About Limited Rider
Reining sounds exciting with all the spins and stops, but you’ve only shown in western horsemanship. English sounds interesting but you consider yourself a western rider. Is there a way to try a different event, gain experience and still feel competitive? The American Quarter Horse Association offers the limited rider program for AQHA members wanting to try something new. The limited rider program allows you the chance to compete in a different event and learn new skills.
Limited Rider Class
A - Halter / Performance HalterB - ReiningC - Working Cow Horse BoxingD - Trail Green TrailE - Western Riding/ Green Western RidingF - Team PenningG - Ranch SortingH - Barrel RacingI - Pole BendingJ - Stakes RaceK - JumpingL - Working Hunter/ Green Working HunterM - Hunter HackN - Equitation Over FencesO - Western Pleasure/ 2-Year-Old Western Pleasure/ Green Western PleasureP - Western HorsemanshipQ - Hunter Under Saddle/ Green Hunter Under SaddleR - Hunt Seat EquitationS - Tie Down RopingT - Breakaway RopingU - HeadingV - HeelingW - CuttingX - ShowmanshipY - Pleasure DrivingZ - Versatility Ranch Horse
Are you eligible to compete in the AQHA Rookie level? Find out more about the AQHA show leveling program and all of the levels offered!
The limited rider program is available to youth, amateur or open competitors. The limited rider classes are designed to help you and your horse grow in a new event at your pace. To be eligible, you must not have earned 25 open, amateur or youth lifetime points in that class.
How to Earn
You show with your peers and earn points in youth, amateur or open competition, but your points also count toward limited rider year-end awards!
Basically, the person who shows the most in a particular class, has the best chance to earn the high-point award. The more you practice, the better you'll get!
You can earn many awards as a limited rider. Awards are determined by your points earned January through December. Points are based on the standard AQHA point scale found in the AQHA Handbook of Rules & Regulations. The points you earn are those that are recorded on your permanent show record for that class.
At year end, a high-point winner will be recognized in each limited rider class in the amateur, youth and open divisions. The high-point limited rider in each skill set as of December 31 will win a specially designed Montana Silversmiths belt buckle. The top-10 point earners in each skill set will be awarded certificates.
As a limited rider, you continue to build your skills while competing. When you earn 25 lifetime points in a skill set as a limited rider - congratulations! Now, use that experience and compete in youth, amateur or open competition - or try a new skill set!
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Amarillo, TX 79104