, training, riding, or showing.
vii. Gives instruction to any person, or rides or shows any horse for which activity another
person in his/her family will receive remuneration.
lf any MHJA member has questions about whether a specific activity would negate their amateur status, it
is the member’s obligation to contact a member of the MHJA Board to discuss the issue.
The undersigned certifies that he/she has read and understands the above amateur rule and is eligible for
amateur status under the above conditions. The undersigned confirms that he/she has NOT engaged in
any activity cited in the amateur rules that would make him/her a professional.
If an MHJA member protests another member’s amateur status, and it is determined by the MHJA Board
of Directors that the individual under protest has signed this certification but does not qualify as an
amateur according to the above rules, the violating member will be subject to a fifty dollar ($50) fine and
points accumulated as an amateur will be forfeited for that show year.
Signature: Date:”
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SΕCΤΙΟΝ ΙΧ: ΥΕΑR-ΕΝD ΡΟΙΝΤS
1. The following rules for Rider Points and Horse Points mirror the rules established by the
USEF:
A. Equitation points may only be earned by MHJA members in good standing.
B. Points will not begin to be credited until the owner is a current member and the
horse is officially nominated.
C. A member may ride a non-nominated horse. No points will be accrued except for
Equitation points.
D. A non-member must pay a non-member fee to show. This applies to non-members riding
nominated and non-nominated horses.
2. Members are required to register for all shows with the name listed on their MHJA card. This rule
applies to both the horse’s name and the rider’s name. For rules on name changes, please See Section I.
3. The point keeper will maintain the point records of the association and will compute the results of the
show year. The point keeper will keep the point book current. Current standings will be available to the
members at certain times during the show season. Final results will be announced at the awards banquet.
4. Each MHJA division must be offered at a minimum of two (2) MHJA recognized shows during the
season in order for the division to qualify for a year end award.
5. Computation of points:
A. The computation of points mirrors the USHJA point system as follow:
1st place = 10 points
2nd place = 6 points
3rd place = 4 points
4th place = 2 points
5th place = 1 point
6th place = .5 points
B. In addition to these points, each placing will receive 1 point per entry in the class, including
those entries that are disqualified.
C. All ties will be resolved in favor of the greater number of first place awards.
D. For information on Equitation Points, see Equitation Division specifications.
E. The point keeper will notify all annual award winners prior to the date of the awards banquet.
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F. Year-End under saddle points in hunter divisions and equitation divisions will count only for the
four (4) top scoring horses in over fences for each division.
G. Any MHJA member may inspect the point book after the awards banquet at a convenient time
for the point keeper.
H. Consecutive days of a show shall constitute only one show, regardless of how many sections
or classes of a division are offered. Multiple championships may be awarded, but for year-end
award purposes, this will count as only one show.
I. The winner of the perpetual trophy is responsible to return the trophy to a board member by the
end of September. If the trophy is damaged or lost the recipient is responsible for replacing the
trophy.
SΕCΤΙΟΝ Χ: SΗΟ\Λ/ ΜΑΝΑGΕR ΙΝFΟRΜΑΤΙΟΝ ** Please see Section II and Section IV.**
1. Show Managers will receive a comprehensive packet, which should be read thoroughly. Show
Managers
are responsible for knowing any and all rule changes for the current year.
SECTION XI: ANNUAL MEETING/AWARDS DINNER
1. Each year following the last MHJA approved show; the Board will schedule an annual meeting/awards
dinner. Notification of this event will be mailed to each member.
A. Annual awards will be presented to four places in MHJA approved divisions, if the division
has filled at two or more shows that meet the requirements set by MHJA.
B. Special awards as may be defined and directed by the MHJA Board.
C. The Annual Meeting shall be held to discuss and vote on issues pertinent to the operation and
direction of the MHJA. (This may include but is not limited to rule changes, director elections,
committee reports, fees, horse show standards, penalty assessment, etc.)
D. Individual members have one (1) vote; family memberships have one (1) vote.
E. Voting may be accomplished by mailing a ballot to all members in good standing prior, during,
or after the annual meeting. Members will have two weeks to return their ballot.
F. The banquet will be held on the first Saturday of November
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SECTION XII: UPDATING OF RULES
1. This rulebook may be updated by the Membership during the Annual Meeting. All suggested changes
must be presented in writing to a member of the Board. The members present may vote on changes
at the Annual Meeting. Rule changes may be made on an annual basis if necessary; however, any
individual rule change must remain in place for a minimum duration of two (2) years.
