Introductory Shows

Try your hand at AQHA competition at an upcoming introductory show.

The American Quarter Horse Journal
February 5, 2013

Pre-Denver Quarter Horse show at National Western

Introductory shows are a great opportunity for exhibitors to qualify for the AQHA Novice championship shows. (Journal photo)

AQHA features a special format of shows – introductory shows – to allow exhibitors to get their feet wet in AQHA competition with their American Quarter Horses.

At an AQHA introductory show, AQHA classes are offered at open or 4-H horse shows; sometimes these classes are held within other classes at the show. For instance, AQHA members exhibiting in the open show’s western pleasure class can also receive points based off their placings against other AQHA members in that class.

Take a look at upcoming AQHA introductory shows across the country:

  • March 2-3 – Milton Freewater, Oregon – Darlene M. Chase (208) 798-0763
  • March 8-9 – Sulphur Springs, Texas – Mashell L. Daniel, (903) 543-3137
  • March 23-24 – Carthage, Missouri – Tina M. Dawson, (620) 704-0160
  • March 23-24 – Ft. Pierce, Florida – Rachel Joan Lines, (772) 597-0457
  • April 12-13 – Sulphur Springs, Texas – Mashell L. Daniel, (903) 543-3137
  • April 21 – Missouri City, Texas – Laura A. Eller, (281) 778-7433
  • April 27-28 – Carthage, Missouri – Tina M. Dawson (620) 704-0160

Introductory shows are Rookie- and Novice-level driven, but show management can choose to offer open, amateur and youth classes, as well. Exhibitors will be able to earn AQHA points at introductory shows, as is the case for all other AQHA shows, and all classes will be judged by AQHA judges. Introductory shows are also a great opportunity for exhibitors to qualify for the AQHA Novice championship shows. However, AQHA Incentive Fund money will not be paid on points earned at these shows, and points earned at introductory shows do not count toward AQHA world championship show qualifying.

The new AQHA Rookie classes are also growing in popularity. Check this listing to see if the show you are interested in attending is offering Rookie classes.

For a list of all upcoming AQHA shows, check out the AQHA Show Calendar. For a complete list of approved classes at each show, subscribe to The American Quarter Horse Journal and you'll also have complete online access to the detailed show calendar. Log in with your AQHA subscriber's ID to view the detailed calendar now.