This is an interesting issue as no other professional racing sport has a weight class for age category. At the current time only American Pharoah and the British Royal is a weight class for age categories. We all know you are not meant to be young at age 25 but how old do you get before that is irrelevant. Here’s some of what you learn about weight:
Fighter Weight Classes
If you start riding at an age where you are at least 10 pounds above the weight of a 4-year-old, you are considered a “fighter.”
If you start at age 12 and are at least 10-14 pounds above the weight of a 4-year-old, you are considered a “middleweight.”
If you start at age 18 and are at least 14-18 pounds above the weight of a 4-year old, you are considered a “middleweight.”
If you start at age 20 and are at least 18-22 pounds above the weight of a 4-year-old, you are considered a “middleweight.”
So if you win a championship at 19, you can be a “fighter” even if you start riding at age 15.
If you win a championship as a professional rider at 20, you should probably just stick with the “middleweight” classification that has no age restrictions as well. For example, if you win at a junior race and you weigh 14 pounds over the limit at that age, you’d be a “junior” (not a “fighter” per se).
If you start at age 24 and you are 14 pounds over the weight limit at that age, you’re not just a fighter—you’re a “runt.”
What age limit do “middleweight” riders fall below?
This one is tricky. I know these limits are subject only to legal appeals, but the truth is the “middleweight” rules don’t appear to give a lot of discretion to the judges (they do seem to favor the older rider a bit more than the younger one). At my last race, when I won my “middleweight” title, I ran with an old “middleweight” rider that was in his 80’s, and I won the race, but I won it before he weighed in! Even though he was at his best, he was out riding his 100-pound trainer’s horse, and I was probably at my worst! So, it’s not easy to say. Just
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