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Explaining the AQHA Leveling Process - by Regina Kernin

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The AQHA Leveling Program went into effect Jan 1, 2013 to try and Level the showing experience. The aim of the 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.

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Explaining the AQHA Leveling Process - by Regina Kernin

  1. 1. AQHA Levels Understanding what level your Horse (and You) are at for AQHA shows
  2. 2. What are AQHA Levels? • Went into effect Jan 1, 2013 to try and Level the showing experience “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.” AQHA xxx • You need to look at levels three different ways • At the Rider (for Amateur and Youth classes) • At the Horse (for Open classes excluding Halter and Cattle classes) • At the Horse and Rider combination (for All Rookie classes)
  3. 3. SHW251. LEVEL ELIGIBILITY • SHW251. LEVEL ELIGIBILITY. Level eligibility will be effective January 1 of each year and the exhibitor or horse will remain eligible for that level for the entire calendar year, regardless of the number of points earned during the year.
  4. 4. How to get Started You will need to gather together: Your AQHA/AQHYA card Your Horses AQHA papers (Above is not needed if you have your numbers memorized) Access to the Internet AQHA’s web address: www.AQHA.com Your AQHA PIN for logging into the Members Only area A Printer (one that can print on both sides is nice)
  5. 5. Go to AQHA’s leveling page • http://services3.aqha.com/leveling/ • Or from the AQHA main web page search for “About Leveling”
  6. 6. 2 1 3 4 5 Steps for filling out this form: 1. Choose a division (Amateur, Open, Youth) 2. Choose if this report should be for the exhibitor or the horse 3. Put in the AQHA exhibitor number or the horse’s AQHA number 4. Choose the show year (2014 or 2015) 5. Click Check 5
  7. 7. PRINT THIS !! You will want one for each exhibitor and each horse. You can then present them to the show secretary to show what classes you can go in.
  8. 8. What do the Columns Mean: Level 1 = Novice Level 2 = Intermediate Level 3 = Open (Everyone who is qualified to show that class)* We normally only see L1 and L3 in NYS Alliance = A “Y” in the Alliance column indicates the exhibitor is not eligible for Level 1 based on the earnings/winnings with other equine associations and organizations that have a membership base of 7,500 or more * An example of an Open class would be Amateur Showmanship or Select Showmanship
  9. 9. So for this exhibitor they are NOT qualified for Rookie Showmanship BUT they can show in Level 1 or 2 or 3 in showmanship. (see red oval) They ARE qualified for Rookie in Cutting and Cow Horse. (Black rectangle)
  10. 10. To check for Rookie: Now do the exact same division except choose horse and put in your horse’s AQHA number. Why are we doing this? Remember for the Rookie division BOTH horse and exhibitor must be qualified to be Rookie’s. So for this horse he could NOT be shown in Rookie Showmanship, but he could in Working Cow Horse.
  11. 11. To determine if this horse/exhibitor team can go in a rookie class overlap the two to see what class you can go in. For this team: Showmanship – No, Cutting - Yes
  12. 12. If you ask for the wrong information you will receive an error message
  13. 13. Remember for Rookie or Novice You do NOT have to own the horse in order to show in these classes. See Rule: SHW220 For Amateur or Youth classes you DO need to own the horse, or a family member needs to. See Rule: SHW220.1 for a list of acceptable family members
  14. 14. Level 1 (Novice) Note: A Level 1 (Novice) eligibility application must be filed each year, and all Level 1 exhibitors are encouraged to complete the Level 1 (Novice) application and return it to AQHA as soon as possible. Previous Level 1 (Novice) application information on file with AQHA may conflict with current eligibility, which would affect the eligibility being shown on the level verification system
  15. 15. If you want to find out the number of points for the different levels: 1. Go to aqha.com/leveling or search for “about leveling” on AQHA’s web site 2. Select the 2013 – 2015 Level Point Ranges link An example of the form is on the next slide
  16. 16. These are the point ranges for 2015. They are calculated using the points from 2012, 2013, and 2014. In 2016 new point ranges will be calculated using the points from 2013, 2014 and 2015. The 2016 points will remain static for a three-year period
  17. 17. Questions? Next we will get information on the Horse
  18. 18. 1 2 3 4 5 Same steps as before But choose the Open division for the horse. Note the slight change in the column headings. Rookie = Rookie Level 1 = Green Level 2 = Progressive Level 3 = Open Again PRINT THIS !! For each horse that you will be showing.
