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How Level Eligibility is Determined

Find out what goes into determining level eligibility.

Level eligibility is based on a November 1 - October 31 calendar. This is to allow the AQHA competition department time to process fall show results that will affect the following year's eligibility.

Definition of Experience  2013 Level Names  2014 Level Names  Incentive Fund? World Show?
Most highly accomplished (exhibitor)  Open  Level 3
All points earned in the past three years, all divisions, all levels excluding Level 1 and Rookie points
Level 3 earns both AQHA Incentive Fund money (if enrolled and competition license is on file) and world show qualifying points 
Most highly accomplished (horse)  Open  Level 3
All open division points earned in the past three years, excluding Level 1 and Rookie points  
Moderately accomplished (exhibitor)  Intermediate  Level 2
All points earned in the past three years, excluding Level 1 and Rookie points 
Level 2 earns both Incentive Fund money (if enrolled and competition license is one file) and world show qualifying points  
Moderately accomplished (horse)  Progressive  Level 2
All points earned in the past three years in the open division, excluding Level 1 and Rookie points 
Minimally accomplished (exhibitor)  Novice  Level 1
All points earned in the past three years, excluding Rookie points. An exhibitor who has pointed out of Level 1 can return to Level 1 if the exhibitor has not earned any points in that class for 10 consecutive years and must meet eligibility requirements per Rule SHW245.3 
Level 1 does not earn Incentive Fund money or world show qualifying points
Minimally accomplished (horse)   Green  Level 1
0-25 lifetime points, all divisions, all levels excluding Rookie points; and have not won more than $1,000 in any equine organization or association
Beginner to few accomplishments (exhibitor)  Rookie  Rookie
0-10 lifetime points, all divisions, all levels
 Rookie does not earn Incentive Fund money or world show qualifying points
Beginner to few accomplishments (horse) Rookie Rookie
0-10 lifetime points, all divisions, all levels

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