Section F: Penalties and/or Disqualifications
NBHA membership and participation in NBHA events is a privilege, not a right. Behavior which is damaging to the Association or its membership will not be tolerated. Violation of any of the following provisions may subject a member to disqualification from NBHA events, being denied entry to NBHA events, loss of points, or suspension from the Association.
- Any act in connection with an NBHA sanctioned show or other NBHA business in violation of this section by a member of the family of an NBHA member may be deemed to have been committed by the NBHA member and subject him or her to penalties.
- Any act deemed prejudicial to the best interests of the NBHA may result in the suspension of a member, including but not limited to the following:
- Using abusive or intemperate language or attempting to threaten, bribe, influence or harass any contestant, show official or NBHA official. Also, any remarks made with the intent to cast aspersions on the character or integrity of an NBHA official or show official.
- Moving or attempting to move markers at any time.
- Use of electronic and/or remotely controlled devices to alter the outcome of a run.
- Abuse of a horse in any way.
- Competing while impaired and under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Misidentifying a horse in any NBHA class will disqualify a contestant.
- Other conduct that is not in the best interest of the NBHA or its members.
- Failure to make good on a returned check to the NBHA or to any NBHA sanctioned event, or to any other association which has a cooperative agreement with the NBHA on returned checks.
- Show Management and/or NBHA Directors at their sole discretion shall have the authority to disqualify or deny entry to any horse they deem dangerous to the rider, or to other individuals, animals or property.
- A member who has been suspended, disqualified, or denied points under this section may appeal to an appeals committee of NBHA members and directors appointed by the appropriate State, Area, or Regional Director. the date, time, and location of such meeting will be determined by the State or Area Director. The decisions of such appeals committee shall be final and binding on all parties.
- Any litigation, whether pending or complete, including the NBHA, its directors, and/or any affiliated parties may result in further review by the NBHA on a case by case basis. NBHA reserves the right to suspend, refund or otherwise deny any membership or any relationship related to the NBHA as deemed necessary for the betterment and safety of the membership as a whole.