Level 1 (Novice) Championships: Rookie Qualifying

Rookie classes, ranch horse pleasure on tap for the 2014 Nutrena East and SmartPak West AQHA Level 1 (Novice) championships.

The American Quarter Horse Association

Core Rookie classes will be featured at the Nutrena East and SmartPak West AQHA Level 1 (Novice) championships.

This year, core Rookie classes (showmanship, horsemanship, hunt seat equitation, western pleasure, hunter under saddle and trail) will be featured at the Nutrena East and SmartPak West AQHA Level 1 (Novice) championships for Level 1 (formerly Novice) exhibitors.

Qualifying to compete in a Rookie class is simple – exhibitors just need to be Rookie-eligible as of January 1, 2014. There is no additional qualifying method for Rookie classes. The Rookie classes, designed for beginning competitors, will be run separately from the current line-up of Level 1 classes.

To be eligible in a Rookie-level class, the horse and exhibitor independently must have earned fewer than 10 lifetime points in that class in any division (open, amateur or youth). The eligibility is from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013. To verify Rookie eligibility, visit www.aqha.com/levelingand use the online level verification system.

Ranch horse pleasure will also debut at the Nutrena East and SmartPak West Level 1 (Novice) championships.

As a reminder, if a horse and rider competed in reining, performance halter or ranch horse pleasure at the 2014 Zoetis AQHA Cattle Novice Championships, the horse and rider will not be able to compete in those classes at either 2014 SmartPak West or Nutrena East AQHA Level 1 (Novice) championships.

The national qualifying period is July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014, for the 2014 Nutrena East and SmartPak West Level 1 (Novice) championships. Competitors may qualify through either national methods, state methods or place in the top 10 at an AQHA Merial Regional Championship in a Level 1 class. Qualifiers may choose which of the two Novice championships to attend. Visit www.aqha.com/novicechampionshipsto view the 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.

For more information on the Level 1 (Novice) championships, visit www.aqha.com/novicechampionships.

To learn more about AQHA’s show levels or to determine the levels you are eligible for, use the online verification system at www.aqha.com/leveling.

As a proud sponsor of the Nutrena East AQHA Level 1 (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.

As a proud sponsor of the SmartPak West AQHA Level 1 (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 five percent on all purchases at SmartPak. Learn more about SmartPak’s products and how to save today!

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