Find Your Level for 2015

Before you go show, use the online AQHA leveling program verification system to determine eligibility.

American Quarter Horse Association

Visit to access the AQHA leveling Web-based verification system. (Credit: Journal)

AQHA exhibitors and American Quarter Horse owners are encouraged to verify their level eligibility now for the 2015 show season. To determine level eligibility for 2015, visit to access the AQHA leveling Web-based verification system. 

AQHA divisions – youth, amateur and open – are divided into levels. The leveling program uses an objective handicapping system to assign exhibitors and horses to competition levels. 

Youth, amateur and Select amateur classes, plus open division halter and cattle events, are leveled by exhibitor record. Meaning, the user will search for level eligibility for those classes by exhibitor membership ID. 

All open division classes, excluding halter and cattle events, are leveled by the horse record; the user will search by a horse’s registration number to determine its eligibility.

“As its name suggests, AQHA leveling levels the playing field of AQHA competition,” said AQHA Executive Director of Shows and Judges Pete Kyle. “From the bottom up, leveling is designed to improve exhibitor experiences at AQHA shows and further American Quarter Horses as competitors.”
Visit to use the Web-based level verification system. The Web application will show you the levels you and your American Quarter Horse are eligible for in 2015. 

For exhibitors looking to compete in Level 1 amateur and youth classes, a Level 1 eligibility application must be filed each year, and all Level 1 exhibitors are encouraged to complete the Level 1 application and return it to AQHA as soon as possible. 

Previous Level 1 application information on file with AQHA may conflict with current eligibility, which would affect the eligibility being shown on the level verification system.

If assistance is needed in verifying level eligibility, AQHA customer service representatives are available to help at 806-376-4811.

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