Some organizations offer multiple championships for the same section usually based on some geographic distinction like Local, Regional, Regular, etc. This is to allow two or more levels of competition. Obviously the horse/rider that only competes at the local shows is not going to be very competitive in the year end standings against a horse/rider that show throughout the zone, region, or country.
To implement these multiple levels of competition all you need to do is define Categories. If you do not have multiple levels of competition than you will simple not define any Categories.
To create Categories select Categories from the Data menu and the following dialog box is displayed...
This is basically a list editor with some special features.
To the left you'll see that "Local" and "Regular" Categories have been created which is a fairly typical configuration for Categories when thet are used.
For the Local Category the "Treat as non-rated regardless of rating" box has been checked, this means that if your points are affected by the rating of the show point for this category will use the non-rated rating regardless of what the rating of the show is. This is another playing field leveling mechanism that your organization may or may not make use of.
Each Category can be associated zero or more Show Types. In some organizations categories are used for one Show Type and not another.
Note: If you have questions about Categories or any other aspect of your organization setup please call us.