New Rules for AQHA in 2011
More Horses – Previously, only two horses could be shown per exhibitor in classes that are worked individually. Beginning January 1, exhibitors can show three horses in individually worked classes.
“If the open classes are combined into an all-ages class at a weekend show, then it goes back to four horses total,” according to Charlie Hemphill, AQHA senior director of shows and new events.
In grouped classes, such as horsemanship, Select exhibitors can show one horse in the amateur class and a different horse in the Select.
All-Around Events – Cotton or ear plugs in horses’ ears will be legal as well as the use of slip-on easy-care boots. In the past, this decision was left up to the discretion of the judges.
Novice youth are now eligible to show any horse without filling out a novice permit. The novice and the horse’s owner can show the horse at the same event, as long as it’s not in that same youth class.
Members can get the Official Handbook of Rules and Regulations online at www.aqha.com in January.
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