2016 Amateur and Novice applications available online now

December 14th, 2015 3:20 PM | No Comments

[source: APHA.com]

am_ad_2While some might spend the winter season dreaming of sugarplums and presents, Paint Horse exhibitors might have something else on the mind​s: the 2016 show season! 

Before you hit your winter circuits and kick off the new year, be sure you’ve completed your Amateur and Novice card applications. New for 2016, a single online form is your one-stop shop for all your application and eligibility needs—you can apply for your Amateur, Novice Amateur, and Walk-Trot cards via this easy form.

Apply for an Amateur, Novice Amateur or Walk-Trot card Apply for a Novice Youth card

Applications ​are processed on a first-come-first-served basis unless otherwise requested—email amateur@apha.com if you plan to compete at a stock show or holiday circuit. Standard processing begins ​the week of December 21. 

Rule changes approved at ​the 2015 APHA Convention go into effect January 1, 2016, and a change to AM-205 might affect your Novice Amateur eligibility; be sure to review these new rules ahead of applying for your 2016 cards. 

AM-205 now allows Novice Amateurs to gain more experience in Amateur-level classes before pointing out of Novice eligibility. Become informed and use this change to push yourself at your next APHA show!

AM-205 A.2.a., Novice Amateur Eligibility

a.       To be eligible for Novice Amateur status in a category the applicant cannot have earned forty (40) revalued performance points (Open, Amateur and/or Youth combined) in that category in any recognized equine association including, but not limited to APHA, AQHA, ApHC, IBHA, PHBA, PtHA, AHA, AMHA, ABRA and POA.

Exception: Zone 12, 13, 14—the applicant cannot have earned 20 revalued performance points.
Return to Novice

If you’re returning to the show pen after a long hiatus, your previous accomplishments may no longer affect your Novice-level eligibility. Complete the following Novice Amateur Status Reinstatement form to disclose your competition history; complete the form and $25 fee at the same time as your Amateur application for fastest processing.

Novice Amateur Status Reinstatement Form


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