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2020 Nutrena AQHA Level 1 Championships Tentative Schedules

The American Quarter Horse Association has released the tentative schedules for the 2020 Nutrena AQHA Central, West and East Level 1 Championships.

View the Nutrena Central Level 1 tentative schedule.
View the Nutrena West Level 1 tentative schedule.
View the Nutrena East Level 1 tentative schedule.

The AQHA Level 1 cattle classes are held with the 2020 AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championships, June 23-28 in Guthrie, Oklahoma. The schedule for those classes will be posted at a later date.

The 2020 Nutrena AQHA Central Level 1 Championships is April 8-11 at OKC Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City; the 2020 Nutrena AQHA West Level 1 Championships is April 15-19 to the South Point Equestrian & Events Center in Las Vegas; and the 2020 Nutrena East AQHA Level 1 Championships is April 29 – May 3 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 2020 Level 1 Championships, an exhibitor must:

•Be Level 1 or Rookie eligible in the class they wish to enter as of January 1, 2019.

•New for 2020: AQHA Rookie eligibility is based on the previous year’s points and earnings, similar to Level 1 eligibility for these championship shows. Read more about Rookie eligibility.

•Be an AQHA member at the time of entry and at the time of the 2020 Level 1 Championships.


•If a competitor graduated out of Level 1 or Rookie in the 2019 show season, he or she is still eligible to enter the event.

•If you have won a Level 1 class at a Level 1 Championships, you cannot show in that same class at future Level 1 Championships, including the 2020 Level 1 Championships. However, you can still show in that class at other AQHA sanctioned shows (excluding the Level 1 Championships) until you meet the requirements found in SHW245. You can still show at the Level 1 Championships in any other class(es) for which you are eligible. Learn more about AQHA Rule SHW245 in the AQHA Official Handbook of Rules and Regulations.

Level eligibility is determined on a class-by-class basis. Exhibitors are encouraged to use the online level verification system at to determine if they are Level 1 or Rookie eligible in a particular class. Walk-trot classes require that exhibitors be Level 1 eligible in their particular class.

About the Nutrena AQHA Level 1 Championships

The Nutrena AQHA Level 1 Championships feature Walk-Trot, Rookie 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 Nutrena AQHA Level 1 Championships are intended for exhibitors to learn and grow in the show arena while sharpening their horsemanship skills. The shows offer a welcoming environment for AQHA members to be showcased in a championship arena and to compete for more than $100,000 in prizes and jackpot money.

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