Merit Award Information

The five Merit Awards available in the Society are:

  • All Rounder Excellence
  • Halter Supremecy
  • Excellence in Halter
  • Specialty Excellence
  • Excellence in Performance

Excellence in Halter

Cards required for this award
Bronze 6 cards of each division Silver 18 cards of each division
Gold 32 cards of each division Platinum 64 cards of each division

 The four card categories required are:

  • Halter Colour
  • Halter Breed

All Rounder Excellence

Cards required for this award
Bronze 2 cards of each division Silver 6 cards of each division
Gold 12 cards of each division Platinum 30 cards of each division

 The four card categories required are:

  • Halter Colour
  • Halter Breed
  • Performance
  • Workmanship/Collectability

Halter Supremacy

Cards required for this award
Bronze 5 cards of each division Silver 15 cards of each division
Gold 30 cards of each division Platinum 75 cards of each division

 The three card categories required are:

  • Halter Colour
  • Halter Breed
  • Workmanship/Collectability

Specialty Excellence

Cards required for this award
Bronze 15 cards of each division Silver 75 cards of each division
Gold 40 cards of each division Platinum 110 cards of each division

The Specialty Excellence award is a single-division award. The cards used must be from one division only (breed, colour, non-halter or performance) and cannot be mixed.

The only exception to the ‘no mixed colour cards’ rule is if some cards are from prior to 2011 (when the blue halter card covered both breed and colour), and are used together for a colour Specialty Excellence award.

Excellence in Performance

Cards required for this award
Bronze 3 cards of each division Silver 10 cards of each division
Gold 20 cards of each division Platinum 50 cards of each division

The categories required for this award are:

  • English Performance
  • Western Performance
  • Other Performance

 To find out what classes are included in which category, please refer to the following list. This list is not exhaustive, but should give you some idea of what division your entry is considered to be in.

English Performance

Western Performance

Other Performance

English Flatwork
Hacking
English Sidesaddle
English Pleasure
Saddleseat
Hunter Under Saddle
English Bareback
English Event with Obstacle
Dressage
Show Jumping
Cross Country
Hunter over Fences
Fox Hunting
Hunter Hack
Hunter Pace
English Mounted Games
English Trail (Arena or Natural)
English Leading Rein
English Handler
Other English Performance

Western Flatwork
Western Pleasure
Western Sidesaddle
Western Leadline
Western Event with Obstacle
Western Trail (Arena or Natural)
Western Cattle Events
Cutting
Roping
Team Penning
Breakaway Roping
Bronc Riding
Reining
Reined Cow Horse
Western Games
Western Bareback
Western Riding
Western Led Trail
Other Western Performance
Western Showmanship
Western Parade

Scene/Diorama*
Arabian Costume
Native American Costume
Other Costume
Open Costume
Racing
Harness/Driven Events
Endurance
Competitive Trail Riding
Polo
Polocrosse
Australian Events (time trail, station horse, hack, etc)
Horseball
Horse Agility
Point to Point
Other Performance
Handler/Showmanship (if English and Western are combined in the one class)
Performance (generic catch-all class)

The class names above refer to the name of the class held at the qualifying live show, not the actual set up. For example, if a Western Parade entry won a DUN card in an Open Costume class, the card counts as an Other Performance card, and not Western performance (because Costume is an Other Performance division).

*Scene/Diorama became a DUN-qualifying class in 2012. Winners in these classes prior to 2012 were not issued with DUN cards, and cards will not be back issued to previous winners in this class.

The Merit Awards Officer has the final say in which category a class belongs to.

Class or division splits, such as into minis or by finish, do not matter for a merit award application. That means a DUN card earned in ‘Mini English Performance’ can be used for a merit award application alongside ‘Open Dressage’ and both would count as English performance cards. As long as the card was won in a performance class (and it was a DUN-eligible class), the card may be used for merit awards.