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Dash4KJ
Reg. Oct 2003
Posted 2018-11-12 4:43 PM
Subject: AQHA shows- entering



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 Anyone care to help me get these figured out? What do I need to know on entering and such? I asked a barrel racer and she just said its really hard lol    I have searched AQHA website but want to know from someone whos done the shows what to expect :)  nothing better than the experience to really know! Thanks yall!
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SKM
Reg. Dec 2003
Posted 2018-11-12 5:18 PM
Subject: RE: AQHA shows- entering



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It’s similar to entering a jackpot. Shows have producers. Usually you can go to the producers website to get the entry forms. Then you just fill it out. You’ll need a current AQHA membership and possibly one for the State Association. Make sure you have your registeration papers and check for that particular venue (and producer) about the health requirements. Some shows make you pay for stalls, even if you don’t use them. Again, just check with the producer.
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Dash4KJ
Reg. Oct 2003
Posted 2018-11-12 5:58 PM
Subject: RE: AQHA shows- entering



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SKM - 2018-11-12 4:18 PM It’s similar to entering a jackpot. Shows have producers. Usually you can go to the producers website to get the entry forms. Then you just fill it out. You’ll need a current AQHA membership and possibly one for the State Association. Make sure you have your registeration papers and check for that particular venue (and producer) about the health requirements. Some shows make you pay for stalls, even if you don’t use them. Again, just check with the producer.

 Thank you!
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streakysox
Reg. Jul 2008
Posted 2018-11-13 9:12 PM
Subject: RE: AQHA shows- entering



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Many shows have you pre-enter so you have to be up on dates. You have to have reg.papers, coggins, and health certificate. You usually either pay for a stall or a grounds fee if you don’t get a stall. You have entry fees, office charges, and drug testing fees even at small shows. Often there is a judges fee. Multiple judges means multiple fees. Very few have any kind of money pay out. If you are riding in an amateur class the horse must be registered in your name and you have to have an amateur card.
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Bobbie1207
Reg. Sep 2008
Posted 2018-11-14 6:26 PM
Subject: RE: AQHA shows- entering


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Unless you are a youth who will be qualifying for the World Show you won't need to be a member of the state association (some state associations do require you to have a state membership if going for all around awards). You will need to have a current AQHA membership and those can be purchased at the show (although if you are purchasing an amateur card I suggest going through AQHA sooner rather than later). If you are a member of the WPRA you cannot run as an amateur in the barrel racing but can show in other events and you can not have accepted any money to show, judge, train or assist in training a horse in the past 3 years. Amateurs may show horses that are owned by immediate family members (the list is very long as to who is immediate family) or a horse they have leased through an official AQHA lease form.

Most shows are what is known as split/combined. For instance show 1 is held on Thursday and Friday and judged by judge 1, show 2 is also held on Thursday and Friday and judged by judge 2, show 3 is held Saturday and Sunday and is judged by judge 3 and show 4 is also held Saturday and Sunday and is judged by judge 4. If you only entered shows 1 & 2 or shows 3 & 4 you would pay two entry fees, if you entered all four you'd pay four entry fees. Approximately half of the shows classes will be held on Thursday and Saturday and the other half on Friday and Saturday (clear as mud)? There are other fees that are one-time fees and the show bill will reflect those fees. There are also stand alone special events which may only be timed events or a trail class or roping.

Your horse will earn points based on its placing and the number of horses in the class. If you win the class and there are three entries you'll earn a half point for each judge. The point system then goes on a five-entry system:

5 entries: 1 point to 1st, .5 point to 2nd
10 entries: 2 points to 1st. 1 point to 2nd, .5 point to 3rd
15 entries: 3 points to 1st, 2 points to 2nd, 1 point to 3rd and .5 point to 4th

Each year AQHA sets a required amount of points to earn to show at the world shows. Classes are divided into junior and senior at the world show for barrels and poles in the open division and there is just one barrel, pole and stakes class at the amateur world show. Some of the bigger shows may offer a junior and senior open class. There's also a leveling program based on lifetime points earned but that's best left to AQHA to explain (most likely you are a Level 1 rider).

Some shows do have side pots or a 3 or 4/D jackpot. There are usually class circuit awards for horses who compete in all the shows and an all around award for each division. Check into the show's rules for the all around, some require a halter class. However, our son earned an open all around at a large show several years ago when he showed in barrels, poles, and ranch riding (old reining mare turned timed eventer that could be brought back down for the ranch riding when she was switched to a curb).

Equipment is not a free-for-all, there are bits and tie-downs that are not legal to run in at AQHA events. Show officials can answer those questions for you if you have any. Long sleeves rolled down with collars, jeans, boots and hat or helmet are required.