  19. 19. Performance Halter SHW365. PERFORMANCE HALTER. The performance halter class is required in the open, amateur and youth divisions when halter classes are offered. Only an all-age class will be held. Separate classes will be held for stallions, mares and geldings in the open and amateur divisions. Separate classes will be held for mares and geldings in the youth division.
  20. 20. SHW365.3 The following horses are the only horses eligible to compete in the performance halter class: SHW365.3.1 horses that have earned a Racing Register of Merit; SHW365.3.2 horses that have earned a Performance Register of Merit prior to January 1, 2010; and SHW365.3.3 horses that earn a Performance Register of Merit after January 1, 2010 so long as their record reflects that they have earned at least 5 or more AQHA Performance Points during their career in competitions other than Showmanship At Halter. i.e. A horse earns a Performance Register of Merit prior to January 1, 2010. The 10 points earned to achieve the Performance Register of Merit consist of 6 Showmanship at Halter points and 4 Western Pleasure points; the horse is eligible to compete in a performance halter class. i.e. a horse earns a Performance Register of Merit after January 1, 2010. The 10 points earned to achieve the Performance Register of Merit consist of 6 Showmanship at Halter points and 4 Western Pleasure points; the horse must earn one more AQHA Performance Point in a class other than Showmanship at Halter to be eligible to compete in a performance halter class. SHW365.4 For purposes of this rule, a Register of Merit or AQHA Performance Point is considered “earned” only after the Register of Merit or AQHA Performance Point has been officially recorded in AQHA’s records. SHW365.5 Proof that a horse meets the eligibility requirements specified above must be provided to show management.
  21. 21. How to get Proof that your Horse can go in Performance Halter • Go to AQHA.com and login to the member services area using your AQHA/AQHYA number and PIN
  22. 22. Select Pedigree Records
  23. 23. Fill in your Horse’s Name or AQHA Registration number and click the Find the Horse button.
  24. 24. Once you verify the correct horse is selected (1) Choose Ownership/Performance under Step 4 (2) Then click the Continue button (3) 1 2 3
  25. 25. You will want the Horse Performance Summary. Note each AQHA member receives $10 per month for AQHA records. So the $3 report should be free unless you have used your $10.
  26. 26. The screen changes only a little. You will receive a notice that the Horse Performance Summary has been submitted for processing. Click on the click here link to see the results.
  27. 27. After a bit of loading this screen will come up. Click on the Horse Performance Summary link
  28. 28. You will see the Horse Performance Summary Records. PRINT THIS !! Scroll to the bottom and you will see the information that you need.
  29. 29. This horse has three Performance Registers of Merit (ROMs) all earned before 2010 so he can be shown in Youth, Amateur and Open Performance Halter with the correct exhibitor.
  30. 30. Test Is the following Horse able to go in Performance Halter?
  31. 31. SHW365.3 The following horses are the only horses eligible to compete in the performance halter class: SHW365.3.1 horses that have earned a Racing Register of Merit; SHW365.3.2 horses that have earned a Performance Register of Merit prior to January 1, 2010; and SHW365.3.3 horses that earn a Performance Register of Merit after January 1, 2010 so long as their record reflects that they have earned at least 5 or more AQHA Performance Points during their career in competitions other than Showmanship At Halter. i.e. A horse earns a Performance Register of Merit prior to January 1, 2010. The 10 points earned to achieve the Performance Register of Merit consist of 6 Showmanship at Halter points and 4 Western Pleasure points; the horse is eligible to compete in a performance halter class. i.e. a horse earns a Performance Register of Merit after January 1, 2010. The 10 points earned to achieve the Performance Register of Merit consist of 6 Showmanship at Halter points and 4 Western Pleasure points; the horse must earn one more AQHA Performance Point in a class other than Showmanship at Halter to be eligible to compete in a performance halter class. SHW365.4 For purposes of this rule, a Register of Merit or AQHA Performance Point is considered “earned” only after the Register of Merit or AQHA Performance Point has been officially recorded in AQHA’s records. SHW365.5 Proof that a horse meets the eligibility requirements specified above must be provided to show management.
