Eligibility for a Rookie-level class depends on both the horse and the rider’s show records:
-For a horse to be eligible to compete in a Rookie-level class, that horse must have earned fewer than 10 lifetime points in that class in any division excluding Level 1 points. (Level 1 points, formerly known as Novice, are not recorded on a horse’s performance record; points are recorded on the exhibitor.)
-For an exhibitor to be eligible to compete in a Rookie-level class, that exhibitor must have earned fewer than 10 lifetime points in that class in any division. (AQHA Rookie)
-Thus, to compete in a Rookie level class, the horse and rider must each have earned fewer than 10 points in that particular class. (Level 1 amateur/youth points are excluded from the horse’s lifetime points.)
Open, amateur, Novice amateur, youth, Novice youth and Rookie-level points all count toward Rookie-level eligibility.