Know the rules and start your 2022 show year off right

Several COVID-prompted rule variances that were in place for 2020 and 2021 ended December 31, 2021.

As of January 1, 2022, the following rules reverted back to their pre-COVID requirements as found in the 2022 APHA Rule Book.

  • Novice and Green eligibility
  • Youth in their last year of their respective division
  • Mandatory touch-point obstacles in trail, in-hand trail and ranch trail
  • Judge scheduling restrictions
  • Show approval and cancelation rules
  • Top 20 Award restriction on number of times a judge can be used

The full list of rules that had been temporarily suspended—all of which are reverting back to their original pre-COVID requirements—can be found here.

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