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PHAA Rules and Regulations


PDF Icon PHAA Rule Book 2020

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Important Note: 
  • The PHAA Rule Book is updated once a year in August, all proposed rule changes will be published in the newsletter prior.
  • Immediate Rule Changes are implemented by the Board to clarify or better allow administration of existing rules.
  • Recommended Rules Changes may be put forward by the Board or by individual members. They will be published in the Paint Horse Newsletter and comment invited from the general membership. If approved they will be ratified by the Board and implemented on 1st August following their publication in the Newsletter.
  • Members are encouraged to make their opinions of the proposed rules changes known to the Board - either FOR or AGAINST - as this will influence the Board's decision on the Proposed Rule Change.


PDF Icon PHAA Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association

(PHAA Articles may only be changed by a 75% majority vote at an AGM. Any changes must also be compliant with The Australian Corporations Act)


PDF Icon PHAA Bylaws

(PHAA Bylaws are passed by a 50% majority vote at a General Meeting of the members and may only be amended by vote at a subsequent General Meeting of the members.)


PDF Icon PHAA Policy and Guidelines 2017

(This is a working document and subject to change.)

Showing Rules and Regulations

PHAA shows are run under the Horse Show Association of Australia (HSAA) & AQHA Section 5; rules as well as PHAA rules. A show rule book may be obtained from the HSAA for a small fee. All showing PHAA members should be familiar with the requirements of these rules and are encouraged to have a copy of the rule book for their own reference.

Proposed Rule Changes

Proposed Rule Changes are published in the Paint Horse Newsletter. Comment is invited from members on all rule changes - for or against. The Board of Directors will consider all feedback from members when deciding on these rules at the last BOD meeting prior to 1st August, each year.

Rule 233 Champion and Reserve Champion amend to read “Champion to receive 1 point, reserve champion to receive ½ point and Supreme paint exhibit or supreme paint bred exhibit will receive 1 point.”

Rule 217 (A) Add to Category Category 9 Extreme Cowboy and Mountain Trail Category 1– Western Dressage and Cowboy Dressage

New Rule – Insert after 227(E) (ii) Rule 227 (F) HIGH POINT NON TRADITIONAL The High Point Non Traditional Horse of the Year Award will be given to the horse that has recorded the highest total of points in any of the events overall from Categories 4, 5, 6, 7, 9. Noting that as per Rule 226 a minimum of 5 points in one event must be achieved to be considered.

Category 11 to be deleted from end of year high point calculations for Youth, Amateur and Masters Amateur as there are no classes.

Immediate Rule Changes

Any Immediate Rule Changes have been included in the current and revised edition of the PHAA Rule Book August 2017.

At the BoD Meeting on 14-15th October 2017 the following Immediate Rule Changes were made:

    Rule 123 Leases (note this paragraph is already in Rule 237) Add to first Paragraph The minimum lease period for any horse for any Amateur competitor will be 12 months

    Rule 220 (part of this rule was in fact incorrect) Delete 220 9e) iv

At the BoD Meeting on 2nd December 2017 the following Immediate Rule Changes were made:

    Rule 238 (b) delete current wording and replace with:Foal/Yearling progeny of paint bred horses are eligible if they have at least one PHAA regular registered or parent that is certified as carrying any paint specific gene (including but not limited to OLWS, Tobiano, Splashed white 1,2,3, Sabino).

    Rule 238 paragraph 1 after (e) delete "and where possible these events will culminate on the Easter Weekend" and replace with: PHAA National Futurities will always be held in conjunction with the PHAA national Show.

    Rule 238 paragraph 3 delete "from the previous years foal futurity". Replace with Open to all yearlings as per futurity guidelines.