Novice Non-Pro Program

small web bannerBeginning January 1, 2010, the novice division of the non-pro program has undergone some changes. Eligibility to compete in novice non-pro classes will be determined by the number of points you have earned in each class rather than by the total number of non-pro points you’ve earned. Non-pros will be eligible to compete in novice classes if they have less than 20 points in that class. This includes class points earned in ApHC competition in youth, novice youth, non-pro, 35 & over non-pro, masters non-pro, novice non-pro and any other breed organization class points. Points earned in leadline, walk-trot, youth halter and non-pro halter classes do not count toward determining novice eligibility.

Novice eligibility is determined by the number of points that the exhibitor has earned in that class, no matter which age division. There are no Novice Age division classes, but an exhibitor is welcome to show in both their age division and in novice at the same show. Once an exhibitor is ineligible for Novice they can still show in all of the other Non-Pro divisions that they qualify for by age.

Former professionals reclassified as non-pros are not eligible for novice classes. And if you’ve won an ApHC National or World class title or a class championship in any other breed organization beginning January 1, 1996, you are not eligible as a novice non-pro in the class in which you earned the championship (excluding halter and hunter in hand classes).

There is a novice non-pro class for each corresponding non-pro class (except halter and hunter in hand).

Novice eligibility is determined as of January 1 of each year. If you are eligible for novice classes as of that date, you remain eligible to compete in novice through the end of that calendar year.

Because novice eligibility is determined by class, you will no longer receive a novice sticker for your membership card. You will be able to access your novice eligibility status for each class by logging on to the ApHC Web site at Click “Show” and then click “Verify Your Membership Here” where you will be able to enter your membership number and find a list of specific classes in which you may compete as a novice. Please print out a copy of that list and use it as proof of novice eligibility when required.

As always, we rely on non-pro members to be aware of rule changes and to understand that even if you are listed as being eligible to show in novice classes, if you don’t meet all the criteria (including points or titles that you may have earned in other breed association competition), you are expressly denied the right to compete in novice classes.

We realize that not all the data on-line is current and accurate at this point. However, we are working to update records as quickly as possible. If you access this information and feel that it is not accurate, or if you have any questions about these changes, please contact the ApHC office at 208-882-5578 ext. 400 or by email at

Comments are closed.