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Find Your Level for 2013

Two resources are needed to find the level(s) in which you are eligible to compete: the 2013 level point ranges (updated April 9, 2013)  and exhibitor data or horse data, depending on the class.

The following levels are based on lifetime points earned:

  • Rookie (based on horse and rider)
  • Green (based on horse)

The following levels are based  on points and achievements earned in the past three years.

  • Novice (based on rider)
  • Intermediate (based on rider)
  • Progressive (based on horse)
  • Open – rider
  • Open – horse

To find your level, follow these steps:

1.    Download the data.

a.    If you will compete in youth, amateur, Select amateur, halter or cattle events, download the exhibitor data (updated March 28, 2013).

b.    If you will compete in open division classes, with the exception of halter and cattle events, download the horse data (updated January 23, 2013).

2.    Search the data document by your last name, for exhibitors, or by the horse’s registered name.

3.    Exhibitor eligibility for the Rookie, Novice and Intermediate/Open levels is detailed in the exhibitor data. Horse eligibility for Rookie/Green and Intermediate/Open is detailed in the horse data.

  • Any exhibitor who has earned at least 0.5 point in AQHA competition will be listed in the exhibitor data.
  • Any horse that has earned at least 0.5 point in AQHA competition will be listed in the horse data.

4.    Rookie eligibility

  • If an exhibitor's Rookie Eligibility for a class equals 10 or more points, the exhibitor is not eligible for Rookie competition in that class.
  • If a horse's Rookie/Green Eligibility for a class equals 10 or more points, the horse is not eligible for Rookie competition in that class.

5.    Green eligibility

  • If a horse's Rookie/Green Eligibility for a class is greater than 25 points in that particular class, the horse is not eligible to compete in Green in that class. Additionally, if a horse has earned $1,000 in that event, the horse is not eligible for Green competition in that class. Once a horse has progressed out of Green, the horse may continue competing in Green for the remainder of the year. The horse will never be able to compete in Green in that particular class after its last year of Green eligibility.

6.    Novice eligibility

  • If an exhibitor's Novice Eligibility falls outside of the Novice level point range for a class, the exhibitor is not eligible for Novice competition in that class.
  • To compete in a Novice level class, the exhibitor must hold either a Novice amateur or Novice youth membership card. The conditions of Novice membership are outlined in Rule SHW245.

7.    Intermediate/Open eligibility – exhibitors

  • If an exhibitor's Intermediate/Open Eligibility falls outside of the Intermediate level point range for a class, the exhibitor is not eligible for Intermediate competition in that class and must show up in the Open level.

8.    Progressive/Open – exhibitors

  • If a horse's Progressive/Open Eligibility falls outside of the Progressive level point range for a class, the horse is not eligible for Progressive competition in that class and must show up in the Open level.

8.    To verify the level points ranges, download the 2013 level point ranges (updated April 9, 2013).

If you have questions about finding your level, contact AQHA Customer Service at 806-376-4811.