If competition is what you crave, you should check out APHA’s Amateur program.
APHA has three Amateur Divisions that gives people the opportunity to compete comfortably at their skill level:
- 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, money earnings and/or championships.
- AMATEUR WALK-TROT is a division for those that only want to walk-trot which gives people an additional level to choose to participate in. Please note that shows are not required to hold APHA-approved Walk-Trot classes.
To qualify for the APHA Amateur Program, exhibitors must be 19 years old & over as of January 1 of the current year and follow the remuneration and judging restrictions under rule AM-010. Please familiarize yourself with the Amateur Rules for eligibility, ownership, and competition in the APHA Rule Book.
READY TO SHOW? Follow these steps:
OFF TO COLLEGE, BUT STILL WANT TO SHOW?
APHA allows students to show a horse from their college’s equine program in the APHA Amateur or Novice Amateur classes. So, if you sold your horse before going off to college; passed him on to a younger sibling; or are just too far away from his pasture now, this program gives you an opportunity to continue to show. For those new to Paint shows, it provides a great chance to begin your showing career.
The first criterion required for students to take advantage of this opportunity is to qualify for Amateur or Novice Amateur status. Then they must submit an application that includes a signature from the college’s equestrian team coach or equine program instructor, a list of the horses on which the student wishes to compete, verification of the student’s enrollment in at least 12 credit hours, and a photocopy of their student identification. For APHA purposes, the spring semester is designated from January 1 – June 30, with the remainder of the year denoted as the fall semester. in the APHA Amateur or Novice Amateur classes.
Application to Show a College- or University- Owned Horse
QUESTIONS? Contact APHA’s Performance Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.