AQHA Explains Novice Eligibility Under New Leveling Program
To create a new handicapping system that benefits both AQHA members and American Quarter Horses, changes to long-standing programs, such as Novice, were necessary. Known as the AQHA leveling program, the new handicapping system ensures that horses and exhibitors compete against individuals of similar abilities.
Novice is designed as the beginner level for exhibitors in youth, amateur and Select amateur classes, plus cattle and halter events. The hierarchy of exhibitor levels is as follows: Rookie, the true introductory level; Novice; Intermediate; and Open. View the levels figured by horse record at www.aqha.com/leveling.