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ATTENTION: The AQHA office will be closed Thursday, November 27, and Friday, November 28, in observance of Thanksgiving. We look forward to serving you again Monday, December 1. 

Rookie

Learn more about the entry-level classes of the AQHA show leveling program.

The AQHA Rookie level is the perfect level of competition for beginners to competitors with few accomplishments. 

The purpose of the Rookie level is to reach AQHA members of all ages and riding levels. By developing true entry-level classes, AQHA plans to introduce new AQHA members, as well as current AQHA members who have never shown, to the AQHA show scene.

Rookie-level classes will be offered in all three AQHA divisions – open, amateur and youth.

Eligibility for a Rookie-level class depends on both the horse and the rider’s show records:

  • For a horse to be eligible to compete in a Rookie-level class, that horse must have earned fewer than 10 lifetime points in that class in any division excluding Level 1 points. (Level 1 points, formerly known as Novice, are not recorded on a horse’s performance record; points are recorded on the exhibitor.)
  • For an exhibitor to be eligible to compete in a Rookie-level class, that exhibitor must have earned fewer than 10 lifetime points in that class in any division.
  • Thus, to compete in a Rookie level class, the horse and rider must each have earned fewer than 10 points in that particular class. (Level 1 amateur/youth points are excluded from the horse's lifetime points.)

Open, amateur, Novice amateur, youth, Novice youth and Rookie-level points all count toward Rookie-level eligibility



Upon earning 10 points in a particular class in any division (excluding points earned in Level 1 amateur/youth classes), the horse will be able to compete in that particular class at the Rookie level in any division for the remainder of the calendar year. The owner of the horse will receive a certificate of recognition, similar to a Register of Merit, and the accomplishment will be added to the horse’s show record at the years end.

Also, upon earning 10 points in a particular class in any division, the exhibitor be able to compete in that particular class at the Rookie level in any division for the remainder of the calendar year. The exhibitor will receive a certificate of recognition, and the accomplishment will be added to the exhibitor’s show record at the years end.

For halter classes, Rookie-level halter classes must be all-ages classes and must be held as stand-alone classes. Rookie-level halter classes are not eligible for grand and reserve awards.

Rookie-level points do not count toward anything other than computing Rookie-level eligibility and recognition. 

2014 Rule Changes Affecting the Rookie Level

Several changes to the Rookie level will be made effective January 1, 2014. Those rule changes include:

If a competitor is Rookie-eligible as of January 1, that competitor will remain Rookie-eligible through December 31, no matter how many points that competitor has earned through the course of the year.
The top 50 Rookie standings will be posted on www.aqha.com
All other Rookie rules will remain intact, such as the fact that Rookie is a level based on lifetime points earned (no more than 10 points on the horse or rider). Refer to Rule SHW252 in the AQHA Official Handbook of Rules and Regulations for more on Rookie rules. 

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