Originally Posted by howrsegirl123
So I could be in Youth and Novice Youth...is Rookie based on the horse or the rider? What about Green?
Also, when will I not be in Youth anymore? I'll be 18 this year.
First off, not all shows are going to have rookie classes. So don't be surprised if you don't see them on the showbill. For these, it is a combination of points from the horse and the rider. The total for both can't be over 10.
The novice youth classes are generally all-age at the regular shows. If split into age ranges, you would be in the 14-18.
For your age, go by your age on Jan. 1. So if you are 18 on that date, that's what you go with for the rest of the year. You'd be in the amateur classes in 2014, then.
I would recommend not going in the green classes. These are open classes and largely filled with trainers and open-caliber horses.
Finally, the AQHA handbook is available to download online.