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CGA Awards Program

CGA has a variety of Year-End Award programs to fit riders and horses of any level, from Future Champion to Hall of Fame. Review the list below to determine the Awards Program that best fits your needs. The Awards Program is explained in Section 3 of the CGA Information Manual.

Only CGA members are eligible for the Awards Program. To earn an award, you must first sign up for the award you wish to earn. Signing up for an award does not guarantee you the award. You must meet the qualifications of the award as listed in the CGA Information Manual. Riders must sign up within 60 days of a show for the rides to be counted. Once paid, fees are non-refundable. Awards are based on a specified rider/mount combination. Should your mount change, you may transfer fees to another mount, but you cannot transfer times from one mount to another. Awards are distributed at the Annual State Convention.

How to Earn/Get Year End Award CGA Rating System
CGA Silver Buckle - Level 1 Award
CGA Year End Awards
           bullet   Level 1 Award    (sign-up form)

Earn a silver buckle or silver breast collar set. To earn this award in the Future Champion division, the rider/mount combination must be 'rated' with 3 successful rides in at least four events. Qualifications for divisions higher than Future Champion become successively more difficult to achieve. Champion or Reserve Champion silver buckles may be earned in the following divisions: FC, A, AA, AAA, AAA+, with the exception that there is no Reserve Champion in the Future Champion division.

          bullet    Level 2 Award   (sign-up form)

Earn a silver bracelet or silver bridle set. To earn this award in the Future Champion division, the rider/mount combination must be 'rated' with 5 successful rides in at least four events. Qualifications for divisions higher than Future Champion become successively more difficult to achieve. Champion or Reserve Champion silver buckles may be earned in the following divisions: FC, A, AA, AAA, AAA+, with the exception that there is no Reserve Champion in the Future Champion division.

CGA Silver Buckle - Level 1 Award   CGA Breast Collar Set - Level 1 Award   CGA Silver Bracelet - Level 2 Award   CGA Silver Bridle Set - Level 2 Award
          bullet    Top Rating Award   (sign-up form)

Earn a personalized CGA jacket! To earn a Top Rating Award, you must 'rate' with 3 successful rides in more than half of the events (at least 7 events), which is where the 'Top Rating' comes from. The jacket inscription will reference the qualifying division of rating, and will include an embroidered barrel racer and the rider's name. Signing up for this award automatically qualifies you for a Level 1 award, as well. There are additional fees to apply for a Level 2 award, or both Level 1 and 2, depending on the submitted application and fees.

           bullet   Family Team Award    (sign-up form)

Sign up two or more members of a family, and all can earn matching, yet personalized, CGA jackets! The family name will be embroidered on the back with the team member's rating level. The members name will be printed on the front. The family members must be related by law or legal guardianship. The team may include parents, children, grandparents. Each member of the team must achieve at least the rating (3 successful rides) level of Future Champion in each of four events. Signing up for this award automatically includes a Level 1 award, as well. Additional fees will qualify a team member for a Level 2 award, or both Level 1 and 2 awards, depending on the submitted application and fees.

          bullet    Race Of Champions   (sign-up form)

Run for the Hall of Fame! This program is designed for the fastest and most accurate riders. There is an ROC horse program and an ROC pony program. A gorgeous, engraved Hall of Fame buckle and framed picture is awarded to those achieving a AAA+ rating in at least 12 of the 13 events, based on the CGA rating matrix. A special buckle is awarded to each All Around Champion (horse and pony). The top 10 riders (at least AAA rated) in each program (horses and ponies) will receive an Elite Top 10 buckle. The Champion and Reserve Champion (best 3 ride average) in each event will receive an embroidered, personalized CGA ROC jacket. Best single time in an event earns you an inscribed medallion. More awards are available. Those who do not enter the Hall of Fame will automatically receive a Level 1 award. Keep track of your standings throughout the year with the ROC Report (Reports button). Hall of Famers must make an acceptance speech at the Annual State Convention.

           bullet   Senior Elite Award    (sign-up form)

If you are 45+ years old and riding a fast horse, the Senior Elite Hall of Fame program may be for you! A gorgeous, engraved Senior Elite Hall of Fame buckle is awarded to those achieving a Senior Elite AAA+ rating in at least 10 of the 13 events, based on the CGA rating matrix. A special buckle is awarded to the All Around Champion. The top 10 riders (at least AAA rated) will receive a Senior Elite Top 10 buckle. If the rider does not also receive a Senior Elite Champion or Reserve Champion jacket, they have the option of receiving a Senior Elite Hall Top 10 Jacket instead of a Top 10 Buckle. The Champion and Reserve Champion (best 3 ride average) in each event will receive an embroidered, personalized CGA Senior Elite jacket. Best single time in an event earns you an inscribed medallion. Those who do not enter the Senior Elite Hall of Fame will automatically receive a Level 1 award. Keep track of your standings throughout the year with the Senior Elite Report (Reports button). If the rider does not also receive a Senior Elite Champion or Reserve Champion jacket, they have the option of receiving a Senior Elite Hall of Fame Jacket instead of a Hall of Fame Buckle.

How to Earn a Year End Award
 

There are both State level Year End Awards and local district Year End Awards. This site addresses only State level Year End Awards. Check with your local district to sign up for Year End Awards at the local level.

You must sign-up (register) for a specific Year End Award that you wish to earn. Riders have 60 days following a show to sign up for year end awards, and still have the rides from that show count towards the award.

You must ride in enough CGA shows to become rated in a sufficient number of events (see below for rating explanation). General ratings are published throughout the year. Click on the Reports button, then select the General Ratings report.

All earned Year End Awards are distributed at the State Convention in November of each year. You may sign up for the awards dinner (or not) prior to the Convention, then receive your award(s) in person as it is presented. If you are unable to attend the annual Convention, you can have your award(s) shipped to you by following the instructions shown on the right.

   
Want Your Awards Shipped?

Send Your Request To:

  • California Gymkhana Association
  • PO Box 2187
  • Manteca, CA 95336

Include With Your Request:

  • $5 for each Level 1 or Level 2 award
  • $10 for each Top Rating or Family Team award
  • Your name, address & CGA member number
All awards must be claimed by
March 1st following the Awards Convention!!
CGA Rating System
 

The CGA Rating System determines the awards earned by members who are signed up for Year End Awards. The CGA has adopted five (5) rating divisions separating the riders by speed and skill. The horse/rider combination must successfully complete an event at least three times to be considered 'rated' in that event.

The rating division is determined by the fastest times run in each specific event. If your three fastest times fall within the AA division, then you are rated AA in that event. When you can become rated in, say for example, 8 events at the AA level, then you are considered an 'AA' Champion, and this will be engraved on your Year End Awards. However, if you are rated at the AA level in 5 events, and rated at the A level in 1 event, then you will have met the requirements for the 'A' Champion division rating.

Download the CGA Rating Matrix for a time chart of the rating divisions.

   
Number of Events Required for Rating
Division
Champion
Reserve Champion
Future Champion
4
--
A
6
4
AA
8
6
AAA
10
8
AAA+
12
10
 
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