The American Quarter Horse Association has released the tentative schedules for the 2018 AQHA Central, AQHA West and Nutrena East Level 1 Championships. Photo © The American Quarter Horse Association

2018 AQHA Level 1 Championships Schedules Announced

The American Quarter Horse Association has released the tentative schedules for the 2018 AQHA Central, AQHA West and Nutrena East Level 1 Championships.

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New this year, the AQHA Level 1 cattle classes have moved to the 2018 Zoetis AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championships June 14-17 in Guthrie, Oklahoma. The schedule for those classes will be posted at a later date.

The 2018 AQHA Central Level 1 Championships is April 10-14 at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, the 2018 AQHA West Level 1 Championships returns April 18-22 to the South Point Equestrian & Events Center in Las Vegas and the 2018 Nutrena East AQHA Level 1 Championships is May 2-6 at the World Equestrian Center in Wilmington, Ohio. Exhibitors can compete at only one Level 1 Championships each year.

To be eligible to enter the 2018 Level 1 Championships, an exhibitor must:

Be Level 1-eligible in the class they wish to enter as of January 1, 2017.

Be an AQHA member at the time of entry and at the time of the 2018 Level 1 Championships.

If a competitor graduated out of Level 1 in the 2017 show season, he or she is still invited to enter the event.

If you have won a class at a Level 1 Championships, you cannot show in that same class at future Level 1 Championships, including the 2018 Level 1 Championships.

However, you can still show in that class at AQHA shows (excluding the Level 1 Championships) until you meet the point level.

You can still show at the Level 1 Championships in any other class(es) for which you are still Level 1-eligible. Learn more about AQHA Rule SHW245.3 in the AQHA Official Handbook of Rules and Regulations.

Level 1 eligibility is determined on a class-by-class basis. Exhibitors are encouraged to use the online level verification system at www.aqha.com/leveling to determine if they are Level 1-eligible in a particular class.

About the AQHA Level 1 Championships

The AQHA Level 1 Championships feature Rookie classes, sponsored by B&W Trailer Hitches, and Level 1 classes. The shows offer a variety of events and activities for competitors, friends, family and spectators to take part in throughout the show, including free Ride the Pattern clinics taught by AQHA Professional Horsemen. The Level 1 Championships are intended for exhibitors to learn and grow in the show arena while sharpening their horsemanship skills. The shows provide a safe environment for AQHA members to be showcased in a championship arena and to compete to earn prizes for their dedication.

For more information, visit www.aqha.com/level1championships.

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