  32. 32. Although the horse has Performance ROM’s the year that they were earned requires us to check….
  33. 33. Yes, if they have earned at least Five (5) points in performance classes other than Showmanship. This horse is good since he has earned 13.5 points in Western Riding. You only need one qualifying ROM to go in any Performance Halter class. I.E. Open ROM allows you to go in Amateur Performance Halter
  34. 34. Who Can Go in Level 1 (Novice) Performance Halter? • The horse needs to have a qualifying Performance ROM • The exhibitor needs to be qualified to show in Novice Halter (go back and look at their Leveling form). It is the last item on the second page “All Halter/Performance Halter Classes”. Remember the second column (Level 1) is for Novice.
  35. 35. Progressive Working Hunter SHW635.1 Eligibility: Horses of all ages that have not earned 10 points in AQHA-approved working hunter classes excluding Level 1 (Green) working hunter points. A horse is eligible to complete only one time in the Progressive working hunter class at the AQHA World Show. SHW635.2 Fence heights shall be two feet nine inches (85 cm). Please notice that Progressive column (level 2) does NOT indicate if your horse can go in Progressive Working Hunter. You need to calculate this by looking at the Horse’s Performance Summary Record.
  36. 36. A Horse with a Superior and your Novice points
  37. 37. If your horse has an OPEN superior that was earned when you were the owner it can make your novice points incorrect for that class. If you feel that your points are incorrect call AQHA and they can correct your leveling form.
  38. 38. Show Rules
  39. 39. Know the Rules of the Class(es) you are planning on entering 2015 Rulebook Options • Access the digital version from your computer: http://mzines.net/touch.aspx?pid=869&pkey=llfhzqycu • Access the "AQHA Rules" app from your phone or tablet: (2015 version is out) • Install app for iTunes • Install app for Google Play Or, simply search for “AQHA Rules” in your mobile store. • Download PDF versions: • Showing Section, including the Equestrians With Disabilities rules(PDF) • Request a print Rulebook
  40. 40. Items that the Office will need at an AQHA show • AQHA or AQHYA cards for all exhibitors • AQHA Registration papers for all horses that will be shown • Proof that your horse has had a Coggins test and Rabies vaccine • Health Papers (if the horse is not stabled in the state where the show is being held). Check with the show since this could vary from state to state. • Levels that you can go in • Proof if your horse can go in performance halter
  41. 41. SHW305.8 • SHW305.8 (Portion of rule removed) Any horse of any age shown in any Rookie/Level 1 (Novice) youth, Rookie/Level 1 (Novice) amateur or Level 1 (green class) class may be shown two handed with a snaffle bit/hackamore. (Rest of rule removed) For people who are Rookie or Level 1 (Novice) and are uncomfortable only using one hand. Or horses in Green that are not comfortable with a curb bit.
  42. 42. SHW252. ROOKIE LEVEL. • SHW252. ROOKIE LEVEL. Rookie eligibility is based on lifetime achievements of exhibitor and horse.
  43. 43. SHW252.1 • SHW252.1 For a horse or exhibitor to be eligible in a Rookie Level class, that horse or exhibitor must have earned fewer than ten lifetime points in that class in any division; open, amateur or youth. Eligibility is from January 1- December 31.
  44. 44. SHW380 • SHW380. Rookie/Level 1 (Novice) Classes Only. Exhibitor’s going off pattern, knocking over or on wrong side of cone, never performing specified gait, or overturning more than 1/4 turn than designated, shall not be disqualified, but must always place below exhibitors not incurring a disqualifying fault.
