AQHA competition starts at the Rookie level.

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AQHA's Rookie level is the perfect level of competition for beginning competitors or those with few accomplishments. 

Rookie classes are offered for exhibitors at all ages and riding levels. These classes are great introduction for riders to the AQHA show scene, as well as a terrific environment for exhibitors to try out a new class.

Who is eligible for Rookie classes?
Rookie classes are offered in all three AQHA divisions – open, amateur and youth.

The horse and the exhibitor must both have less than 10 points each in all divisions, all levels combined, in order to participate in the Rookie level in whichever class they wish to enter. Eligibility is from January 1 to December 31.

Rookie Championships
The AQHA Central, Nutrena East, AQHA West and AQHA Cattle Level 1 championships also offer Rookie championship classes.