AQHA Level 1 Championship Shows

Determine if you are eligible to compete at the Level 1 Championships.

To be eligible to enter the 2019 Level 1 Championships, an exhibitor must:

  • Be Level 1 eligible in the class you wish to enter as of January 1, 2018
  • Be Rookie eligible in the class you wish to enter as of January 1, 2019
  • Be an AQHA member at the time of entry and at the time of the 2019 Level 1 Championships
  • Not enter a class which you won at a previous Level 1 Championship. You cannot show in that same class at future Level 1 Championships, including the 2019 Level 1 Championship Shows. However, you can still show in that class at AQHA shows (excluding the Level 1 Championships) until you meet the point level. You can still show at the Level 1 Championship in any other class(es) for which you are still Level 1-eligible. 
    • Exhibitors who win any halter class at a Level 1 Championship are ineligible to compete in any halter class at a Level 1 Championship in subsequent years; however, if an exhibitor is Level 1-eligible, he/she may continue to show in halter in any other Level 1 competition.

If you graduated out of a Level 1 class in the 2018 show season, you are still invited to enter classes in which you were Level 1-eligible as of January 1, 2018.

Eligibility is determined on the class-by-class basis (i.e. you may be eligible for some classes but not others).

Visit to look up your eligibility, or for more information regarding AQHA’s leveling program.


Additional Information:

1.      Youth exhibitors of any age can compete in halter at the Level 1 championships.

2.      Exhibitors may show at both a Level 1 championship and an AQHA world championship show in the same year.

3.      A horse can be shown only once in the same class in each division, (youth/amateur). For example, a horse cannot be shown in the amateur reining and the select amateur reining. Nor could a horse be show in the 13 and under showmanship and the 14-18 showmanship.

4.      Should any horse entered in the 2019 Level 1 championships die, the exhibitor may substitute and participate with another horse. The appropriate show office must be notified, and provided with a statement from an American Association of Equine Practitioners-approved veterinarian verifying the entered horse’s death.

5.      For the Level 1 championships only, if a horse becomes severely injured or disabled, a substitute will be allowed for the injured/disabled horse. In order to replace a debilitated horse, written statements from two AAEP-approved veterinarians stating the severity of the debilitating injury or illness, and lack of probability of short-term recovery, must be submitted to AQHA or the show office at the event and the appropriate show office is notified at least one hour prior to the particular class. [Please note that due to Level 1 rules, the competitor does not have to own the horse that he or she shows at the Level 1 championships.]

6.      No class entries will be taken on-site; however, exhibitors have the ability to scratch from classes at the show.