The American Quarter Horse Association is excited to announce the return of the Nutrena AQHA Level 1 Championships in 2022

The 2022 Nutrena East AQHA Level 1 Championships is tentatively scheduled for April 27 to May 1 at the World Equestrian Center in Wilmington, Ohio. The Nutrena West AQHA Level 1 Championships is slated for May 18-22 and will be held in conjunction with the Arizona Quarter Horse Association’s Pinnacle Circuit at WestWorld in Scottsdale, Arizona. Both events will feature Level 1, Rookie and walk-trot championship classes.

The AQHA Cattle Level 1 Championships, presented by the Four Sixes Ranch, will return to the 2022 AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championships, tentatively scheduled for June 20-25 at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma. Exhibitors can compete at only one Level 1 Championship each year. The tentative schedules for all three shows will be posted at a later date.

To be eligible to enter the 2022 Level 1 Championships, an exhibitor must:

  • Be Rookie and/or Level 1 eligible in the class they wish to enter as of January 1, 2021.
  • Be an AQHA member at the time of entry and at the time of the 2022 Level 1 Championships.


  • If a competitor graduated out of Level 1 after the 2021 show season, he or she is still invited to enter, as eligibility is based on the 2021 competition year.
  • If you have won a Level 1 class at a Level 1 Championships, you cannot show in that same class at future Level 1 Championships, including the 2022 Level 1 Championships. However, you can still show in that class at AQHA shows (excluding the Level 1 Championships) until you meet the level-up requirements found in SHW245. You can still show at the Level 1 Championships in any other class(es) for which you are Level 1 eligible. Learn more about AQHA Rule SHW245 in the AQHA Official Handbook of Rules and Regulations.

Level eligibility is determined on a class-by-class basis. Exhibitors are encouraged to use the online level verification system at to determine if they are Level 1 or Rookie eligible in a particular class. Walk-trot classes do require exhibitors to be Level 1 eligible in their particular class. 

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About Nutrena

Nutrena feed isn’t just grown, it’s crafted. Real science goes into putting the nutrients animals need into each Nutrena® feed product. Nutrena is a proud supporter of AQHA programs including the Nutrena Level 1 Championships, Nutrena Ride the Pattern clinics and AQHA Professional Horsemen. Learn more about AQHA Corporate Partner Nutrena.