Can I be eligible for Level 1 youth or amateur again?

AQHA uses a rolling time span of the previous three years to determine level eligibility.

Exhibitors can graduate up the leveling system based on their points earned in all Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 classes across all divisions. Rookie and walk/trot points don’t count toward Level 1 eligibility. Classes that are not leveled are consider Level 3.

All points earned in this rolling three-year time frame are added together to get the total number of points.

  • If you did not point out of Level 1 in this three-year time frame, your points from the earliest year will fall off your record and will not be included toward the next year’s eligibility. The immediate previous year is then added on to your record and will be included toward the next year’s eligibility. For example, 2020 eligibility was based on points earned between November 1, 2016, through October 31, 2019. For 2021 eligibility, all 2016 points fell off, but 2020 points were added on.
  • For 2022 eligibility, points earned between November 1, 2018, through October 31, 2021, will be used to determine your level eligibility for that specific class.

If you have pointed out of a class, congratulations! AQHA allows exhibitors to return to Level 1 eligibility provided the following:

  • The exhibitor has not earned any points in that class in any level or any division for 10 consecutive years.
  • The exhibitor is 70 years of age or older as of January 1 of the show season and was made ineligible by pointing out. If made ineligible in any other way, the exhibitor may not return to Level 1 eligibility until all other requirements have been met.

If you have further questions regarding leveling, check out the Leveling Made Easy brochure here.