The ARA Board is considering doing something different (other than saddles) for the event Champions this year. As you know, we did breast collars due to COVID last season. There WILL be champion buckles, this would be in addition to the buckles. Things we are considering: An "event champion bonus"--this would be money that the champion could use for anything they would like, including purchasing a saddle. The amount would depend on how much money we have at finals time, but I would guess it would be somewhere in the neighborhood of $500 (this is just a GUESS). 5 Star saddle pads with trophy lettering on the corner plates--the thought is that most people would be more likely to actually use a nice pad, rather than an economy-type saddle.
Saddle certificates--these would be good for a base model saddle with a company chosen by the ARA board. The champion would be able to choose seat size and would also have the option of accepting the base saddle or upgrading the saddle at his/her cost. There would NOT be the option of receiving the cash instead or changing the saddle company.
I took this off Brittney's ARA barrel racing board so the rest of the events will know what is going on. Please let us know what you think or suggest.