Updated by BREA Board January 2020

To be eligible for Year End Awards for BREA the following rules apply:

  1. The competitor must be a member in good standing at the time of the competition. If the competitor has not joined BREA before the competition, his/her placing at that competition will not count towards Year-End Awards.

  2. Competitors must have completed at least six (6) hours of volunteer service to the organization by December 1st of the current year. Any person can perform volunteer work for a member to complete this volunteer hour requirement. Parents are expected to be present to assist junior competitors ages 10 and under when that junior competitor is providing a volunteer service. The Volunteer Chairperson will maintain a master list of volunteer hours. It will be noted in the Points-to-Date standings whether the volunteer requirement has been met. It is the responsibility of the member to send his/her signed Volunteer Hours Record to the Volunteer Chairperson if he/she wishes to compete for Year End Awards within 30 days of the volunteer event.

  3. For any hours performed beyond the required amounts listed in Paragraph Two (2) above, the member will receive an entry into the Volunteer Award Lottery for each hour performed over the requirement. Each Volunteer Award Lottery entry will be logged and BREA will pull (from the eligible Lottery entries) five names to have the choice of items at each of our BREA Sponsored events. All remaining Volunteer Lottery entries will forward on to the Annual Awards Banquet where a final set of items will be available to be won.

  4. Members are not required to compete in a BREA-sponsored show to be eligible for a Year-End Award. However, if a member does not compete in a BREA-sponsored show in the current year, that member must complete an additional four (4) volunteer hours to be eligible for a Year-End Award.

  5. Points will be accepted from BREA-sponsored, BREA-sanctioned, or any USEA-recognized competitions. Any unrecognized Combined Test or Horse Trial in USEA Area II or Area III is considered “sanctioned”. Points from BREA-sponsored competitions will automatically be tallied by the Points Chairperson. If a BREA-sponsored show is not a combined test or a horse trials, Year End Awards points will not be awarded from that show, but participation in that show will meet the participation requirements of paragraph 4. Points tallied from recognized and “sanctioned” competitions are the responsibility of the member. A completed Points Validation Form must be received by the Points Chairperson within thirty (30) days of the competition. Members may submit their Points Validation Form using the on-line submission form found on BREA’s website. Forms submitted from the website must include a link to the website where the final show results can be found and the contact information for the show secretary. If a link of event results is not available, a photo of final standings MUST be sent to the BREA Points Chairperson, or validation from the Event Manager via a signed document. It is the responsibility of the member to verify that results are available via the link provided. Alternatively, members may mail a Points Validations Form with show results printed from a website or obtained from the show secretary to the Points Chairperson within thirty (30) days of the competition. The printed results must include all of the following information: (1) show date, (2) horse trials or combined test, (3) division, (4) final placing, and (5) number of starters. All points must be submitted to the Points Chairperson by December 1 of the current year.

  6. All Points will be awarded on the levels that BREA offers.  

    Level Stadium Height XC Height
    Tadpole 10" 10"
    Crossrails 18" 18"
    Green 2' 2'
    Advanced Green 2'3" 2'3"
    Beginner Novice 2'7" 2'7"
    Novice 2'11" 2'11"
    Novice Plus 3'3" 2'11"
    Training 3'3" N/A
    Modified 3'5" N/A
    Preliminary 3'7" N/A


  7. If the total number of starters in the class is between 2 and 7, points are awarded as follows:

      1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
    BREA SPONSORED HT 20 19 18 17 16 15
    BREA SPONSORED CT 11 10 9 8 7 6
    USEA RECOGNIZED HT 18 17 16 15 14 13
    USEA RECOGNIZED CT 9 8 7 6 5 4
    BREA SANCTIONED HT 15 14 13 12 11 10
    BREA SANCTIONED CT 6 5 4 3 2 1


    If the total number of starters in a class is more than seven (7), then twice the above points are awarded. If you are the sole competitor in a class, you will earn five (5) points for completing the event. Riders completing a USEA-recognized horse trials with a final placing of seventh (7th) or lower will earn five (5) points. Points awarded for completing a USEA-recognized horse trials will not be doubled.

  8. Year End Awards will be presented to the rider accumulating the greatest number of points on a single horse at a single level. Therefore, if a horse and rider pair move up from one level to the next during the year, the two sets of points are accumulated separately and the pair could win awards at both levels.

  9. Six Year End Awards may be presented at each level for each division. These levels include Tadpoles, Cross Rails, Green (two feet), Advanced Green (two feet three inches), Beginner Novice (two feet seven inches), Novice, Training, Preliminary, and Intermediate. Each level may be divided into two divisions: Junior/Young Rider (age 18 and under) and Senior. A Championship and a Reserve Championship will be awarded to the first (1st) and second (2nd) place riders respectively, with ribbons awarded for the remaining places. A Junior/Young Rider High Point Award ( single horse and multiple horses), and Senior High Point Award (single horse and multiple horses), and a Horse High Point Award will be presented to the respective parties who accumulate the most total points during the year

  10. Points will be accumulated from December 1st through November 30th. Awards will be presented at the Year End Awards Banquet.

  11. In case of a tie, the award will go to the rider with the greatest number of first place points. If the tie remains, the award will go to the rider with the greatest number of second place points and so forth down the placings until the tie is broken. If the tie cannot be broken after considering all placings, the tie will remain and both riders will receive the award. Ties for Rider of the Year and Horse of the Year will be broken in the same method.