  45. 45. SHW250. LEVELING • SHW250. LEVELING - YOUTH, AMATEUR, OPEN DIVISIONS Youth and amateur division classes will be based on the exhibitor’s show record. Open division classes, with the exception of cattle and halter classes, will be based on the horse’s record. Open division cattle and halter classes will be leveled by exhibitor record. Rookie eligibility for horse and exhibitor is based on lifetime points earned by class. Open level 1 (previously green) eligibility is based on lifetime points and money earned by class. Horse and rider eligibility, for all other levels, is calculated on a three-year cumulative time period of November 1 through October 31 to deter- mine the horse and rider eligibility level(s) for the next competition year. (The next calculations will happen for 2016).
  46. 46. Questions? Following is some AQHA show rules that you might want to know about.
  47. 47. SHW252.2 • SHW252.2 Notwithstanding the ownership requirements associated with competing in youth and amateur classes, ownership of the horse is not required to participate in Rookie level classes. Multiple exhibitors, including the record owner, may show the same horse in any class at a show (assuming eligibility requirements for class are met), but not in the same Rookie level class(es) at that particular show.
  48. 48. SHW252.3 • SHW252.3 Youth and amateur Rookie level performance classes can be run as stand alone classes or concurrently with corresponding Level 1 (Novice) classes. Open division Rookie level performance classes can be run as stand- alone classes or concurrently with corresponding AQHA Level 1 (Green) classes. If an exhibitor is eligible to show in the Rookie class and the corresponding Level 1 (Novice/Green) class, they may enter both classes.
  49. 49. SHW252.4 • SHW252.4 Rookie level halter classes must be all-aged classes and must be held as stand alone classes. Rookie level halter classes are not eligible for grand and reserve awards.
  50. 50. SHW 260.5 – 260.7 • SHW 260.5 Points earned in rookie or Level 1 (Novice/Green) classes do not count toward World Show qualification or Incentive Fund payout. • SHW 260.6 Points earned in Amateur, Youth and Open Levels 2 (intermediate/progressive) and 3 (open) will count toward World Show qualification. • SHW 260.7 Points earned in Amateur and Open Level 2 (intermediate/progressive) and 3 (open) will be eligible for AQHA Incentive Fund payout.
  51. 51. SHW250.2 • SHW250.2 Classes based on horse performance are open division, excluding halter and cattle.
  52. 52. SHW250.3 • SHW250.3 Exhibitors must designate which level they are entering. If no specific level is designated he/she will automatically be placed in Level 3 (Open).
  53. 53. SHW251.1 • SHW251.1 Throughout the year, horses or exhibitors may show at a higher level than what they are eligible, but cannot show to a level below their eligible level.
  54. 54. SHW 251.2 • SHW 251.2 A horse which points out level 1 may continue to show in level 1 for the for the remainder of the calendar year. After than calendar year, however, that horse may never return to level 1.
  55. 55. SHW251.3 • SHW251.3 Exhibitors and horses can return to level 2 based on points earned during the calculation period in future years due to the lack of points earned in the previous three year period. However, the following occurrences prevent returning:
  56. 56. SHW 251.5 Exhibitors placing in the top ten in the Level 3 (Open) classes at the Built Ford Tough AQHYA, Amateur or Adequan Select World Shows, are no longer eligible for Level 1 (Novice) beginning the following year and can never be eligible for Level 1 (Novice) in that class. SHW251.6 Competitors placing in the top two in the Level 3 (Open) classes at the Built Ford Tough AQHYA , Amateur or Adequan Select World Shows are not eligible for Level 2 (Intermediate) for the subsequent three years in that class within that division, regardless of points earned in the past three years. SHW251.7 Level 3 (Open) exhibitors placing in the top ten in halter or cattle classes at the Open World Show , will no longer be eligible for Level 1 (Novice) in that class beginning the following year and can never be eligible for level 1 in that class. SHW251.8 Horses placing in the top two in the Level 3 (Open) classes at the Open World Shows are not eligible for Level 2 (progressive) for the subsequent three years in that class, regardless of points earned in the past three years.
