Full implementation of the AQHA leveling program started January 1, 2013. Effective April 3, 2013, the Intermediate and Progressive levels will be temporarily postponed until the launch of AQHA's database upgrade. Learn more about the database upgrade.
Classes are leveled based on exhibitor or horse records.
Classes leveled by exhibitor record include youth, amateur, Select amateur, halter and cattle events. The levels for those classes are:
Classes leveled by horse record are open division classes, with the exception of halter and cattle events, which are leveled by exhibitor record. The levels for classes based on horse record are:
Effective April 3, 2013, the Intermediate and Progressive levels will be temporarily postponed until the launch of AQHA's database upgrade. Learn more about the database upgrade.
Learn more about level eligibility in Rules SHW245 and 251-260 in the AQHA Official Handbook of Rules and Regulations.
Have a question about leveling? Read the leveling program Q&A with AQHA Executive Director of Show Patti Carter-Pratt.
Two resources are needed to find the level(s) in which you are eligible to compete: the 2013 level point ranges (updated April 9, 2013) and exhibitor data or horse data, depending on the class.
The following levels are based on lifetime points earned:
The following levels are based on points and achievements earned in the past three years.
To find your level, follow these steps:
1. Download the data.
a. If you will compete in youth, amateur, Select amateur, halter or cattle events, download the exhibitor data (updated March 28, 2013).
b. If you will compete in open division classes, with the exception of halter and cattle events, download the horse data (updated January 23, 2013).
2. Search the data document by your last name, for exhibitors, or by the horse’s registered name.
3. Exhibitor eligibility for the Rookie, Novice and Intermediate/Open levels is detailed in the exhibitor data. Horse eligibility for Rookie/Green and Intermediate/Open is detailed in the horse data.
4. Rookie eligibility
5. Green eligibility
6. Novice eligibility
7. Intermediate/Open eligibility – exhibitors
8. Progressive/Open – exhibitors
8. To verify the level points ranges, download the 2013 level point ranges (updated April 9, 2013).
If you have questions about finding your level, contact AQHA Customer Service at (806) 376-4811.
The overall goal of the new show leveling program is to get more new people involved in showing their American Quarter Horses and drive the showing market in a strong direction. If you have questions about the show leveling program, contact the AQHA competition department at (806) 376-4811.
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