BYLAWS
SΕCΤΙΟΝ ΧΙΙΙ: ΜΑΝΑGΕΜΕΝΤ ΟΡ ΑSSΟCΙΑΤΙΟΝ
1. BOARD OF DIRECTORS
A. A board, of a minimum of five (5) directors shall manage the affairs of this organization. To be
eligible for the Board, a person must have been a voting member for at least one year in the
preceding five (5) years. . Directors shall hold offices for a term of two years and until their
successors are elected and qualified.
B. Special meetings of the directors may be called by the president, the secretary, or by any
director. It shall be the responsibility of the secretary to notify directors of the time, place, and
purposes of any special meeting of directors so that sufficient notice is given. Any meeting at
which three directors are present shall be legal for the transaction of business. Three directors
shall constitute a quorum of the board.
C. Vacancies on the board shall be filled at each annual meeting for two-year terms. The
immediate past president shall automatically be an ex-officio member of the board of directors for
the two-year period immediately following his/her term as president. As an ex officio member of
the board, the past president shall not have voting rights, unless he or she continues to serve as
an elected member of the board.
D. The election of directors by the members shall be by voting; that is; each member shall have
the right to vote in person or by written proxy, one vote per membership. The candidates
receiving the highest number of votes shall be the ones elected.
E. The Board of Directors shall not take out a credit card or debit card in the name of MHJA
without an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the total membership.
F. MHJA will cover the cost of liability insurance for board members as long as the cost is not
over $1000/year
2. MEETINGS OF THE MEMBERS
A. The annual meeting of the members of this corporation shall be held in the fall or winter of
each year in the state of Montana at such time and place as may be determined by the board of
directors. Ten percent of the membership of the association shall constitute a quorum.
B. Notices of all membership meetings, regular and special, stating the time and place and the
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object for which such meetings are called, shall be given by the secretary or by the president of
the corporation in the Newsletter, not less than fourteen days prior to the date of the meeting.
C. The president, and or 3 Board members may call for special meeting of the members. It shall
be the responsibility of the secretary of the association to send notice of special meetings.
3. OFFICERS
A. The officers of this corporation shall be a President, Vice-president(s), Membership Secretary,
Director of Horse Shows, and Treasurer. The members of the Board of Directors shall determine
these offices. Officers shall serve a term of two years and until their successors are elected and
qualified.
B. The board of directors, at its discretion, may create the offices of executive secretary, one or
more additional vice presidents, one or more assistant secretaries, one or more assistant
treasurers, and such other officers and appointees as the board deems advisable, and prescribe
the duties thereof. The board of directors shall elect such officers and appointees. In the event of
the absence or inability of any officer to act, the board of directors may select an officer pro tem to
serve during the absence or inability of the elected officer to serve.
C. The President of this corporation shall preside at all meetings of members and all meetings of
directors. Subject to the control of the Board of Directors, the President shall have general charge
and care of the business and property of the corporation. The President, together with an
additional Board Member, shall sign all contracts and agreements of this corporation. The
President shall perform all acts and have such powers as are normal incidental to the office of the
President and the Chief Executive Officer.
D. The Vice-President shall be vested with all the powers and perform all duties of the President
in the absence of the President and shall perform such other duties and have such powers as
may be assigned by the Board of Directors.
E. The Secretary shall keep accurate records of all meetings of the members and of the Board of
Directors and shall perform all duties commonly incidental to the office, as well as those
designated by the Board of Directors. In the absence of the Secretary, an assistant secretary or
secretary pro tem shall perform the duties of the secretary.
F. The Treasurer shall keep accurate records of the receipts and disbursements of all funds of
this Corporation in books and records belonging to this association, and shall deposit all funds
and other valuable effects in the names of and to the credit of this association in such
depositories as may be designated by the directors. Additional duties and responsibilities may be
added to any officer or director as is deemed necessary by the presiding Board of Directors for
that year.
4. REMOVAL OF THE OFFICERS OR DIRECTORS
A. Any member, director, or officer of this association may resign at any time by giving written
notice of his/her resignation to the Board of Directors or the President. The Board of Directors
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shall elect the successor of any director or officer who dies or resigns, such successor to serve
until the next election of directors or officers.
B. In the event a board member does not perform his/her duties, they may be asked to resign by
the majority of the board and replaced according to MHJA guidelines.
C. The membership at any meeting called for that purpose, by vote of the majority of those
present, may remove any director or officer or appointee of this corporation and elect or appoint
his/her successor.
