SHW252. Rookie Level. For a horse or exhibitor to compete in a rookie level class, that horse OR exhibitor must have earned fewer than ten lifetime points in that class in any division; open, amateur, or youth. Upon earning ten points in a particular class in any division, the horse OR exhibitor will immediately become ineligible to compete in that particular class at the rookie level in any division. Rookie level points are computed solely for determining rookie level eligibility.
SHW252.1 Notwithstanding the ownership requirements associated with competing in youth and amateur classes, ownership of the horse is not required to participate in rookie level classes. Multiple exhibitors, including the record owner, may show the same horse in any class at a show (assuming eligibility requirements for class are met), but not in the same rookie level class(es) at that particular show.
SHW252.2 Youth and amateur rookie level performance classes can be run as stand-alone classes or concurrently with corresponding novice classes. Open rookie level performance classes can be run as stand-alone classes or concurrently with corresponding AQHA green classes. If an exhibitor is eligible to show in the rookie class and the corresponding novice/green class they may enter both classes.
SHW252.3 Rookie Level halter classes must be all-aged classes and must be held as stand-alone classes. Rookie Level halter classes are not eligible for grand and reserve awards.