APHA’s show program is the premier platform for Paint-only competition. Compete aboard your registered Paint Horse in a fun, family-oriented yet challenging environment at the regional, zone and national level. Created for non-professionals age 19 and up, the APHA Amateur division offers a wide variety of divisions and classes.

 Three divisions help you compete at a level compatible with your abilities:

AMATEUR: for seasoned competitors who are not professionals.
NOVICE AMATEUR: a more introductory level; it is possible to be Novice in some categories and Amateur in others based on  points/earnings/championships.
WALK-TROT: offers competition for exhibitors who, for any number of reasons, do not wish to  compete at the lope or canter. Please see Rule AM-300 in the current APHA Rule Book to familiarize yourself about these classes.
Please note that shows are not required to hold APHA-approved Walk-Trot classes.

Please familiarize yourself with the Amateur rules for eligibility, ownership, and competition in the most current APHA Rule Book.

Please note: An APHA Amateur/Novice Amateur/Walk-Trot card is separate from your regular APHA membership. Amateur cards expire on December 31 of each year and must be renewed annually.

For questions regarding the Amateur program, selecting a division, or the Amateur application, contact Director of Amateur Activities Savanna Robbins at srobbins@apha.com.


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