The Rider Performance Medal Program acknowledges riders efforts to gaining training and experience in sport horse endeavors. Three medals may be earned in this program:
|Medal||Total number of points required||Notes|
|Silver||100 (Bronze + 50)||Prerequisite: Bronze medal|
|Gold||150 (Silver + 50)||Prerequisite: Silver medal|
How to earn “points”:
Points are earned by pursuing educational activities that support riding, driving, training of a sport horse.
|Riding, driving or long lining lesson (given by a professional instructor or clinician)||1 hour||1 (1/2 point earned for a half hour lesson)|
|Scribing for a ridden or driven dressage judge during a competition.||2 hours||1 point|
|Participate in horse shows (enter one or more eligible classes)||1 day||2 points per horse|
Up to 20 points per medal may be gathered from activities that do not involve partnering with a CSI registered horse, such as riding lessons on a instructor owned horse (lessons must be dressage, jumping, driving, eventing, long lining or prep for a DSHB show). Scribing for a dressage judge also qualifies in this category.
30 points or more must be accrued in partnership with a CSI registered horse, either taking lessons or showing in “sport horse” events.
Multiple horses may be used to earn points for the RPM.
Total number of points are cumulative. There is no time limit.
There is a $25 nomination fee payable to CSI for each participating rider, for each RPM Medal, paid prior to beginning to accumulate points.
Participants will track points their own points, completing the RPM form, recording all of the information requested on the form to complete medal requirements, including acquiring appropriate signatures from show staff or instructors.
Horse show classes must be sport horse oriented. For example, hunter (over fences, flat, equitation), combined training, combined driving, driven dressage, ridden dressage, dressage suitability all count toward the medal, regardless of the outcome (exception, must not be eliminated or excused from the class).
In order for a class to qualify, the rider must complete the class, meaning if the horse is eliminated or excused from the class, regardless of the reason, the class will not count toward the medal program.
Participating in a horse show and entering eligible classes earn 2 points per horse, per day. “Eligible Classes” are defined as sport horse classes, such as ridden or driven dressage, combined training, hunters, jumpers, combined driving, sport horse breeding classes).
Horse must be owned by the rider (or a family member), leased or partially leased. A family membership is required if a child rider is going to participate in the program riding a parent owned horse. In the case of a lease, the lease transaction must be on record with the CSI office.
Rider must be a CSI member in good standing during the time that points are tabulated and the award is issued. Non renewal of membership will forfeit points earned.
After all points are logged for the medal, submit the form to the CSI office. Medals and certificate of achievement will be issued at year end at the same time as HOY awards, and results will be announced and posted on the web site with the HOY award winners.
RPM points belong to the rider or driver, if a horse is sold, no points are be transferred with the horse.
Please keep a copy of your RPM form when submitting it for your medal. Medals will not be issued without a completed RPM form with the appropriate information.
Activities that will not count toward RPM:
Examples of classes that will not count: “Pleasure” classes, trail classes and halter classes, endurance, timed events, cutting, reining, competitive trail, gaited classes, any ‘western’ oriented classes.
Examples of lessons that do not count: reining, cutting, western pleasure, stock seat equitation or saddle seat equitation.