Applications may be accepted or denied without recourse of any nature
Membership begins the day the membership form and payment are received by the WCHA Office or by a WCHA Event Show Office representing the WCHA and expires December 31 of the calendar year of purchase.
Section A: Non-Pro Applicants
NON-PRO STATEMENT OF ELIGILBILTY: Exhibitor has not shown, sold a horse for a third party, judged, trained or assisted in training a horse for remuneration, including commissions, nor received compensation for instructing another person in riding, driving, training, or showing a horse for five years previous to application for Non-pro membership. Payment of entry fees and/or by anyone other than the Non-pro, his/her immediate family, or a corporation, partnership or other business entity in which the Non-pro and/or a member of his/her immediate family are the sole and only owner, shall be considered remuneration. A Non-pro cannot be an approved horse show judge for any association or have judged an open, 4-H or breed show for the past 60 months. Violations will be grounds for forfeiture of all prizes, prize monies and of all fees paid and possible suspension from the WCHA.
Section B: Membership Definitions
Regular Membership – Full Membership Privileges – This can be a single person membership giving that person full membership privileges to compete in WCHA approved events, it can also be one of the following:
- Assumed or Trade Name Membership – Person or persons or artificial legal entity, such as A. Smith dba/Smith Ranches; Smith Ranches, a sole proprietorship of A. Smith; or any other designation not being the legal name of the person or artificial legal entity.
- Corporate – Corporations in good standing in the state or country of their incorporation, the officers, representatives, shareholders and all beneficial owners.
- Partnership (General or Limited) – Partnerships in good standing in the state, province or country of their organization, the partners, limited partners, a general membership where two individuals who are not husband and wife own horse(s) together, representatives and all beneficial owners.
- Syndicate or Joint Venture – Syndicates or joint ventures in good standing in the state, province or country of their organization, the representatives and all beneficial owners.
- Decedent’s Estate, Trust, Guardianship or other custodial legal entity – Decedent’s estate, trust, guardianship, or other custodial legal entity, the person for which the entity is created, his representative and all beneficial owners or beneficiaries.
To compete in WCHA sanctioned events the Owner and Exhibitor must be current WCHA members. Previously a Husband and Wife who registered their horse(s) jointly (example: Joe & Mary Doe) would need to purchase a membership in the Ownership name of horse(s) (Joe & Mary Doe) and then if husband and/or wife competed they would each need an additional Individual Regular or Non-Pro Membership = 3 Memberships. New Rule: By purchasing a Joint Membership the Husband and Wife will now save money & comply with Owner/Exhibitor rules with one membership, if horse is registered under same name. Founding Members are governed by original rules, owner and exhibitor must have separate memberships.
Annual Joint Membership – A husband and wife, includes such designations as John and Jane Doe, John or Jane Doe, John and/or Jane Doe and John/Jane Doe.
Lifetime Regular Membership – Established in a single name, ranch/farm or trade names, corporate, partnership (general or limited), syndicate or joint venture or decedent’s estate, trust, guardianship or other custodial legal entity shall have the right to designate one individual to vote and exhibit as if they had an individual membership. Such designation is for the life of the membership.
Lifetime Joint Membership – A combination of two persons such as a husband and wife (examples: John and Jane Doe, John or Jane Doe, John and/or Jane Doe and John/Jane Doe).
Founding Members are governed by original rules.