Rookie Classes Added to 2014 AQHA Novice Championships

Find out how to qualify for the 2014 Novice Championships in Rookie and Level 1 classes.

American Quarter Horse Association

Visit to view the Rookie and Level 1 qualifying methods.

This year, core Rookie classes (showmanship, horsemanship, hunt seat equitation, western pleasure, hunter under saddle and trail) will now be featured at the Nutrena East and SmartPak West AQHA Novice championships for Level 1 exhibitors. The classes, designed for beginning competitors, will be offered in addition to the current line-up of Level 1 (formerly Novice) classes.

The national qualifying period is July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014, for the 2014 Nutrena East and SmartPak West AQHA Novice championships. Visit view the Rookie and Level 1 qualifying methods.

Rookie and Level 1 are the two levels of AQHA competition designed for beginner to minimally accomplished competitors, respectively. The Novice Championships were designed to celebrate the accomplishments of these riders and their horses in an environment that provides education and fun competition.

To learn more about AQHA’s show levels or to determine the levels you are eligible for, simply use the online level verification system at

As a proud sponsor of the Nutrena AQHA East Novice Championship, Nutrena delivers optimum nutrition, exceptional health and world-class performance for your animals. Whether you keep animals around for fun, competition or work, you can trust Nutrena to provide the right nutritional solutions.  

A proud sponsor of the SmartPak West AQHA Novice Championship, SmartPak is the official supplement feeding system and joint supplement supplier of AQHA. When you pack for the trail, show or race, make sure you include the patented SmartPak supplement feeding system. AQHA members can save 5 percent on all purchases at SmartPak. Learn more about SmartPak’s products and how to save today!

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