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Introductory Shows

AQHA offers you a chance to test your skills with your American Quarter Horse.

American Quarter Horse Association
May 30, 2013

The sun sets behind an English rider at the 2013 AQHA Region Ten Championship Show in Jacksonville, Florida.

For a list of all upcoming AQHA shows, including those scheduled for July and August, check out the AQHA Show Calendar. (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 as part of an open or 4-H horse show; 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:

  • June 1 – Marengo, Illinois – Kelly Watson, (630) 373-4631
  • June 1 – Sulphur  Springs, Texas – Lindsay Edwards, (940) 642-7511
  • June 1-2 – Windsor, Nova Scotia – Jane N. Abbott, (902) 430-4766
  • June 2 – Aberdeen, South Dakota – Pearl Holt, (605) 216-2111
  • June 8-9 – Tonopah, Nevada – Tereasa Larae Canada, (707) 318-5933
  • June 8-9 -  Saxon, Wisconsin – Kandie Harma, (715) 499-5765
  • June 9 – Kinross, Michigan – Rhonda L. Elrod, (906) 440-5275
  • June 14-15 – Sulphur Springs, Texas – Mashell L. Daniel, (903) 280-3700 
  • June 15 – Georgetown, Ohio – Theresa M. Siemer, (513) 256-5676
  • June 15-16 – Ft. Pierce, Florida – Rachel Joan Lines, (772) 597-4057
  • June 22 – Franklin, Indiana – Barbara Ann West, (317) 535-4597
  • June 29-30 – Kingman, Kansas –Janice M. Klenke, (660) 473-1140

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, including those scheduled for July and August, check out the AQHA Show Calendar.

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