AQHA leveling groups horses and riders with their peers of similar experience and points earned.
The 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)
- Additional information regarding Level 2 World Show criteria is available in the World Show Competitors Resources
More about Level 1
Get the lowdown on the revamped Level 1, formerly known as Novice.
More about Rookie
Learn more about these entry-level classes offered at AQHA and open shows.
NEW: Level Point Ranges for 2017
This chart shows the ranges of points that govern each class level for the 2017 show season.
Level Point Ranges for 2016
This chart shows the ranges of points that govern each class level for the 2016 show season.
Find Your Level for 2016
Use the online level verification system to find your level or your horse’s level for 2015.
Need Help Finding Your Level?
Follow this helpful how-to for help with finding your level.
How Level Eligibility is Determined
Find out what goes into determining level eligibility.