CHHAPS AWARD PROGRAMS
CHHAPS has a number of different exciting awards programs to reward member’s horses for being versatile and excelling performance-wise. Since these horses are ambassadors for both CHHAPS as well as for the Canadian Horse breed, we believe that they should be recognized for their efforts.
A versatile horse is one having many aptitudes and abilities and is able to turn with ease from one activity to another. The Versatility Award recognizes both the broad spectrum of capabilities of our member’s horses and their contribution to breed promotion. These versatile horses are ambassadors of the Canadian breed, and CHHAPS feels that they should be recognized for their efforts.
The Versatility Award Program is unique to the Canadian Horse breed. The CHHAPS Versatility Award Program was originally modeled after the Atlantic District’s versatility awards program, and has now been modified to better suit our CHHAPS members and their activities.
The CHHAPS Versatility program has been structured such that it acknowledges and rewards owners and their Canadians for participation in activities both inside and outside of the show ring. It should be noted that the emphasis of this award program is on participation, not competition or performance.
We invite ALL CHHAPS members who own either pure or partbred Canadians to participate in this exciting program. You don’t have to live in BC to participate!
For more information on the Versatility Award program, see the links below.
Canadian horses have excelled at the highest levels in the sport of combined driving and are increasingly competing and winning in open classes at club to advanced levels in Jumping, Dressage, English and Western horsemanship. To encourage the participation of CHHAPS members in open competitions and to recognize the achievement of performance excellence by their Canadian horses in specific disciplines, CHHAPS has established the Performance Awards Program. These performance horses are ambassadors of the Canadian breed, and CHHAPS feels that they should be recognized for their efforts.
CHHAPS’ plan is to acknowledge and reward owners and their Canadians for outstanding performance in the show ring. It should be noted that the emphasis of this award program is on competition and performance.
Points are cumulative. If sufficient points are not collected during the year to qualify for an award, they will continue to accrue and contribute towards future year awards. If points are not submitted each year, they can be submitted in future years.
The CHHAPS Performance Awards will be presented on a yearly basis by mail or in person at the CHHAPS AGM.
All recipients’ names will be published in the CHHAPS newsletter following the AGM. All award winners are encouraged to submit a photo along with a brief write-up of their horse and its achievements. This information will be published in the newsletter along with the award announcements.
We invite ALL CHHAPS members who own either pure or partbred Canadians to participate in this exciting program.
The Iron Horse competition is unique to the Canadian Horse breed. This competition was initiated in Quebec and serves to both showcase and reward the ultimate in versatility as demonstrated by the Canadian Horses participating. Since this competition has played an integral part in the history of the breed, CHHAPS felt it was important for us to follow and maintain this tradition as well. Therefore we have been rewarding CHHAPS member’s horses in this same type of competition since the inception of our organization and its very first show.
Typically most of the shows hosted by CHHAPS feature this competition, and it is a unique facet of our organization and its events. To the best of our knowledge, we are the only organization outside of QC offering this type of competition in their Canadian Horse shows.
The competition is divided into four sections consisting of a variety of disciplines, in order to best exemplify the following qualities:
Strength is demonstrated by a stoneboat pull, in which the horse pulls a weighted stoneboat or platform over a prescribed distance and crossing over a finish line. Whoever stops closest to the finish line wins. Thus, in this part of the competition, accuracy and obedience are also rewarded.
Agility is demonstrated by an Obstacles driving course in which the horse drives through a set course consisting of pairs of cones, set with balls on top. The fastest horse staying on course with the least knockdowns, wins. Along with agility, this section also demonstrates speed and obedience.
Speed is demonstrated by timed trot of 1/4 to 1/2 mile in length. The horse pulls a cart or carriage over the prescribed distance as quickly as it can, at the trot. The fastest horse wins. Breaks in pace are penalized and if the horse canters for more than 3 strides, they are eliminated. This element demonstrates obedience as well as speed.
Obedience is shown by a Trail course consisting of a number of obstacles, typically a bridge, gate, water, poles and backup, done at prescribed gaits which need to be negotiated accurately, bravely and without hesitation. The horse is shown under saddle, and the horse negotiating the course the fastest with no hesitation or refusals, wins.
Each section is scored and awarded separately, however points are accumulated from each of the four sections with the overall point winner being declared the Iron Horse Champion.
The horse that is truly versatile and can excel in all of these disciplines skillfully demonstrates all of the positive attributes which have made the Canadian Horse famous over the years. Therefore to continue the tradition and to foster this versatility within the breed, it is our belief that these individuals should continue to be recognized, and that they are truly deserving of the “Iron Horse Award”
Iron Horse Award Winners
2010 Interior BC Canadian Horse Show
2007 Pacific Canadian Horse Show
2005 Pacific Canadian Horse Show
2004 Interior BC Canadian Horse Show
2003 Interior BC Canadian Horse Show
2009 Pacific Canadian Horse Show
2006 Pacific Canadian Horse Show
2005 Interior BC Canadian Horse Show
2004 Pacific Canadian Horse Show
2003 Gibson’s Canadian Horse Show