Ontario Quarter Horse Association

2015 All Novice Weekend

ALL NOVICE WEEKEND – May 9th & 10th  Ancaster Fairgrounds

Clinics ~ Demonstrations ~ Coaching ~ Swap Your Ride Event

Tack Swap & Consignment Sale ~ AQHA All Novice Show

2015 Novice Show Bill

2015 Novice Show Entry Form

2015 Novice Show Flyer

Attention all novice and rookie exhibitors!  The Ontario Quarter Horse Association is once again hosting a novice show weekend that starts off with a clinic day on Saturday May 9th, followed by an AQHA/OQHA All Novice Rookie Youth and Amateur Show.

This Novice/Rookie show is the perfect level of competition for beginners and open show exhibitors who would like the opportunity to come out to an AQHA approved show.  The purpose of this show is to reach out to AQHA members of all ages and riding levels.  We offer true entry-level classes in hopes of introducing new and current members who have maybe never shown at an AQHA show, or have limited showing at this level.

Novice/Rookie competitors may compete with a horse that he or she does not own at this show, which allows an excellent opportunity for individuals who are have access to a registered quarter horse, but not necessarily own.

Saturday May 9th will be a clinic and demonstration day.  OQHA has a number of AQHA professional Horsemen and Women as well as AQHA judges who will be offering clinics and mentoring to help the participants better prepare themselves for the upcoming show season.  Clinics and demonstrations will be targeted towards AQHA, however is open to all breeds.  Cost is $25 per person, and you are encouraged to bring your horse, or feel free to come as a moderator.

Sunday May 10th is a full AQHA Novice/Rookie AQHA show. Seasoned Amateur and Youth exhibitors will be offering a mentorship program, and will be able to help the exhibitors with anything from banding to registration and even helping calm those horse show jitters.

This show will be a great learning opportunity and offers the exhibitors a more relaxed, fun and less intimidating AQHA show experience.

  • Stalls are available at a cost of $50 for the weekend
  • Shavings – $7 per bag
  • $50 All In show fees  (allows unlimited entries for one horse)

For more information, contact Shawna Crawford at crawfordqh@gmail.com or by phone at 613-913-7262.

Here’s a handy Horse Show Check List of things to bring or prepare for your show experience!


March 9th, 2015|News 2015, Novice Show|

AQHA Eligibility

How to find your eligibility for AQHA Rookie and/or Novice Classes…

AQHA-levelingFor Rookie eligibility both the Horse and the Exhibitor need to be Rookie, meaning as a team you can not have more than 10 lifetime points in that class. Example: Joe Exhibitor has 5 Showmanship points and Horse has 3 Showmanship points = 8 points total, that team is eligible for the Rookie Showmanship Class. Click on the link below to look up eligibility for you and your horse. Find-Your-Level

2015 AQHA Level 1 Championships Qualification Period

Be sure to know the qualifications – visit www.aqha.com/novicequalifying for details. And here is the Provincial Qualification Guidelines Qualifying for Novice Championship Show

Please note, Level 1 eligibility is based on a calendar year, meaning January 1 to December 31; the AQHA Level 1 Championships qualifying period is July 1 to June 30 of the following year. Level 1-eligible exhibitors who nationally qualify before December 31, then graduate out of Level 1 on January 1 would still earn an invitation to the appropriate year’s Level 1 Championships for which they qualified.

Leveling Eligibility Remember, it is the show secretary’s responsibility to verify exhibitor eligibility. When an exhibitor and horse enter Rookie, Level 1 or Level 2 in any division, the exhibitor needs to supply a copy of their leveling eligibility to the secretary. Level eligibility can be verified at www.aqha.com/findyourlevel. If exhibitors do not provide their eligibility, help us educate our exhibitors and encourage them go to www.aqha.com/findyourlevel to check and print their proof of eligibility. Beginning January 2016, if an exhibitor does not provide their proof of eligibility, they will be allowed to only enter Level 3.

AQHA Rule SHW130. Show Secretary: must accurately maintain and record both entries and show results, including verifying exhibitor eligibility, current membership and horse eligibility.

Exhibitors ~ New For 2015!

To enter the Green (L1) Open, Novice (L1) and
Rookie Youth/Amateur Classes you must show your eligibility sheet printed from the AQHA Website.

New for 2015: Helmets

As of January 1, 2015, all youth (18 and under) at all AQHA-sanctioned events, when riding in an English hunt saddle, must wear properly fastened protective headgear that meets ASTM/SEI standards or equivalent international standards for equestrian use. The helmet must also be properly fitted with harness secured.

January 25th, 2015|Association, News 2015|

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