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    07-18-2012, 03:53 PM
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AQHA points question

I do have a rule book and everytime I THINK I understand the way the points work... I questions myself.

I am kicking around the idea of purchasing a new horse. It's in the very beginning possibility stage. I've considered what I want to spend and the types of horses that I want but I'm very wishy-washy.

I've looked at HUS only, WP only, and All-arounders. All body conformations, be it foundation bred, WP bred, and appendix.

The question that I have is this:

To ride in the Novice Amateur classes, Does the amount of points a horse has in that division count? Does that disqualify the horse from showing in the division if he has 25 or more points? What if the horse has points in open divsions?
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    07-18-2012, 05:45 PM
I believe that the novice divisions are a point system based on the rider. You can have an ROM horse and still ride in the novice if you have no points on yourself.
    07-18-2012, 11:51 PM
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That is what I was thinking but I wans't positive. I will double check with my trainer. I haven't made any definite decisions on buying one yet. There are 2 I like. One is an appendix that is 15K but I wonder WHY it's only 15k because in the video they are walk/trot/cantering bridle-less.

The other is also 15k but it has like 65 points and I wasn't sure if I could ride it in the novice division.
    07-19-2012, 12:36 AM
Oh Vair Oh is correct, the point requirements are based on the rider. Here is a link for limitations regarding showing novice ammy for AQHA...
AQHA: AQHA Rule Changes
    07-19-2012, 02:54 PM
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Awesome. Now that makes sense why these novice horses are staying in the novice classes for 10 years... they are just passing owners!

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