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About Leveling

AQHA leveling groups horses and riders with their peers of similar experience and points earned.

AQHA Leveling Program booklet coverThe aim of the AQHA leveling program is to level the playing field, with the overall goal being to get more new people involved in showing their American Quarter Horses and drive the showing market in a strong direction.

Levels are formulated from an objective handicapping system that assigns exhibitors and horses to competition levels. That handicapping system is based on real data from AQHA shows.

Level eligibility is based on both points and awards earned. Level point ranges are designed to group horses and riders with their peers of similar experience and points earned.

How Leveling Works
Classes are leveled based on exhibitor or horse records. Level eligibility is based on both points and awards earned.

  • Leveled by exhibitor record: youth, amateur, Select amateur, halter and cattle classes
  • Leveled by horse record: open division classes (excluding halter and cattle events)

Find Your Level for 2015
Use the online level verification system to find your level or your horse’s level for 2014.

Need Help Finding Your Level?
Follow this helpful how-to for help with finding your level.

How Level Eligibility is Determined
Learn what goes into determining level eligibility.

Leveling Rules
Find out more about leveling rules from the AQHA Official Handbook of Rules and Regulations.

2013-2015 Level Point Ranges
View the 2013-2015 level point ranges. Level point ranges will remain static for a three-year period, meaning the level point ranges will remain the same 2013 to 2014 to 2015.

Level 1
Get the lowdown on the revamped Level 1, formerly known as Novice.

Rookie
Learn more about these entry-level classes offered at AQHA and open shows.