AQHA Leveling Program Debuts
by Christine Hamilton of the American Quarter Horse Journal
The pilot testing of the fledgling AQHA program gets a big thumbs-up from exhibitors.
“When you’re testing something, it can go really bad or really good,” says Patti Carter-Pratt, AQHA executive director of shows.
So far, the debut of AQHA’s leveling program in testing at the 2012 Kansas Quarter Horse Association Prairie Classic February 15-19 in Oklahoma City is going very well indeed.
The “pilot” leveling classes are being run concurrently with the official AQHA show, to give the program a trial run for AQHA staff, show management and exhibitors in all divisions. Developed by AQHA show and information technology staff along with AQHA membership through the Blue-Ribbon Task Force, the leveling program seeks to increase competition opportunities for horses and riders alike; it is currently scheduled for full implementation in 2013.