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New Novice Rules

July 13, 2010

A new way to gain showing experience in AQHA’s Novice Division.

Previously, novice exhibitors needed to acquire a permit to show a horse not owned by them or an eligible family member, and each exhibitor was limited to 10 permits per year. With a new rule change, novice exhibitors can exhibit any horse in novice youth or novice amateur competition, regardless of ownership.

There are exceptions to the new rule. Certain shows may not allow permits or leases in the novice classes, such as The All American Quarter Horse Congress. Shows that do not allow permit or lease competition require that Novice exhibitors show a horse owned by themselves or an eligible family member.

The top 10 circuit shows of the year also require permits for novice exhibitors to show a horse that is not owned by the exhibitor or an eligible family member. The top 10 shows are determined by the total number of entries the previous year and can change from year to year. The top 10 shows of 2010 are listed below.

  • Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association Redbud Spectacular, Oklahoma City
  • Texas Classic, Fort Worth, Texas
  • South Florida Quarter Horse Association Gold Coast, Tampa, Florida
  • Arizona Sun Country Circuit, Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Dixie National Quarter Horse Show, Jackson, Mississippi
  • Big A Circuit, Conyers, Georgia
  • Florida Quarter Horse Association Gulf Coast Circuit, Tampa, Florida
  • Oregon Quarter Horse Association Summer Classic, Central Point, Oregon
  • The Stars and Strips Circuit, Conyers, Georgia
  • Western Pennsylvania Quarter Horse Association, Harlansburg, Pennsylvania

This rule change opens up many more opportunities for people to continue to expand their knowledge and abilities with an American Quarter Horse.

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