2017 Level 1 Championships Tentative Schedules

The tentative schedules are available online for the 2017 Farnam Central, AQHA West and Nutrena East Level 1 Championships.

American Quarter Horse Association

Sue Weller of Garden City, Kansas, is reserve champion in Select showmanship April 15 at the 2016 AQHA Farnam Central Level 1 Championship Show in Oklahoma City with Twilight Is Innocent.

To compete at one of three 2017 Level 1 Championships, exhibitors have four ways to earn an invitation.

The American Quarter Horse Association has released the tentative schedules for the 2017 Farnam Central, AQHA West and Nutrena East Level 1 Championships.

View the Farnam Central AQHA Level 1 Championships tentative schedule.
View the AQHA West Level 1 Championships tentative schedule.
View the Nutrena East AQHA Level 1 Championships tentative schedule.

The 2017 Farnam Central AQHA Level 1 Championships is April 11-15 at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, the 2017 AQHA West Level 1 Championships returns April 19-23 to the South Point Equestrian & Events Center in Las Vegas and the 2017 Nutrena East AQHA Level 1 Championships is May 3-7 at the Gov. James B. Hunt Horse Complex in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The Farnam Central, AQHA West and Nutrena East all offer AQHA’s core and over-fences classes; the Farnam Central is the only show that offers cattle classes. View the show-by-show class list for 2017.

How to Qualify
To compete at one of three 2017 Level 1 Championships, exhibitors have four ways to earn an invitation. Qualifying is already underway, as the qualifying period kicked off January 1, 2016, and continues through December 31, 2016.

  1. Maintain eligibility, then enter.
    1. Enter cattle and yearling halter classes before the entry deadline. (No qualification method is necessary for cattle or yearling halter classes.) Learn more here.
    2. Enter Rookie classes before the entry deadline. (No qualification method is necessary for Rookie classes.) Learn more here.
  2. Qualify nationally: Show at 20 AQHA-approved shows. Learn more here.
  3. Qualify nationally: Place in the top 10 in any Merial AQHA Regional Championships class. Learn more here.
  4. Qualify through your state or provincial affiliate. Learn more here.

Eligibility
Level 1 eligibility is determined on a class-by-class basis. Exhibitors are encouraged to use the online level verification system at services3.aqha.com/leveling to determine if they are Level 1-eligible in a particular class.

Rookie eligibility is also determined on a class-by-class basis, and the horse you intend to enter must also be Rookie eligible for that class. To enter the Rookie championship classes, exhibitors and horses must be eligible for the Rookie level as of January 1, 2016. Call AQHA Customer Service at 806-376-4811 or visit services3.aqha.com/leveling to verify your and your horses' Rookie eligibility.

About the Level 1 Championships
Rookie and Level 1 are the two levels of AQHA competition designed for beginner to minimally accomplished competitors, respectively. The Level 1 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 2017 AQHA Level 1 Championships, visit www.aqha.com/level1championships.

As a proud sponsor of the Nutrena AQHA East Level 1 Championships, 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 Farnam Central AQHA Level 1 Championships, Farnam is your partner in horse care, serving both the pleasure-horse and performance-horse markets. Farnam official products include fly control, deworming, leather care, wound care, topical hoof care, and grooming and conditioning products.

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