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AQHA Rookie of the Year

September 28, 2010

Rules and qualifications for the AQHA Rookie of the Year award.

AQHA Customer Service Rep Kayla Randall

AQHA Customer Service Rep Kayla Randall

AQHA has several award programs that benefit new exhibitors. The Justin Rookie of the Year award is a favorite of mine.

The Justin Rookie of the Year award program requires a little strategy. You only get one shot at it, so if you are new at showing AQHA, read on to see how you can get your hands on the prize!

The Justin Rookie of the Year Award is available to amateur and youth competitors, and is split into the following divisions, according to age, and split again by state/province.

Youth Divisions
11 and under
12-14
15-18

Amateur Divisions
30 and under
31-49
50 and over

To be eligible for the award, the exhibitor cannot have won any AQHA points prior to the year of the award. Upon earning your first .5 point, AQHA sends you a letter letting you know you are eligible for the Justin Rookie of the Year competition. This is where the strategy comes into play. If you are new to AQHA showing and wish to compete in this award program, getting your first .5 point in January gives you a slight advantage – more time to rack up more points!

More opportunity to win! The competition has been split into age and state/province divisions, and there are winners selected for each category! One winner is awarded for each age division, and another one for overall youth and overall amateur in each state/province. If you are the age-group winner, and the state/province winner, you’ve just received two awards!

So, what do you get if you win? In the youth age divisions, each winner receives a scholarship, belt buckle and a certificate for a free pair of Justin boots. Amateur age division winners receive a cash prize, belt buckle and a certificate for a free pair of Justin boots. Each state/province winner receives a belt buckle and a certificate for a free pair of Justin boots.

Want to start showing in 2010? Find a show near you to qualify!

Questions? Leave a comment!

As Always, At Your Service,

Kayla Randall
AQHA Customer Service