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2016 Amateur and Novice applications available online now

While some might spend the winter season dreaming of sugarplums and presents, Paint Horse exhibitors might have something else on the minds: the 2016 show season!

Before you hit your winter circuits and kick off the new year, be sure you’ve completed your Amateur and Novice card applications. New for 2016, a single online form is your one-stop shop for all your application and eligibility needs—you can apply for your Amateur, Novice Amateur, and Walk-Trot cards via this easy form.

Apply for an Amateur, Novice Amateur or Walk-Trot card

Apply for a Novice Youth card

Applications are processed on a first-come-first-served basis unless otherwise requested—email [email protected] if you plan to compete at a stock show or holiday circuit. Standard processing begins the week of December 21.

Rule changes approved at the 2015 APHA Convention go into effect January 1, 2016, and a change to AM-205 might affect your Novice Amateur eligibility; be sure to review these new rules ahead of applying for your 2016 cards.

AM-205 now allows Novice Amateurs to gain more experience in Amateur-level classes before pointing out of Novice eligibility. Become informed and use this change to push yourself at your next APHA show!

AM-205 A.2.a., Novice Amateur Eligibility

a.       To be eligible for Novice Amateur status in a category the applicant cannot have earned forty (40) revalued performance points (Open, Amateur and/or Youth combined) in that category in any recognized equine association including, but not limited to APHA, AQHA, ApHC, IBHA, PHBA, PtHA, AHA, AMHA, ABRA and POA.

Exception: Zone 12, 13, 14—the applicant cannot have earned 20 revalued performance points.
Return to Novice

If you’re returning to the show pen after a long hiatus, your previous accomplishments may no longer affect your Novice-level eligibility. Complete the following Novice Amateur Status Reinstatement form to disclose your competition history; complete the form and $25 fee at the same time as your Amateur application for fastest processing.

Novice Amateur Status Reinstatement Form



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The American Paint Horse Association is the world’s second-largest international equine breed association, registering more than a million horses in 59 nations and territories since it was founded. APHA creates and maintains programs that increase the value of American Paint Horses and enriches members’ experiences with their horses.