5. ΕΜΡLΟΥΕΕSΑΝD CΟΜΡΕΝSΑΤΙΟΝ
A. The officers and directors of this corporation shall receive no compensation for their services in
those capacities. No person who is an officer or director of this corporation shall be reimbursed
for expenses incurred on behalf of this association unless such expenditures are authorized by
the Board of Directors.
B. No part of the net earnings of this association shall inure to the benefit of or be distributable to
its members, directors, officers, or other person, except that the association shall be authorized
and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered to make payments and
distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth.
C. No Substantial part of the activities of the association shall be the carrying on of propaganda,
or otherwise attempting, to influence legislation, and the association shall not participate in, or
intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statement) any political campaign on behalf
of any candidates for public office. Not-withstanding any other provision of these bylaws, the
association shall not carry on any other activities which are prescribed for associations exempt for
federal income taxes under section 501 (c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (or the
corresponding provision of any future Internal Revenue Code) or which are proscribed for
associations to which contributions are deductible under section 170sc) (2) of the Internal
Revenue Code.
6. AUDIT COMMITTEE
A. The President of MHJA shall appoint an audit committee early in each calendar year.
However, once appointed, the audit committee shall conduct its work independently of the
President or any other MHJA Board Member.
B. The committee shall consist of three (3) MHJA members in good standing, with one person to
rotate off the committee each year. No individual may serve as a member of the audit committee
for more than three consecutive years, although she/he may serve again after a break in service.
However, in no event should any MHJA member serve as a member of the audit committee for
more than six years in all. Committee members will select one of their members to chair the
committee each year. Neither directors nor officers may serve on the audit committee.
C. For the annual audit, the committee chair shall contact the MHJA treasurer and arrange a
mutually convenient time to transfer all MHJA financial records, including all receipts and
expenditures for that calendar year to date, to the audit committee for its review. The annual audit
shall take place after MHJA’s annual banquet and after most major receipts and expenditures
have been recorded. The financial records shall be returned to the treasurer as soon as possible
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following the conclusion of the audit.
D. The audit committee shall carefully review all expenditures and match those expenditures with
receipts for the calendar year. Any questions or concerns about the financial records shall be
addressed to the treasurer for clarification or explanation.
E. At the conclusion of its annual audit, the committee shall prepare a short written report to the
MHJA board, signed by all committee members and noting the outcome of its review. Any
unresolved questions or irregularities shall be noted in the report. The audit committee report
shall be printed in the first MHJA newsletter issued after the report is submitted to the board.
F. The committee may at any time ask to see the financial records of the organization. The
treasurer shall make every effort to accommodate their request within a reasonable time frame.
The MHJA ensure that the financial records are provided to the audit committee, as soon as
possible.
7. ΑΜΕΝDΜΕΝΤ ΟF ΒΥ-LΑWS
A. The by-laws of the corporation may be repealed or amended, and new by-laws maybe
adopted, at the annual meeting of members or at any other meeting of members called for that
purpose, by a vote representing a quorum of the members of the association. The written assent
of the majority of the members of the corporation shall be effectual to repeal or amend any bylaws,
or to adopt new by-laws, without a meeting for that purpose. Or new by-laws may be
adopted, by the vote of two-thirds of the directors in office at any meeting of the directors called
for that purpose, at which two-thirds of the directors then in office are present
8. ΡRΟΧΥ VOTING ΑΝD VOTING ΒΥ ΜΑΙL
A. Members may vote at any membership meeting either in person or by proxy in writing. Each
card holding member is entitled to one vote, i.e., if you have a family membership, the family has
one vote. All proxies shall be filed with the secretary of the meeting before being voted. If the
proxy is for a specific meeting, the proxy holder may vote at any continuation of Such meeting but
the proxy shall be void after the final adjournment of the meeting. Except for meetings not finally
adjourned, no proxy shall be valid except during the calendar year in which it is executed. In
election of directors, a proxy shall entitle the holder to vote cumulatively.
B. Members may vote by mail on matters being considered by the membership.
C. Directors may vote by mail on matters being considered by the directors, proxy voting by is
permitted by written, signed proxy.
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2018 MHJA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Gayl Russel grpaintjumper1@gmail.com
Marilyn Frame marilynframe8@gmail.com
Stephanie Gallardi betty.gallardi@yahoo.com
Nancy Winslow watertower58@gmail.com
Alia Driscoll alia.driscoll@gmail.com
Erica Seas elp@planetrob.com
Allison Heidmann alliheidmann@gmail.com