How to Apply for Merit Awards

The Down Under Model Horse Society offers merit awards to model horses that have been consistantly successful at live shows in Australia and New Zealand. These awards are based on the model`s success in earning qualification cards in particular divisions or classes.

There are five awards on offer, and each award has four levels (Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum) of achievement. DUMHS merit awards are not supposed to be achieved instantly or within a short period of time. Each level has specific requirements for the number of cards to be earned.

Awards

The five awards are:

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

Read about them and their requirements on the Merit Information page.

The prizes on offer for the bronze, silver and gold awards are a resin medallion, sculpted by Morgen Kilbourn (USA), painted in the colour of the award, and a certificate. The platinum award will be announced at a later date, and will also be supplied with a certificate.

There is also a certificate-only option.

How to Apply

The merit award form: Word DOC and PDF. Use one form per horse.

Each level of an award has its own number of required DUN cards. To apply, you need to ensure that you have the correct number of cards of each type for that level.

For example, an application for Bronze Excellence in Performance would include:

    • three English performance DUN cards,
    • three Western performance DUN cards, and
    • three other performance DUN cards.

To claim an award, you need to fill out the merit award application form, and then mail it, with your DUN cards and payment, to the Merit Officer. Provided your application is correct, you will then receive the used cards, your merit certificate, and prize (if claimed) in the mail shortly afterwards. It`s that easy! After your cards are returned, you can keep them for posterity, or throw them out if they have expired (for use at DUN).

If you have multiple horses that can claim awards, you can send them at once; just submit one form per horse.

If you have enough cards to claim a higher level (for example, silver) without claiming the bronze level below it, then you need to send in the full amount of cards listed in the requirement.

For example, using Excellence in Performance again, you would send in ten cards for each division.

You do not need to claim all awards that you are entitled to. If you only want to claim silver and not bronze, then that is fine. You can also choose to claim some or all of the medallions - just make sure it is clearly marked on your form (include an additional note to clarify if necessary).

Claiming Additional Awards for One Horse

In the future, if you would like to claim the next level in an award (after claiming the lower level), you will need to submit the number of cards required by the higher level, less the number of cards required by the lower level.

For example, the bronze level of Excellence in Performance requires three cards from each division. The silver level requires 10 cards from each division. Ten minus the three cards already submitted equals seven - so you would send in seven cards for each division.

If you would like to claim multiple awards at the same time, that is also possible, but DUN cards cannot be used for application into multiple awards. Your cards used in an application are kept on file (as a record/tally, not the actual cards) for that award’s levels (bronze, silver, gold and platinum), but you cannot have those exact same cards counted for another award.

For example, if you intend to apply for bronze level of two different awards (for example, Halter Supremacy and All-Rounder Excellence), each award application needs its own set of cards.

If you have enough cards to apply for two levels of the same award at once, then your total amount of cards should be the same amount required by the highest level.

For example, if you intend to apply for the bronze (three cards of each division) and silver (10 cards of each division) levels of Excellence in Performance, you would need to send in 10 cards of each division, not 13.

Ensure that your form is clearly marked, and that you include the fees for each level that you are claiming.

Application Fees

Bronze, silver and gold levels

The default award for each of these levels is a resin medallion, painted in the colour of the level, and a certificate. The application fee for each level is $19 AUD per horse per level. The cost is the same, no matter which award you are applying for. (A small surcharge will be applied for postage to New Zealand residents.)

Certificate-only awards are available; please indicate on your application form if you do not want to receive a medallion. This application fee is $5 per level.

The application fee for platinum levels will advised when your form is received. The prize will be announced in the near future.

Your DUN cards must be remitted at the time of submitted your application form and fees.

Payment

Application fees are per horse per level, and are postage-paid. Applicants may pay by direct deposit, money order or PayPal. Cheques and cash are not accepted (unless otherwise advertised, such as at a special event). Applicants must pay at the time of submitting their forms.

Application forms may only be sent through the mail (no emailed forms), and it is recommended that letters and parcels to the Society be sent via registered post, as the Society will not be held responsible if an application form fails to arrive.

Find the merit award form here: Word DOC and PDF. Use one form per horse.

Using DUN Cards

DUN cards do not expire for merit award eligibility. At this time, all DUN cards issued since the Society’s conception are eligible for use with merit awards.

  • If a show has had their cards declared null and void as listed on the DUMHS website and forum, due to the show host not submitting results within the specified time or another reason, then cards from this show are not valid for use with merit awards.
  • If the horse has had their name changed, then DUN cards earned under the previous name are void and may not be used. The only exception is if the name change is only the addition of a prefix to the existing name;  these cards are still valid.

If a show has had their cards declared null and void, please destroy these cards.

DUN cards cannot be used for application into multiple awards.

The cards that were used for one award (such as Excellence in Performance) cannot then go on and be used for another award (such as All Rounder Excellence). Your cards used in an application are kept on file as a tally for that award’s levels (bronze, silver, gold and platinum), but you cannot have those exact same cards counted for another award.

For example, if you intend to apply for bronze level of two different awards (for example, Halter Supremacy and All-Rounder Excellence), each award application needs its own set of cards.

Splits into finish or size may be ignored for merit awards; i.e., ‘Mini Dressage’ may be used alongside ‘Open Dressage’.

Important Notes

When applying for higher awards after achieving bronze level, an applicant only needs to send the difference in the number of DUN cards required between the last award and the next award, plus their application fee and form.

For example:

    • Application is sent in for ‘Horse A’ for a bronze Halter Supremacy. (This level of this award requires two cards for each division: breed, colour and workmanship/collectability.) 
    • Six cards were sent in with the application form, two cards for each division.
    • Model has since earned more DUN cards, so his owner would like to nominate him for a silver Halter Supremacy award.
    • This level requires six cards for each division. As two cards from each division are already on file (due to the previous application for bronze) Horse A’s owner now only needs to send in four cards for each division to receive the silver award.

If you own a model who already has enough cards for a higher award (for example, silver in Halter Supremacy), then you may apply for both bronze and silver awards at the same time. You will be required to pay the application fee for both awards if you wish to claim both, but claiming the lower award is optional.

If you are using DUN halter cards issued prior to 2012 (when the green colour card was introduced), please ensure your blue cards explicitly state whether the class is a breed or colour class, especially for classes that may have similar names (such as ‘Appaloosa’ for both the breed and colour class).

Unexpired DUN cards (that is, those still eligible for entry into DUN) may now be used for merit awards prior to being used for DUN entry. All cards, including expired cards, will be returned to you with your merit awards. All cards used for merit awards will be marked with a stamp so that they cannot be used again for other merit awards. If they have not been used for entry into DUN, and have not expired, then you may use them for DUN entry.

You may decide to keep or destroy your expired, used DUN cards – it is up to you.