Keeping It Level at the 2020 AQHA World Show

Keeping It Level at the 2020 AQHA World Show

AQHA releases ineligibility list for the Level 2 Championships, presented by Adequan® (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan), held in conjunction with the 2020 AQHA World Championship Show.

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Earlier this spring, the AQHA Executive Committee waived the qualification requirements for the 2020 AQHA World Championship Show due to effects of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic on the showing industry. Exhibitors and their American Quarter Horses will still need to meet Level 3, Level 2 and Level 1 eligibility requirements to compete at this year’s show. AQHA has released the list of open and amateur exhibitors who are ineligible to enter and show horses in the Adequan® Level 2 Championships at the 2020 AQHA World Show, tentatively scheduled for November 5-21 at OKC Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City.

The horsemen and -women on this list are competitors who have proven their skills in the show pen and are considered highly accomplished competitors by AQHA and its alliance partners. This list is compiled by factoring in AQHA points, championship titles and alliance money earned outside of AQHA competition. At the direction of AQHA’s leveling task force, more detailed information has been provided within the list regarding specific earnings restrictions from each alliance partner.

“Like many of our alliance partners, we believe in the concept behind leveling that helps create a fair playing field for exhibitors to compete against others of similar experience,” said Justin Billings, AQHA chief show officer. “By combining alliance and AQHA data, we can better protect the integrity of the Adequan® Level 2 Championships at the AQHA World Show.” 

AQHA alliance partners featured in the ineligible riders list include:

  • National Snaffle Bit Association

  • National Reining Horse Association

  • National Reined Cow Horse Association

  • National Cutting Horse Association

  • Ranch Sorting National Championships

  • United States Team Penning Association

  • Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association

  • Women’s Professional Rodeo Association

Open Exhibitors

For the 2020 AQHA World Show, in addition to Level 2 eligibility for the Adequan® Level 2 Championships, AQHA alliance partner earnings are also considered.

Speed, rail and individually worked events: To show a qualified horse at the Adequan® Level 2 Championships, the open exhibitor cannot be listed on the ineligible exhibitors list.

Halter and cattle classes: To show a horse at the Adequan® Level 2 Championships, the exhibitor must be Level 2-eligible and cannot be listed on the ineligible exhibitors list. Level eligibility can be verified at www.aqha.com/aqha-leveling-program.  

Amateur Exhibitors

For the 2020 AQHA World Show, in addition to Level 2 eligibility for the Adequan® Level 2 Championships, AQHA alliance partner earnings are also considered. To show at the Adequan® Level 2 Championships, the amateur:

  1. Must be eligible for Level 2. Level eligibility can be verified at www.aqha.com/aqha-leveling-program. 

  2. Cannot be listed on the ineligible exhibitors list.

View the list of open and amateur exhibitors who are ineligible to compete at the 2020 Adequan® Level 2 Championships.

To learn more about leveling, visit www.aqha.com/aqha-leveling-program.

About the AQHA World Show

The AQHA World Show is the premier event in the equine industry and will be held pending local, state and federal coronavirus mandates. The show brings together exhibitors, owners, breeders and fans of the American Quarter Horse from around the world for more than two weeks of exciting competition, educational opportunities and a bountiful trade show. The Trade Show features more than 100 vendors from across the United States, selling home décor, jewelry, tack, western attire, trailers and more.

For more information on the AQHA World Show, visit www.aqha.com/worldshow.

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