ApHC Membership And Novice Eligibility Verification         Print Page

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In order to be eligible to show in novice non-pro classes, the non-pro must have fewer than 20 points (including points earned in non-pro, novice non-pro, 35 & over non-pro, masters non-pro, youth and novice youth divisions) in that class in the ApHC and/or any other breed association as of January 1 of the current year and must not have won an ApHC non-pro National or World class title or reserve title or title in any other equine breed association in that class (beginning 1/1/1996). In addition, former professionals reclassified as non-pros are ineligible to compete in any novice classes.


To be eligible to show in a novice youth class, the youth, as of January 1 of the current year, shall have earned less than a combined total of 20 points in the ApHC and/or any other breed organization –approved or –sponsored shows in the group of youth and novice youth classes that count toward determining novice eligibility in each of the five novice youth classes, excluding walk-trot, leadline, hunter in hand and halter. The youth must not have won an ApHC youth National or World title or title in any other equine breed association (beginning 1/1/1998) in that class to remain eligible. Youth may be ineligible for one class (based on points or titles earned) but may still be eligible to compete in other novice youth classes.


The records indicated on this list include only the points and titles earned in ApHC-approved or -sponsored competitions. If you have earned points in excess of the limits listed above or have earned any National or World titles with any other equine breed association, you are expressly denied the ability to compete as a novice non-pro and/or novice youth in that specific class. Listing on this page does not guarantee novice eligibility.


Novice points will be accrued to the youth’s or non-pro's novice record regardless of whether or not the youth or non-pro is eligible to earn points as determined by their relationship to the owner of the horse. Once the 20-point total is reached, the youth or non-pro will no longer be able to show in that novice class at the end of the calendar year. However, these points will not count toward year-end high-point awards or accumulative lifetime awards.