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The Official NBHA Rulebook

Click the button below to download the current NBHA Official Rulebook. Last updated 01/3/24 - Copyright 2024

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About the Official NBHA Rulebook

Official NBHA rules address the needs of NBHA members, promote fairness, eliminate confusion, and assist show organizers in the production of an event that reflects the standards.

These Rules cannot cover all possible situations that may arise during a show, nor can they regulate all administrative questions. Where cases are not precisely regulated by a Rule, it should be possible to reach a reasonable decision by looking at the Rule book and the Director’s Handbook. The Rules assume that NBHA Directors, Show Management and Headquarter staff have the necessary competence, sound judgment and absolute objectivity. Too detailed a rule might deprive the official of his/her freedom of judgment and thus prevent him/her from finding the solution to a problem dictated by fairness, logic, and special factors.

The NBHA Rulebook is divided into these sections below to assist you in finding topic specific information.

SECTION A: Competition Rules
SECTION B: Show Sanctioning
SECTION C: Earned Points
SECTION E: Rules Related to State, Super and World Show
SECTION F: Penalties and/or Disqualifications
SECTION G: Dress Code
SECTION H: Protests & Complaints
SECTION I: NBHA Intellectual Property