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Arizona Sun Circuit

Exhibitors are encouraged to verify their level before arriving at the Arizona Sun Circuit, which kicks off January 26 in Scottsdale.

American Quarter Horse Association
January 23, 2013

Arizona Sun Circuit 2012

To verify your level and learn more about the leveling program, visit www.aqha.com/leveling. AQHA Customer Service is available at (806) 376-4811 to answer leveling program questions and aid exhibitors and owners in level verification. (Journal photo)

Editor's note: Effective April 3, 2013, the Intermediate and Progressive levels of the new leveling program will be temporarily postponed until the launch of AQHA's database upgrade. Learn more about the database upgrade.  

The Arizona Sun Circuit, January 26 - February 3, is on schedule for another great year, boasting higher pre-entry numbers and exciting new changes, plus a full slate of leveled classes.

To expedite their entry process, competitors are encouraged to verify which levels they are eligible for under the new AQHA leveling program before they arrive at WestWorld in Scottsdale, Arizona. The exhibitor and horse data, plus 2013 leveling point ranges, were recently updated – competitors who had verified their scores prior to January 23 should verify their level one more time. However, now that the data is accurate, exhibitors and horse owners should not need to verify their level eligibility for the remainder of the year.

“Year after year, the Arizona Sun Circuit is a fun and exciting show,” said Tom Persechino, AQHA executive director of competition and breed integrity. “This year will be no different, especially considering the wide array of changes and class additions.

“Because the show is expected to be larger, we can't emphasize enough the need to check level eligibility in advance – even if that means calling AQHA for guidance or additional help,” Persechino added. “Our hope is to keep the entry process smooth as exhibitors learn leveling, which is actually quite easy.”

To verify your level and learn more about the leveling program, visit www.aqha.com/leveling. AQHA Customer Service is available at (806) 376-4811 to answer leveling program questions and aid exhibitors and owners in level verification.

Exhibitors should bring a printed copy of their show record, which can be found in the exhibitor data at www.aqha.com/leveling, to the show office to help show management. For horses that will be entered in open division classes, a printed copy of their show record, found in the horse data at www.aqha.com/leveling, should also be presented. Show management will also have access to exhibitor and horse records and will aid exhibitors and owners with their questions.

Intermediate and Progressive classes will be run concurrently with the corresponding Open-level class. The exhibitor/horse can only enter one level, meaning exhibitors must enter either the Intermediate or Open level, and horse entries must enter either the Progressive or Open level. Novice and Green classes will be offered separately; eligible exhibitors may enter Novice and the corresponding Intermediate/Open class, and eligible horses may be entered in Green and the corresponding Progressive/Open class.

Intermediate and Progressive points count for 2013 AQHA world championship show qualifying, as well as AQHA Incentive Fund payout. These are just a few of the many advantages for Intermediate-eligible exhibitors and Progressive-eligible horses to enter the level for which they are eligible. Other advantages include competing against exhibitors or horses of similar abilities and the chance to earn more points than conventionally allotted under the traditional AQHA show system.

“As its name suggests, the leveling program levels the playing field,” Persechino said. “With the method by which the levels have been configured, if exhibitors enter the levels they are eligible for, they will compete against horses and riders of similar skill levels.”

Verify your level and learn more about the leveling program at www.aqha.com/leveling. Visit www.suncircuit.com for more information about the Arizona Sun Circuit.

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