Nomination Rules

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Nomination Rules

  • In 2022, the first year of the Riata Buckle, all progeny sired by any stallion on our Stallion List are eligible to be nominated into our program. No matter their age, all offspring are eligible to be nominated in 2022. After the first year of the Riata Buckle, starting in 2023 the regular rules for nominations will be enforced.
  • Your horse is eligible to be nominated if your horse is sired by one of the Riata Buckle Stallions.
  • One nomination payment is due each year per horse. (Nomination payments are non-transferable from one horse to another. Nominations are non-refundable)
  • All horses have to be nominated and the yearly nomination fee paid each year to remain eligible to enter and compete at the Riata Buckle Roping Events.

Nomination Schedule

Due by August 1st – $200
OR
Due by December 1st – $300

If a foal is not nominated and payment received by December 1st of their birth year, or their first year of eligibility, they will only be able to be nominated into the Riata Buckle by utilizing our missed payment option.

The Nomination Process

If you wish to compete at the Riata Buckle Roping Events, it is required that your horse be nominated and the yearly nomination fee be paid. This must be done every year, for the entire life of your horse.

Any horse nominated into the Riata Buckle will have to pay the yearly nomination fee of $200 to remain eligible to enter and compete at the Riata Buckle Roping Events for future years.

The yearly nomination fee of $200 is due by August 1st for all horses. If you miss this deadline, the fee will be increased to $300 which is due by December 1st. *AQHA registration papers are not required at the time of nomination, however, we do require a copy be uploaded to the nomination site or emailed to office@riatabuckle.com once you receive them.

In the case of a new stallion being added to the Riata Buckle Stallion List

All horses of any age, sired by a new stallion that has been added to the Stallion List, will be eligible to be nominated into the program ONLY within the first year the new stallion is added to the list. The nomination fees will follow the outlined nomination schedule; $200 due by August 1st OR $300 due by December 1st.

In the case of a stallion leaving the program or passing away

Within any given year, as long as you have nominated your horse (sired by a current Riata Buckle Stallion) and continue to pay the yearly nominations, your horse will remain eligible to compete at the Riata Buckle Roping Events. Example: "Stallion X" offspring are eligible to compete at the Riata Buckle Roping events as long as they are nominated and paid into the program each year starting in 2022 or each year of their life. If "Stallion X" is removed from the Riata Buckle Stallion list, your foal will still be eligible to compete at the Riata Buckle Roping Events as long as "Stallion X" was Riata Buckle eligible the year your foal was conceived. Foals must be nominated based on the yearly nomination schedule.

Required Registration

All nominated horses are required to be registered with and provide registration papers from one of the following stock registries:

  • AQHA (American Quarter Horse Association)
  • APHA (American Paint Horse Association)
  • ApHC (Appaloosa Horse Club)
Rebreeds

In the case of nominating a foal that is the result of a rebreed to a stallion who is no longer on the Riata Buckle Stallion List; a copy of the breeding contract and a letter from the stallion owner verifying the foal was a result of a rebreed from the year the stallion was a part of the Riata Buckle Stallion List must be provided.

Missed Payment Option

In the case of a missed nomination fee of eligible offspring or previously nominated horse, each year including the year of birth the nomination is not made, the nominated horse will pay $500 per year. Example two years $1000, 3 years $1500, 4 years $2000, 5 years $2500, etc. Once penalty is paid, then the horse resumes the yearly payment of $200 for each subsequent year.

If this is not paid, they will no longer be eligible to be nominated and/or compete at any Riata Buckle events.