The following information was released by the Arabian Horse Associatiion regarding Resolution 4-17, Co-Ownership and Eligibility to Show in JO/AO Classes, Without Restriction, which will be in effect on December 1, 2018.
As of December 1, 2018, the combined ownership is permitted in Junior Owner's or Amateur Owner's classes under the following conditions:
- Two distinct non-family owners may co-own a horse and show that horse in Junior Owner or Amateur Owner classes except that no family member of a professional may enter into this relationship. 'Non-family owners' are defined as two distinct individuals who are not related as family as defined by US Equestrian or Equestrian Canada. NOTE: The USEF definition of "Family" is: For ownership by the same family, the term family includes the following: spouse, parent, step-parent, child, step-child, brother, sister, half brother and sister, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, step-brother and sister, grandparents and grandchildren, and in-laws of the same relation as stated above.
- A horse that is co-owned by the two distinct non-family owners must be registered with Arabian Horse Registry of America, Half Arabian Horse Registry, Anglo Arabian Horse Registry, Canadian Arabian Horse Registry or Canadian Partbred Arabian Registry, or other registry approved by the Arabian Horse Association as an "and" ownership relationship. An "or" ownership relationship does not enable two distinct non-family owners to show in Junior Owner's or Amateur Owner's classes.
- The right to show horses in Junior Owner or Amateur Owner classes when there are two distinct non-family owners registered as the owners of said horse, does not extend to the family of these distinct non-family owners.
- In order to show in Junior Owner or Amateur Owner classes both distinct non-family owners must be members of US Equestrian or Equestrian Canada and hold valid amateur cards or be juniors or a combination of amateur and junior.
- Both distinct non-family owners must be individuals, no farm or corporation co-owned horses are eligible.
- No family member of a distinct non-family owner may receive any remuneration in relation to the co-owned horse as defined in SUBCHAPTER 13-B AMATEURS AND PROFESSIONALS (or Equestrian Canada equivalent).
- Horses co-owned by more than two distinct non-family owners cannot be shown in Junior Owner or Amateur Owner classes.
- If the co-ownership relationship is terminated, that horse is not eligible to be co-owned by another distinct non-family person for the remainder of that show year as defined by US Equestrian. The remaining owner and his or her family members are eligible to show in Junior Owner or Amateur Owner classes.
- A horse that is co-owned by the two distinct non-family members cannot be shown in a Maturity and Jackpot classes at any AHA national championship show.
- An individual AHA affiliate association/club may elect to not allow horses that are co-owned by two distinct non-family members to compete in classes designated for Amateur Owner or Junior Owner for which they offer prize money, Futurity, or other restricted classes with payouts greater than $2,500.
- An individual member may only enter into two distinct co-owner relationships and compete with these arrangements in Amateur Owner or Junior Owner classes at USEF/EC-approved shows. Arrangements with other individuals, same as otherwise, for purposes other than competing in USEF/EC-approved shows in Amateur Owner and Junior Owner classes, are not impacted.
NOTE: Leased horses are not eligible. (Contracts of Sale or Bill of Sale will not be accepted in Owner Classes.)
-- via AHA