  57. 57. SHW251.9 • SHW251.9 Horses in their first year of senior competition will automatically be eligible for Level 2 (progressive) unless the horse places in the top two in a level 3 (open) class at the Open World Show. In this instance, the horse is not eligible for Level 2 (progressive) for the subsequent three years in that class, regardless of points earned in the past three years.
  58. 58. SHW114. LEVEL 1 (NOVICE) CLASSES • SHW114. LEVEL 1 (NOVICE) CLASSES There is no limit to the number of Level 1 (Novice) classes that may be offered; however, showmanship at halter, western horsemanship and hunt seat equitation are strongly recommended for most shows.
  59. 59. SHW114.1 & SHW114.2 • SHW114.1 If Level 1 (Novice) classes are applied for, then the corresponding AQHA amateur or youth classes must also be offered. • SHW114.2 The Level 1 (Novice) youth or Level 1 (Novice) amateur class must be held prior to the corresponding amateur or youth class if the same judge is judging the Level 1 (Novice) and corresponding class, with the exception of pattern classes at show management’s option.
  60. 60. SHW114.3 • SHW114.3 All-age Level 1 (Novice) youth classes may be held or Level 1 (Novice) youth classes may be split into age groups. Must be applied for and held as 13 and under and 14-18. All age Level 1 (Novice) amateur classes may be held or Level 1 (Novice) amateur classes may be split into age groups. Must be applied for and held as Level 1 (Novice) amateur and select Level 1 (Novice) amateur classes.
  61. 61. SHW114.4 & SHW114.6 • SHW114.4 Level 1 (Novice) halter may be offered as an approved and pointed class • SHW114.6 Level 1 (Novice) halter class winners are only eligible for Grand and Reserve Champion at Level 1 (Novice) shows.
  62. 62. SHW112. CLASSES • SHW112. CLASSES. Show management has the option of running the Level 2 (intermediate/progressive) level and the Level 3 (open) either as concurrent classes or as totally separate classes. Show management also has the option of running the rookie and Level 1 (Novice) classes concurrent or separate.
  63. 63. SHW112.1 • SHW112.1 For classes run concurrently or separately, the points available to the Level 2 (intermediate/progressive) class will be based on the number of Level 2 (intermediate/progressive) entries in the class.
  64. 64. SHW112.2 • SHW112.2 The number of points available to the Level 3 (open) entries will be the total number of both Level 2 (intermediate/progressive) and Level 3 (open) entries in the class.
  65. 65. SHW114. LEVEL 1 (NOVICE) CLASSES There is no limit to the number of Level 1 (Novice) classes that may be offered; however, showmanship at halter, western horsemanship and hunt seat equitation are strongly recommended for most shows. SHW114.1 If Level 1 (Novice) classes are applied for, then the corresponding AQHA amateur or youth classes must also be offered. SHW114.2 The Level 1 (Novice) youth or Level 1 (Novice) amateur class must be held prior to the corresponding amateur or youth class if the same judge is judging the Level 1 (Novice) and corresponding class, with the exception of pattern classes at show management’s option. SHW114.3 All-age Level 1 (Novice) youth classes may be held or Level 1 (Novice) youth classes may be split into age groups. Must be applied for and held as 13 and under and 14-18. All age Level 1 (Novice) amateur classes may be held or Level 1 (Novice) amateur classes may be split into age groups. Must be applied for and held as Level 1 (Novice) amateur and select Level 1 (Novice) amatuer classes. SHW114.4 Level 1 (Novice) halter may be offered as an approved and pointed class at any AQHA- approved show. SHW114.5 Stallions may not be exhibited in any youth classes regardless of level. The only exception is for youth ages 14 and older residing in Mexico, South and Central America who may exhibit stallions in youth performance classes if such classes are held in Mexico, South and/or Central America. Additionally, stallions may not be shown in Rookie or Level 1 (novice) amateur classes. SHW114.6 Level 1 (Novice) halter class winners are only eligible for Grand and Reserve Champion at Level 1 (Novice) shows.
