The purpose of the Rookie level class in particular is to reach AQHA members of all ages and riding levels. By developing true entry-level classes, AQHA plans to introduce new AQHA members, as well as current AQHA members who have never shown, to the AQHA show scene.
Rookie-level classes will be offered in all three AQHA divisions – open, amateur and youth.
Eligibility for a Rookie-level class depends on both the horse and the rider’s show records:
Open, amateur, Novice amateur, youth, Novice youth and Rookie-level points all count toward Rookie-level eligibility.
Upon earning 10 points in a particular class in any division, the horse will immediately become ineligible to compete in that particular class at the Rookie level in any division. The owner of the horse will receive a certificate of recognition, similar to a Register of Merit, and the accomplishment will be added to the horse’s show record.
Also, upon earning 10 points in a particular class in any division, the exhibitor will immediately become ineligible to compete in that particular class at the Rookie level in any division. The exhibitor will receive a certificate of recognition, and the accomplishment will be added to the exhibitor’s show record.
For halter classes, Rookie-level halter classes must be all-ages classes and must be held as stand-alone classes. Rookie-level halter classes are not eligible for grand and reserve awards.
Rookie-level points do not count toward anything other than computing Rookie-level eligibility and recognition.
Learn more about the AQHA leveling program.
The overall goal of the new show leveling program is to get more new people involved in showing their American Quarter Horses and drive the showing market in a strong direction. If you have questions about the show leveling program, contact the AQHA Competition Department at (806) 376-4811.
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