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New Mexico

Qualify through your affiliate for the AQHA Novice championships.

All members must comply with all qualifying rules/criteria within the qualifying time periods for the respective years.  This applies to both in state NMQHA members and out of state members wishing to file letters of hardship to attend the Level 1 AQHA Championship Show as state qualifiers.

  • The qualifying year is the same as the AQHA qualifying year, which is July 1,2014 to June 30, 2015.  
  • Any member wishing to compete at the Level One Championship Show as a NMQHA state qualifier must meet all membership rules by being an NMQHA member in good standing by January 1st of the qualifying year.  There will be no exceptions to this rule.Members from another state wishing to file a hardship petition to qualify within the state of New Mexico must have their petition filed with NMQHA by January 1 of the qualifying year.  Hardship applications will be reviewed by NMQHA separately and NMQHA will have final determination as to whether the member applicant has met NMQHA requirements as a state qualifier and whether such an application will be accepted.

Competition Requirement

  • NMQHA requires that a minimum of 2 Qualifying shows will be counted towards state qualifying.  One will be the Land Of Enchantment Circuit and the other will be determined by the individual exhibitor at any other NMQHA approved shows. 
  • Points from all NMQHA approved shows will count. Qualifying points will be kept on all NMQHA members with current memberships competing in classes at the designated qualifying shows by the official NMQHA Point Keeper who has been appointed by the NMQHA Board of Directors.
  • Points in all classes/events will be kept on the exhibitor/horse combination. Points for the qualifying shows will be compiled according to the NMQHA point system.  This system allots points to the top exhibitor/horse in each event up to nine (9) placings (i.e., in a class of 22, 1st place would receive 9 points whereas in a class of 3, 1st place would receive 3 points).   The high point exhibitor/horse in each class/event based on the two qualifying classes will be awarded position #1 in that class/event for the team.  The exhibitor/horse with the second highest points in each class/event based on the two qualifying shows will be awarded position #2 in that class/event for the team.  The exhibitor/horse with the third highest points in each class/event based on the two qualifying shows will be awarded position #3 in that class/event for the team.  The exhibitor/horse with the fourth highest points in each class/event based on the two qualifying shows will be awarded position #4 in that class/event for the team. 
  • Note that in the event there are more than 3 qualified exhibitors in a particular class/event and a lack of qualified exhibitors in another class/event – AQHA allows a “transfer of qualifier positions” to the stronger class/event up to a maximum of 6 state qualifiers.  (Example:  Western Horsemanship could have 4 state qualifiers by borrowing from a lack of qualifiers in Cutting).   AQHA limits the number of state qualifiers to 75 for the Youth Division and 75 for the Amateur Division.
  • Ties will be broken in an event by awarding the position to the exhibitor:
  1. Who won the greatest number of first places in point earning classes at the two qualifying shows.
  2. If still tied then: Who beat the most horses in point earning classes at the two qualifying shows. 
  3. If still tied then: Who won the most second places in point earning classes at the two qualifying shows.

Substitutions

  • An exhibitor wishing to designate a different horse in a class/event from the horse they have compiled qualifying points on must submit a letter of petition supporting the horse substitution to the NMQHA Board of Directors for review by July 15th.  An email will not be accepted as a legitimate letter of petition.  All letters of petition must be signed by the petitioning exhibitor. 

National Qualifiers

  • National Qualifiers will not be assigned to any of the three (3) qualifying positions for each class/event.   

Petition Letters

  • Exhibitors wishing to compete in classes/events not offered at NMQHA approved shows may submit a letter of petition for consideration as a state member in said classes/events.  Petition letters for such classes/events may be submitted to the NMQHA Board of Directors from July 1st   through July 31st of the qualifying year.  An email will not be accepted as a legitimate letter of petition.  All letters of petition must be signed by the petitioning exhibitor.  The NMQHA Board of Directors will review and consider all petition letters and render a decision for each requested positions based on the following criteria:
    •  First, AQHA points acquired at any AQHA approved show/event during the qualifying period for the petitioned class/event.
    •  In the absence of AQHA points, performance records from other sanctioned competitions in the petitioned class/event.
    • Exhibitor must be a member in good standing for the qualifying year.
  • Letters of petition will be considered for positions in classes/events in which there are less than 3 NMQHA point earning qualifiers.  Petition letters for such classes/events may be submitted to the NMQHA Board of Directors from July 1st   through July 31st of the qualifying year.  An email will not be accepted as a legitimate letter of petition.  All letters of petition must be signed by the petitioning exhibitor.  All other criteria/requirements must be met in order for the petition letter to be considered.
  •  The NMQHA Board of Directors will review and consider all petition letters and render a decision by August 15th of the qualifying year.

Selection and Notification

  • Final exhibitor determination for the Level One World Championship Show will be made on or before August 15th of the qualifying year and all exhibitors will be notified by the NMQHA secretary.  Exhibitors will have 5 days in which to accept or refuse their positions.  If refused, the NMQHA will offer the position to the next highest point earning exhibitor in a class/event OR open that event to petition if there are unfilled openings.