Level 1 and More

Inside Look: A change is coming for the year-end high-point recognition, and the March Journal focuses on Level 1.

The American Quarter Horse Journal

The March issue of The American Quarter Horse Journal has landed in mailboxes. Here's a peek at what's inside.


Now that the March Journal has landed in mailboxes, let's take a look at what's inside.


So many innovations in the show industry, like the Level 1 division, have begun at the AQHA Annual Convention. This year, AQHA members gathered March 2-5 in Jacksonville, Florida, to consider committee reports, hear the state of the Association, honor the Hall of Fame Class of 2018 and pick up business tips during a couple of workshops.

A big change for this year’s convention is that the Awards Banquet – where AQHA honors the previous year’s high-point winners – has been moved to a special event November 11 at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum during the 2018 Lucas Oil AQHA World Championship Show. So pack your good clothes and your dancing shoes when you come to the Lucas Oil World. We’re looking forward to this celebration and party in Oklahoma City.

I can’t spill all the details about the fun activities that we have planned for this event, but I’m already mentally picking out just the right outfit, one that goes well with a camera, of course.

Another tradition of the past was honoring our year-end high-point winners in the April issue of the Journal. This year, we’ll be honoring the youth winners in the Journal’s August youth issue, which will be distributed at the Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show. All of the other 2017 high-point winners will be featured in the November Journal, which will be distributed at the Lucas Oil World.

Go to www.aqha.com/magazines to make sure your subscription is current so you can read about the people who worked tirelessly in 2017 to earn year-end high-point titles.

 A Level Field

Thirty years ago, AQHA realized that exhibitors who were new to the show pen deserved a fair shake and so the Association created the Novice amateur and Novice youth divisions. It was the first step on a path that has led to the division we now know as Level 1. In April and May, Level 1 and Rookie exhibitors will compete at three Level 1 Championships, with another – the Level 1 Cattle Championships – scheduled for June.

In the March issue of the Journal, we’ve put together a timeline of developments in the Level 1 division – a little something for the AQHA history buffs.

We’ve also included an article about Level 1 exhibitors and what they learned during their time in Level 1 and how they have grown in their horsemanship skills. Spoiler: Some learned so much that they’re now world champions.

And while we’re always excited to talk about our Level 1 Championships – the Nutrena East, AQHA Central, AQHA West and the AQHA Cattle – many exhibitors find success in Level 1 without going to those shows. Ulrike Klotz – whose zigzag path led her to the United States from Germany – is one such exhibitor. I know you’ll want to read about her life in the March Journal.

Hall of Fame

Every year in March, we’re honored to recognize the inductees into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame.

On the cover of the March Journal, we are featuring Smart Chic Olena, still the only American Quarter Horse to win a world championship in senior reining and senior cutting. What a horse! He made his mark as a performer, a sire, a sire of dams and a sire of sires.

Journal Horse Health columnist Dr. Tom Lenz is one of the inductees. Inside this month's Journal, you can read about Dr. Lenz -- and then get his advice on how to care for your horse.

See you down the road,

Larri Jo Starkey