You will need your ORIGINAL AQHA papers to present to the show office, and your membership card. Depending on the show you may be required to have a coggins and current health papers. Some shows allow jump-outs/day fees and others require all horses to have stalls (for instance the fairgrounds in Des Moines Iowa requires all horses to be stalled).

Most show personnel are friendly and eager to answer your questions (every once in awhile you run into someone who's cranky but they are rare). Don't hesitate to contact the show secretary listed on the show bill to answer any questions you have about that particular show.

If you have any other questions I'd be happy to try to help answer them for you.

Edited by Bobbie1207 2018-11-14 6:32 PM
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Rausch_Jessica
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Posted 2018-11-15 11:10 AM
Subject: RE: AQHA shows- entering



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Bobbie1207 - 2018-11-14 6:26 PM Unless you are a youth who will be qualifying for the World Show you won't need to be a member of the state association (some state associations do require you to have a state membership if going for all around awards). You will need to have a current AQHA membership and those can be purchased at the show (although if you are purchasing an amateur card I suggest going through AQHA sooner rather than later). If you are a member of the WPRA you cannot run as an amateur in the barrel racing but can show in other events and you can not have accepted any money to show, judge, train or assist in training a horse in the past 3 years. Amateurs may show horses that are owned by immediate family members (the list is very long as to who is immediate family) or a horse they have leased through an official AQHA lease form. Most shows are what is known as split/combined. For instance show 1 is held on Thursday and Friday and judged by judge 1, show 2 is also held on Thursday and Friday and judged by judge 2, show 3 is held Saturday and Sunday and is judged by judge 3 and show 4 is also held Saturday and Sunday and is judged by judge 4. If you only entered shows 1 & 2 or shows 3 & 4 you would pay two entry fees, if you entered all four you'd pay four entry fees. Approximately half of the shows classes will be held on Thursday and Saturday and the other half on Friday and Saturday (clear as mud)? There are other fees that are one-time fees and the show bill will reflect those fees. There are also stand alone special events which may only be timed events or a trail class or roping. Your horse will earn points based on its placing and the number of horses in the class. If you win the class and there are three entries you'll earn a half point for each judge. The point system then goes on a five-entry system: 5 entries: 1 point to 1st, .5 point to 2nd 10 entries: 2 points to 1st. 1 point to 2nd, .5 point to 3rd 15 entries: 3 points to 1st, 2 points to 2nd, 1 point to 3rd and .5 point to 4th Each year AQHA sets a required amount of points to earn to show at the world shows. Classes are divided into junior and senior at the world show for barrels and poles in the open division and there is just one barrel, pole and stakes class at the amateur world show. Some of the bigger shows may offer a junior and senior open class. There's also a leveling program based on lifetime points earned but that's best left to AQHA to explain (most likely you are a Level 1 rider). Some shows do have side pots or a 3 or 4/D jackpot. There are usually class circuit awards for horses who compete in all the shows and an all around award for each division. Check into the show's rules for the all around, some require a halter class. However, our son earned an open all around at a large show several years ago when he showed in barrels, poles, and ranch riding (old reining mare turned timed eventer that could be brought back down for the ranch riding when she was switched to a curb). Equipment is not a free-for-all, there are bits and tie-downs that are not legal to run in at AQHA events. Show officials can answer those questions for you if you have any. Long sleeves rolled down with collars, jeans, boots and hat or helmet are required. You will need your ORIGINAL AQHA papers to present to the show office, and your membership card. Depending on the show you may be required to have a coggins and current health papers. Some shows allow jump-outs/day fees and others require all horses to have stalls (for instance the fairgrounds in Des Moines Iowa requires all horses to be stalled). Most show personnel are friendly and eager to answer your questions (every once in awhile you run into someone who's cranky but they are rare). Don't hesitate to contact the show secretary listed on the show bill to answer any questions you have about that particular show. If you have any other questions I'd be happy to try to help answer them for you.

Bobbie1207 - Can you please explain the levels? I see that they have open and armature but they also have levels 1-3? How do you know what level you are and do you have to declare a level when entering? 
 
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Chandler's Mom
Reg. Jan 2015
Posted 2018-11-15 7:19 PM
Subject: RE: AQHA shows- entering



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streakysox
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Posted 2018-11-15 9:52 PM
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The levels go by number six of AQHA points accumulated by the horse or rider. For instance if I by a horse that has 50 barrel racing points, you probably cannot run that horse in level 1. If you the rider have accumulated a certain number of points on five horses you cannot participate in level 1. You will have to call AQHA about the number of points. This keeps someone from just winning year after year. Level 1 has its own show at a different time of year. Level 2 works the same way but if you are on the list of trainers with AQHA you are not eligible and if you are a member of certain organizations like WPRA you are not eligible. If you train professionally but do not have the required number of points you are eligible to compete. Level 3 is for anyone to enter. Amateur goes by the number of points and you have to meet amateur qualifications
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