  66. 66. SHW245. LEVEL 1 (NOVICE) ELIGIBILITY • SHW245. LEVEL 1 (NOVICE) ELIGIBILITY – Every person competing in Level 1 (Novice) amateur or Level 1 youth class must possess an amateur or youth membership card. • SHW.245.1 Level 1 (Novice) eligibility point ranges will be established once every three years for each class. Class point ranges are based on the cumulative average of all Level 1 (Novice) competitors, per class, during the three immediate previous calendar years. Level 1 (Novice) eligibility point cap will be greater of 25 points or the 90th percentile. Level 1 (Novice) eligibility point ranges and percentiles, per class can be found at aqha.com/leveling. • SHW 245.2 Level 1 (Novice) points are not recorded on a horse’s performance record; points are recorded on the exhibitor.
  67. 67. SHW 245.3 SHW 245.3 When determining eligibility for a level in a particular class, an individual/ horse may not have exceeded the point cap described in SHW245.1 for that particular class. In addition, at the time of application for level 1 (Novice) an individual may not have earned a superior award in a particular class in any equine organization or association with a membership of more than 7,500 members (including AQHA): placed in the top 10 at any AQHA World Championship Show in a particular class; won a world, reserve world, national or reserve national championship title in a particular class in any equine organization or association with a membership of more than 7,500 members; placed first at an AQHA Level 1 (Novice) Championship Show in a particular class; won an international or reserve international title for that particular class at the European Championships or German Championships regardless of whether the international class in question was an AQHA –approved class; or won a total of $5,000 in cash and prizes with any equine organization or association. If an exhibitor has not reached any of the above achievements but has pointed out of level 1 (Novice), the exhibitor can only return to level 1 in that particular class if the exhibitor has not earned any points in that class for 10 consecutive years and must meet eligibility requirements per Rule SHW245.3.
  68. 68. SHW 245.4 & SHW 251.2 SHW 245.4 Once an exhibitor is assigned a level for a given show year , they are eligible to compete in that level for the entire year. SHW 251.2 A horse which points out level 1 may continue to show in level 1 for the for the remainder of the calendar year. After than (sic) calendar year, however, that horse may never return to level 1.
  69. 69. SHW245.8 SHW245.8 Level 1 (Novice) exhibitors may participate on a non-owned horse in Level 1 (Novice) classes only at AQHA-approved shows without the use of permits. The recorded owner retains the ability to show the same horse in any class other than the same class as the Level 1 (Novice) exhibitor. This option is not available to competitors at the top 10 show circuits. The top 10 show circuits can be found at aqha.com will be determined by the number of entries in the previous year. For the top 10 shows (provided the show accepts permits), a Level 1 (Novice) amateur or Level 1 (Novice) youth member may apply for up to 10 permits allowing them to compete with one permit per show on a non-owned horses in Level 1 (Novice) classes only. Points earned by Level 1 (Novice), whether using permits or not, will count toward the point cap per class for Level 1 (Novice) eligibility. Applications for permits shall be directed to the AQHA competition department on application forms provided by AQHA or an application may be filled out at an AQHA-approved show, and be granted as AQHA, in its sole discretion, determines. Exhibitors must have a current amateur or youth membership to participate. All Level 1 (Novice) rules still apply whether using permits or not. So if someone wants to “try out” a horse at a show they can do that in a Novice class. Or you can share a horse with one exhibitor showing in Novice and another exhibitor in L1 – L3.
  70. 70. SHW252.3 Youth and amateur Rookie level performance classes can be run as stand-alone classes or concurrently with corresponding Level 1 (Novice) classes. Open division Rookie level performance classes can be run as stand-alone classes or concurrently with corresponding AQHA Level 1 (Green) classes. If an exhibitor is eligible to show in the Rookie class and the corresponding Level 1 (Novice/Green) class, they may enter both classes.

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