AQHA Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil In­tro­duces Jerk-Down Rule

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The AQHA Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee ap­proved sev­eral rec­om­men­da­tions from the AQHA An­i­mal Wel­fare Com­mis­sion at the as­so­ci­a­tion’s 2017 AQHA Con­ven­tion. The rec­om­men­da­tions ranged from adding spe­cific med­i­ca­tions to the AQHA for­bid­den drugs or sub­stances list to cre­at­ing ed­u­ca­tional ef­forts for spe­cific an­i­mal-han­dling pro­ce­dures to a rec­om­men­da­tion to use all drug- and an­i­mal wel­fare-re­lated fines to sup­port the AQHA ste­ward pro­gram.

Most di­rectly af­fect­ing rop­ers is the in­state­ment of a jerk-down rule in the tiedown rop­ing.

The rule, ap­proved by the Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee, states:

“Ef­fec­tive Jan. 1, 2018, a no-jerk-down rule for tie-down rop­ing will be im­ple­mented. The rule will read: “In the tie-down rop­ing class, an ex­hibitor will re­ceive a no score for that run if they bring the an­i­mal over back­wards with the an­i­mal land­ing on its back or head with all four feet in the air.”

The As­so­ci­a­tion is ask­ing rop­ers to han­dle their slack so the calves are switched in­stead of jerked down. By switch­ing the calves, it is less stress­ful on the calves and pro­vides for more con­sis­tency when judg­ing the class, the AQHA elab­o­rated in a state­ment May 18.

The AQHA An­i­mal Wel­fare Com­mis­sion, cre­ated by the Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee in 2012, re­ports di­rectly to the Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee, which eval­u­ates all pro­pos­als in re­la­tion to the cur­rent state of the in­dus­try. The An­i­mal Wel­fare Com­mis­sion serves as AQHA’s pri­mary body for rules, poli­cies and pro­ce­dures re­lated to all ar­eas of an­i­mal wel­fare. In ad­di­tion, the com­mis­sion over­sees the ed­u­ca­tional pro­cesses as­so­ci­ated with AQHA of­fi­cials re­spon­si­ble for an­i­mal wel­fare.

“We all want to pro­tect our events, and I un­der­stand it,” AQHA pro­fes­sional horse­man and mul­ti­ple-time AQHA world champ JD Yates said. “I’d like to know who will call the jerk down rule to be sure we have enough knowl­edge­able peo­ple to call it. I know in the PRCA we don’t, so I’d like to know why the AQHA thinks they do. I see it be­ing a big is­sue for a while. It is what it is, so we’ll abide by the rules and move for­ward, though. AQHA judges are sup­posed to be watch­ing the horse, not the calf. It will be tough to change a lot of the thought for a lot of the judges.”

The AQHA Judges Com­mit­tee will de­velop the nec­es­sary ed­u­ca­tion for han­dling jerk downs and ed­u­cat­ing judges prior to the rule tak­ing ef­fect, the May 18 state­ment added. —Some re­port­ing cour­tesy AQHA

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