Show Rule Change Effective June 1

Show Rule Change Effective June 1

Owners or lessees of horses being shown at all AQHA-approved events must possess a current AQHA membership as of June 1, 2023.

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The AQHA Executive Committee approved a rule change requiring owners/lessees of horses being shown at all AQHA-approved events to have a current AQHA membership in the name of the registered owner/lessee. This change to AQHA Rule SHW100.5 is effective June 1, 2023. Entries excluded from this requirement are Rookie and Level 1 youth and Rookie and Level 1 amateur. 

Exhibitors who show in levels 2 and 3 in the youth and amateur divisions, as well as exhibitors in all open levels who choose to lease or show a horse not in their name need to ensure that the owner of that horse has an active AQHA membership to be able to compete in AQHA-approved events. Exhibitors will still need to have an active membership, as well, to compete.

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If you have questions, contact the AQHA Show Department at 806-378-5083 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central, Monday through Friday, or use the Contact Us form.

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